The Salvation Army Elk County Announces ‘Warm Hearts’ Campaign

Nov 22, 2022

RIDGWAY, Pa. (November 23, 2022) – The Salvation Army Elk County is proud to announce the Warm Hearts Campaign to help seniors and veterans stay warm this winter. Thanks to a friend of The Salvation Army, donations will be matched dollar for dollar. All donations will remain in Elk County.

The price of residential heating oil has increased significantly in recent years, with a huge jump in price since 2020 and 2021 (U.S. Energy Information Administration data). Many of our neighbors in Western Pennsylvania, especially vulnerable seniors and veterans, are faced with the difficult choice between putting food on the table or paying the gas bill.  

“It is not only about the high energy bills and skyrocketing price of utilities, it is also an issue of access since delivery of oil to residences can cost hundreds, or even close to $1,000,” Hope Weichman, Director of The Salvation Army’s Elk County Service Center, said. “We are so grateful to our campaign donor who has generously offered to match every donation we receive. Let’s work together as a community to make sure no one is left in the cold this winter.”

Visit to donate today. Paper donation tags can be found at Walmart, CNB Bank in St. Marys and Ridgway, Northwest Bank in St. Marys and Ridgway, the Brickyard in Johnsonburg, the American Legion in Wilcox, AAM Metal Forming Manufacturing Facility in Ridgway and St. Marys, GKN Sinter Metals in Fairview and Kinetic by Windstream in Ridgway.

For those who need help, applications are available at The Salvation Army Elk County in downtown Ridgway, as well as the VA office in Ridgway and the legion in Wilcox. The Salvation Army Elk County is also doing additional outreach throughout the area. You can also call The Salvation Army Elk County at (814)772-0485 for more information.

The Salvation Army Elk County is part of The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division which supports families and individuals in need in 28 counties through a variety of support services including feeding programs, utility/rent assistance and Emergency Disaster Services. The Salvation Army also offers housing, recovery and rehabilitation, seasonal assistance, as well as youth empowerment and spiritual programs.

Celebrating over 150 years of global service as both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in London, England in 1865. Today, it provides critical services in 132 countries worldwide. The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of support services. To learn more about The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, visit  The Salvation Army … doing the most good for the most people in the most need.


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