Emergency assistance as well as long term social services are provided by the Mendocino County Salvation Army. The Christian based church, which is a charity organization, helps children using a back to school shopping spree, provide applications to Adopt a Family Christmas toys, and is involved in administering energy bill assistance as part of Ukiah Cares. The case managers are focused on both short and long term support.
Much of what is available in Mendocino County is in the form of material support. This means free clothing, toys, school uniforms as well as supplies, Christmas gifts, and more. There are a few different tools that the charity uses to provide this assistance. Each of them operates certain times of the year. They also depend on donations from the greater Mendocino County, as the public needs to both volunteer for these programs and donate gently used, surplus items. The main programs are as follows.
Back to School Child-Spree is offered by the Salvation Army in partnership with other local non-profits, such as the Redwood Empire Lions Club as well as the Active 20/30 Club. Many volunteers also collect donations and disburse them as well. Together they offer free school supplies, including gift certificates to shop, backpacks, clothing, pens, pencils, and much more.
Kohl's and Wal-Mart are also big contributors to the Mendocino County back to school supply programs. They organize shopping sprees and even gift up to $100 gift cards some years. So local businesses also want students to be successful in offering these and other free school supply programs.
Adopt an Angel is is the primary program that helps low income families and the working poor at Christmas. The Mendocino County Salvation Army is involved in running this service in the community. But it too relies on partnerships with both individuals and businesses.
Children from struggling households may be given free toys, clothes, and much more. There are also food baskets at Christmas and Thanksgiving. Everyone from kids from single parent homes to immigrants and others can benefit. The Salvation Army wants to ensure that a child is still able to experience some form of holiday joy.
Summer camp is provided at a low cost for children under the age of 16. This is a seasonal service in which a parent can register their child for. While there they can participate in workshops, receive mentoring, and interact with other kids. The Mendocino County Salvation Army coordinate this each year for children from all backgrounds. The exact location of this event is the Camp Del Oro in Nevada City.
There may be temporary financial assistance for a crisis. While different scenarios will be assessed on a one-off basis by the case manager, the main use of funds is for paying utility bills. The organization accepts applications for the Ukiah Cares program which can help with paying electric bills. There may also be discounts available too.
Other requests for financial help can also be met by the Mendocino County Salvation Army. However there are no guarantees to receiving assistance. What may be offered (on occasion and as funds allow) is money to pay rent, housing costs, or vouchers for prescription drugs. Hunger prevention is also a focus, and the Salvation Army may have small boxes of free food to pass out to those that qualify. So there are various components to the emergency assistance.
The location of the Salvation Army center for Mendocino County is 714 S State St, Ukiah, CA 95482. For information dial (707) 468-9577.
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