Mayor Brandon Johnson
Mayor Brandon Johnson


May 13-19, 2024, marked to honor The Salvation Army's efforts in meeting human needs

CHICAGO (May 12, 2024)— In an effort to bring the citizens of Chicago together to address issues affecting their most vulnerable neighbors year-round, Mayor Brandon Johnson has issued a proclamation declaring May 13-19, 2024, as “Salvation Army Week in Chicago.” The proclamation recognizes the ongoing efforts of the staff and volunteers of the country’s largest nongovernmental provider of social services to help those in the community who are struggling.

“I, BRANDON JOHNSON, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO, do hereby proclaim May 13-19, 2024, to be SALVATION ARMY WEEK IN CHICAGO in recognition of the indelible contributions made by The Salvation Army and urge all residents to support this vital organization.”

Many people think of The Salvation Army’s bell ringers and Red Kettles during the holiday season, but few are aware of the organization’s role in serving those experiencing homelessness and the effects of poverty throughout the year. With community centers across the city, The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to provide help and hope to all Chicagoans through services including feeding, financial assistance, substance abuse recovery programs, afterschool programs, emergency shelter for children and families, and more.

“At a time when more than 450,000 Chicagoans live in poverty, we believe that by working together, we can positively impact the lives of those in need by providing service, love, and hope,” said Major Caleb Senn, The Salvation Army Chicago Area Commander. “During this special week, we ask all Chicagoans to come together in service to make a significant difference in the lives of others.”

In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed the first National Salvation Army Week as a reminder to Americans to give freely of themselves. In his speech, Eisenhower said: “Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood. In time of war, the men and women of this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home friendliness and warm concern. In the quieter days of peace, their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans. Giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of us all.”

The Salvation Army is grateful for the recognition by Mayor Johnson and the people of the City of Chicago. Together, we can make a lasting impact on our communities. To learn how to volunteer or make a financial gift that will stay in your local community, please visit

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