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140th Anniversary of Rochester’s Salvation Army Co-insides with National Salvation Army Week

May 14, 2024

This week marks The Salvation Army of Greater Rochester’s 140th anniversary here in Monroe County. As one of the longest standing nonprofits in the area, it helps thousands of residents each year with a wide variety of services including emergency housing, food provision, addiction recovery and youth programs.

Rochester’s Salvation Army is celebrating this milestone with a ceremony at 10:00 AM and open house to follow on Thursday, May 16th at 60 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester, NY 14604.

Deputy County Executive, Jeff McCann, and City of Rochester Deputy Mayor, Michael Burns, will present a joint proclamation during this ceremony in honor of The Salvation Army’s dedication to serve those in need.

Festivities will include free donuts and hotdogs, games, and music from The Salvation Army Brass Band. Memorabilia dating back to the late 1800s will be on display including uniforms from soldiers throughout the decades and disaster recovery items from New York City on 9-11. Tours of The Salvation Army’s new permanent supportive housing facility, family emergency services operation, gymnasium and more will run until 2:00 PM.

This event is open to the public – all are welcome. Visit here for details

This event coincides with National Salvation Army Week, running from May 13th through May 19th. National Salvation Army Week is observed in the second full week of May and was first nationally proclaimed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954. In the U.S.

President Eisenhower was noted for declaring, “Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood. In time of war, the men and women of this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home, friendliness, and warm concern. In the quieter days of peace, their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans.”


About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has supported those in need without discrimination for more than 140 years in the United States. Over 10,000 people look to The Salvation Army of Greater Rochester each year for support services that include food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, relief addiction and abuse, and opportunities for underprivileged children. For more information about our efforts in Greater Rochester, visit


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