Media Kit & Media Relations Contacts

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The Salvation Army Media Kit

The Salvation Army, the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services,works to enhance our communities and make long-lasting positive changes. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.

This kit includes brief summaries of The Salvation Army's background, priorities and major areas of focus.

» Emergency Disaster Services Summary
» Disaster Response History
» Non-Emergency Overview
» Non-Emergency Services
» Origins of the Red Kettle
» 12 Things You Didn't Know About The Salvation Army

Financial information and statistics for The Salvation Army are available in our Annual Reports & Brochure section.

Salvation Army Organizational Structure

For administrative purposes, The Salvation Army USA is divided into four territories: the Eastern Territory with headquarters in West Nyack, New York; the Central Territory with headquarters in Des Plaines, Illinois; the Southern Territory with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Western Territory with headquarters in Long Beach, California.

Territories are made up of smaller units known as divisions. There are 40 divisions of The Salvation Army in the United States. Divisions consist of corps community centers for worship and service, which are the most basic units of The Salvation Army, and various specialized service centers. Each corps provides religious and social services that are adapted to meet local needs under the direction of their supervising corps officer.

Salvation Army Media Relations Contacts

Media relations for The Salvation Army (USA) are handled by National Headquarters in Alexandria, VA, and its public relations consultant, Richards Partners. All local media are asked to first contact their local Salvation Army representative for assistance with their inquiries or to speak to a local Salvation Army spokesperson.

National Headquarters
David Jolley, National Headquarters Public Relations Director
(703) 299-5543 Office

Richards Partners
Kurt Watkins
(214) 891-7624

Central Territory: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Jeff Curnow, Public & Corporate Relations Manager
(847) 294-2046 Office
(847) 5714-1868 Cell

Eastern Territory: Connecticut, Delaware, Northeast Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, also Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Trish Raines, Director of Strategic Communication/External Relations
(845) 620-7316 Office

Southern Territory: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Southeast Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington DC and West Virginia.

Chris Priest, Public & Corporate Relations Director
(404) 728-6704 Office
(678) 485-4735 Cell

Western Territory: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Guam (US Territory).

Deborah Knutson, Public & Corporate Relations Director
(562) 491-8351 Office