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    Salvation Army Receives $10,000 To Help Those In Need

    The Salvation Army Corps of San Bernardino recently received a $10,000 grant from Sempra Energy Foundation, which brought the total for its annual Fall Fundraiser event over its goal of $50,000. The fund raising event and the recently concluded Bell Ringer campaign are the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps’ largest fundraisers of the year. Kristine Scott (second from right), Inland Empire community affairs director for Sempra-owned Southern California Gas Company, presented the check to Corps Officer Capt. Stephen Ball, advisory board members Carl Dameron (left) and advisory board President Tom Brickley (right). Photo by Chris Sloan

    (SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) The Salvation Army has been selected to receive a $10,000 grant from the Sempra Energy Foundation as part of its “Helping People In Need Initiative.”
    “This initiative represents the Sempra Energy Foundation and the Sempra Energy family of companies continuing commitment to help families in need,” said Kristine Scott, public affairs manager for Sempra-owned Southern California Gas Company.
    In addition to matching employee donations to selected non-profits that provide food, shelter, and other related assistance, Sempra identified key agencies such as The Salvation Army to receive funding.
    “The Salvation Army plays a critical role in helping to meet the growing needs in our Southern California communities,” Scott said. “This grant is intended to recognize the important work The Salvation Army does in the local community.
    “This was a very unexpected, yet pleasant surprise,” said Captain Stephen Ball, Salvation Army Corps officer.  “With the down economy, we were faced with a shortfall from our annual fundraising efforts. This donation really helped us to make up the difference. These funds will go directly to support the operating cost for housing and feeding the homeless.”
    Helping People In Need Initiative:

    • Sempra Energy and the Sempra Foundation donated $850,000 in direct grants and matching funds in support of this initiative.
    • This donation and employee matching grant-program is about giving to the community at a time when many are finding it difficult to make ends meet. Sempra employees want to support causes that are helping families during these times.
    • As part of this initiative, the Sempra Energy Foundation awarded more than 100 grants to local agencies in the communities served by Southern California Gas and San Diego Gas and Electric, Sempra Energy utilities. These agencies represent and serve a wide range of needs in the local communities, but generally provide food, shelter, and other related needs.
    • The Sempra Energy Foundation is the 501(c)(3) private foundation of Sempra Energy, a Fortune 500 energy services holding company.

    About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps
    The Salvation Army may be able to provide emergency services including food; lodging for homeless or displaced families; clothing and furniture; assistance with rent or mortgage and transportation when funds are available. The Salvation Army Team Radio Network assists rescue workers and evacuees in such disasters as fires.
    The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian church and also offers evangelical programs for boys, girls and adults. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887, supporting those in need without discrimination. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY.
    For local help, call (909) 888-1336.


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