Saturday, April 12, 2008

Salvation Army

I am so excited to announce that I am the official photographer of the Salvation Army of Raleigh.  I have had the privilege of helping them put together pictures and stories for their annual report and also for their upcoming Capital campaign.  This has been so exciting me because it is an intersection of two things that are important to me- photography and ministry/social service.  For those of you who don't know me well, I was a religion major as an undergraduate at Campbell, and completed a year of divinity school at Duke.  Duke was not a great fit for me, so I dropped out- maybe someday I will finish that up somewhere else, who knows!  This past year has been my transition year, where I have seen over and over again how much photography can spiritually serve people... and I am so honored to be a part of that.  When this opportunity arose to be a part of what is happening at the Salvation Army I just could not turn it down.  They even told me they were looking for someone to help tell the story of the Salvation Army through pictures and I was like HELLO that has been my life theme lately (and if you have seen my website you know it's my theme over there because of my experience this past year)!  

It is amazing all the services that the Salvation Army offers to the community.  Everyone knows them for their bell ringing in red around Christmas time (and their other Christmas activities), but the Salvation Army has so much more that they offer.  There is the soup kitchen, the food closet, the clothing closet, overnight shelter for women and children (and within that program is several programs for the women and children in the evenings.  There is the community center, the Mercy League, the Salvation Army church... and the list goes on.  This is one of the many places in Raleigh that it is worth it to volunteer with, donate your time/resources/money.  Click on the link above to see how you can be a part of the Salvation Army.  I find out what I can post on the blog from what I have shot so far (confidentiality issues), so look for that!

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