Above / Every holiday season folks are reminded of the bell-ringing volunteerism and fundraising accomplished by The Salvation Army to fulfill unmet needs. Several Emergency Disaster Training sessions are offered beginning Sat., Sept. 9, for folks available to help.

The Salvation Army in Chicago is offering specialized volunteer Emergency Disaster Training (EDS) for anyone interested in helping critical relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey in Texas and potentially Hurricane Irma in Florida.

All courses are free and open to the public (registration required). Full-day courses provide lunch.  

EDS Training Schedule

For more info, visit the Salvation Army training website for the State of Illinois at http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/training.

Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service (EDS) Headquarters: 

Address |1000 W. Pratt Blvd. | Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 | Map / Directions 

Hours | Monday – Friday8:00AM – 4:00PM | Saturday & Sunday: closed

Phone: 847-709-6700 

Additionally, The Salvation Army announces continued assets and personnel from Chicago will be sent to Houston and possibly Florida this week.  Current on-site personnel and resources in Houston given orders to locate to Florida in preparation of Hurricane Irma’s expected landfall as well.

Workers from across the United States and Canada continue to serve in Houston supporting efforts in the affected area. Twenty (20) mobile kitchens and response teams, with an average individual capacity to serve 1,000 meals per day, continue to provide hot meals, snacks, and hydration to Hurricane Harvey survivors, in addition to cleanup kits and other supplies. 

The Salvation Army Chicago Metropolitan Division

In 2015, The Salvation Army celebrated its 150th worldwide anniversary and 130 years of service in Chicagoland. As one of the largest direct providers of social services in the State of Illinois, The Salvation Army operates 29 corps community centers, as well as other facilities in neighborhoods across the greater Chicago area; offering shelter, meals, child care, disaster relief, after-school programs, recreational activities, music education and more.

Story submitted by Chez Ordonez for the Salvation Army.

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