KUTV and its parent company Sinclair Broadcasting have joined forces to raise donations for the local Salvation Army as it responds to more requests for groceries and help with rent, mortgage and utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The effort to raise donations is called "Your Neighbor Needs You."
When you donate, your zip code will help determine where you money goes. It gives your money to efforts in your own community. In Utah, the Salvation Army has centers in Salt Lake, Ogden and St. George.
Requests for help have surged at the Salvation Army in Utah, as people who've lost their jobs during the pandemic, try to make ends meet . Capt. Rob Lawler, at the Salt Lake Salvation Army said professionals who have never sought help at the Salvation Army, are starting to call for help too as they are now unemployed.
"We are seeing a lot of people who wouldn't normally be helped."
He said it's important to help people with mortgage and rent assistance now, so they don't become homeless.
"It's much cheaper to help them and stabilize them now."
He said requests for donations have doubled in March. The Salvation Army has been in Utah since the 1880s and has been doing disaster relief since 1906 throughout the world. Lawler said the organization is used to responding to disasters but said helping people during COVID-19 is the biggest test of its mission to help people.
Here's how to help or get help from the Salvation Army:
To get a box of groceries in Salt Lake:
Drive up to 438 South 900 West between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also get a warm meal.
To get rent, mortgage, or utilities assistance:
801-969-0526 or Assistutah@usw.salvationarmy.org
If you want to volunteer and help assemble grocery boxes or if you are a chef who has experience in a commercial kitchen and want to donate some time in the kitchen: 801-988-4204.