Allegany County Maryland Salvation Army assistance programs.

Find help from the Allegany County Salvation Army. The faith based, Christian charity groups assists the less fortunate. Clients of the agency include the underemployed, senior citizens, single moms, and disabled among others. Whether someone in the town of Cumberland or county of Allegany needs financial aid, food, free advice, rent help, or some other support, the Salvation Army center tries to assist.

There are four main uses of any financial help. But the funds need to be for an emergency only. The applicant also needs a way to stabilize themselves in the very near future too. This means either an income (from a job, retirement, disability ,child support, etc.) or they need to have the ability to soon start to collect some type of income. The Allegany County Maryland Salvation Army (like most charities) will not provide money to an applicant if they have no means of self-sufficiency.

When qualified, the funds can be used for paying emergency costs. Everything from rent to energy bills, car repairs, medications, work supplies, and more may be offered. In all cases bring proof of need. There will be income requirements, copies of eviction or utility disconnect notices, doctor prescriptions, and other supporting information needed. If transportation is in fact needed for work, there may be other sources of free car repairs .

There are three main Cumberland Maryland Salvation Army seasonal services. When applying, of course the applicant needs to wait for the correct time of the year. In addition, these services depend on the generosity of the community. There may be monetary donations to the Red Kettle campaign, tags selected from local businesses as part of Angel Tree, and school supply programs.

Almost all of the seasonal programs are for either children under the age of 13 or senior citizens over the age of 55. The main ones are free Christmas toys or gifts from Angel Tree as well as Toys for Tots. The second Salvation Army service in Allegany County is the summer and fall back to school supply service. The last critical service will be around Thanksgiving. Turkey dinners are served to the homeless, seniors in a nursing home, and very low income families.





Children and youth are always a focus. There are of course some of those seasonal programs that focus on them. This means a child can be given a free Christmas gift or clothing item if their parents can't afford it. Also some of the financial support may also be for households with kids, so they too can benefit if their parent is given rental assistance or transportation.

But in addition to those social services, there are Allegany County Maryland customized programs for youth. One is the regional camp. This operates during the summer, but there may be a low cost involved. It allows the child a safe place to go during the summer. They can be given a meal, participate in activities with friends and peers, and have other benefits.

Volunteers from Allegany County also work with the community on mentoring youth. They can coordinate after school care, in which a student can study. They also help give advice to keep the kids out of trouble, and it is a form of child care for parents. Many single moms also benefit.

Of course general case management is available. If a family is struggling they may need more than just money or food from a pantry. They also need a hand up. This is when a social worker partners with the client on their need. Whether it is employment, building up emergency savings, or some other activity, resources are available.

There are a few other social services available. Or they can help in other types of other crisis events. Whether it is a free box of food from the pantry or furniture vouchers to replace items lost in a house fire, assistance is given. They also partner closely with other churches and non-profits in Allegany County, including operating shelters with the Continuum of care agencies. Many programs are run.

While of course the Salvation Army in Allegany County can't help everyone, they do their best. Only a fraction of applicants are assisted, but others may be referred to an alternative program. Call (301) 777-7600, or stop by 701 E First St, Cumberland MD 21502-3763 for an appointment.



By Jon McNamara

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