Local Salvation Army services could be affected if donations don’t pick up in the next few days, officials say.
The Salvation Army of Augusta still has not yet reached its 2012 goal of $250,000.
According to a statement Wednesday, the emergency shelter, soup line, job skills training, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs will see declines if more donations are not received this year.
“Without the funds we need, it will become difficult to continue providing for the less fortunate in our community,” said Capt. Tony Perez, the administrator of the Salvation Army of Augusta. “The last thing we want to do is turn people away.”
Salvation Army services to the homeless and poor are funded through thrift stores, auto auctions and largely from donations. The Kroc Center is operated through an endowment and revenues from the facility,
To encourage automobile donation, the Kroc Center will give three-month gold memberships to anyone donating a vehicle.
In the past year, the Salvation Army has provided lodging to 38,000 people and hot meals to 115,000 and has experienced a high success rate with men and women finding housing and employment after enrolling in the Skills Training Program.
More than 80 percent of every dollar goes directly to those in need in the Augusta area.