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Who We Are: Driven by love and faith, The Salvation Army provides a wide array of solution-driven programs that lift our clients out of poverty while also meeting their most basic needs such as food and shelter. We aim to strengthen families in Central Ohio who are struggling. It is the love of God that empowers us to walk shoulder-to-shoulder with these neighbors in crisis, to give hope, and to move them toward lasting change.  Whether it is hunger, homelessness, a family crisis or addiction, we offer comprehensive care that leads to a better future.

What We Do: The Salvation Army’s programs and services are designed to address the whole person.  We are committed to meeting the immediate needs of people while helping them to achieve long term goals.  Last year, The Salvation Army in Central Ohio services included:

  • Choice food pantries

  • Congregate meals

  • Housing for homeless families and veterans

  • After-school and summer learning centers

  • Summer youth camps

  • Services to victims of human trafficking

  • Emergency disaster services

  • Spiritual and emotional care

Why We're Important: Since 1885, The Salvation Army has been meeting needs without discrimination in Central Ohio.  We keep overhead low, with 88 cents of every dollar going directly to local services.  We offer a large variety of programs, effectively addressing multiple needs of families and individuals under one umbrella.  Our community and worship centers are strategically located in areas of high need.

How We Impact the Community: In 2018 we provided:
•    515,968 meals
•    177,674 nights of lodging for homeless families, veterans and young adults 
•    66,823 people with basic needs & emergency assistance 
•    38,662 Christmas gifts for children 
•    23,385 educational hours for children; 92% of children increased in math and 96% in reading fluency
•    1,388 victims of human trafficking with assistance

How You Can Help: All of our programs are funded locally. Please pray, volunteer and donate.

  1. Donate:

    1. Mail a check – to address below

    2. Online –

    3. Sponsor a family for Christmas – Give online at For $50, you’ll provide everything a family needs for a special Christmas breakfast and dinner. Each Red Box also includes a game for the family to enjoy.

  2. Consider a Planned Charitable Gift. Contact Shelley Brown 614-437-2145.

  3. Volunteer: Call 614-358-2627

    1. Become a red kettle ringer.

    2. Volunteer in our food pantries.

    3. Operate a LemonAiD stand with your child. Visit for details.

Connect with The Salvation Army

966 E. Main Street

Columbus, OH 43205

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Area Coordinators: Majors Debra and Steven Ashcraft



Development Director: Erika Shemberg



Board Chair: Christy Prince

Our thanks to the 2020 Presenting Sponsor

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