Top Local Questions

Is there a Salvation Army Thrift Store in town?

The Salvation Army does not presently have a State College thrift store.

For more information about Salvation Army Thrift Stores in Central Pennsylvania, please contact the following stores:

  • Altoona Thrift Store 814-946-3645
  • Lock Haven Thrift Store 570-748-8854

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How do I donate clothing or other goods to the Salvation Army?

Gently used clothing can be deposited in the designated white bins. Bins can be found in the following locations:

  • VFW Club’s parking lot behind Rainbow Music on North Atherton St
  • Sam’s Club on Benner Pike
  • Quik-Fill Gas Station in Boalsburg


For new donations such as Christmas toys, school supplies, children's hats & gloves, store inventory, etc. please call the State College Corps (814) 861-1785.

To arrange for pick-up of gently used furniture and other household items, please call the Regional Dispatcher 1-800 SATruck (1-800-728-7825).
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About The Salvation Army

What does The Salvation Army do?

It is hard to list everything that The Salvation Army does since it does everything from caring for children and families through recovery from natural disasters, and more. They battle against poverty, addiction and homelessness. They are a kind face to comfort the sick and elderly, a wise spirit to support the education of all ages, and a giving heart to address need wherever it occurs.
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Is The Salvation Army a social services agency?

No, they are a group of committed Christians who are concerned to see that the gospel - the good news of Jesus Christ - reaches the needs of the whole person. The Army’s social work sprang out of such concern.
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Is The Salvation Army really an army?

The Salvation Army is not a military army but rather a global army of people moved to humanitarian action through compassionate faith to fight against human suffering and poverty.
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About the People that The Salvation Army Helps

Does The Salvation Army help only those of a certain religion?

The Salvation Army pledges to help people of all religions, as well as those with no religious base. We have an official "position statement" that says: "All social welfare services to individuals or families are given without discrimination, according to the capacity of the organization to serve in meeting the needs of those involved."
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Do you have to join The Salvation Army church before The Army will help you?

No. The Salvation Army respects all who come with a need, whatever their beliefs may be. Salvation Army Officers try to establish an environment in which spiritual choice is possible.
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Does The Salvation Army discriminate in its delivery of services to those of a particular race or sexual orientation?

The Salvation Army strives to meet the needs of vulnerable groups and those overlooked or ignored in our communities. They make no distinction based on ethnicity or sexual orientation.
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Does The Salvation Army help only senior citizens?

The Salvation Army helps people of all ages. Young people benefit from many of our services including kids clubs, summer camping, Back-to-School programs, and Christmas Angel Tree programs to children and teens. Other beneficiaries of our services include single mothers, abused women, drug and alcohol addicts, the homeless and the physically challenged.
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About My Contribution

Why should I contribute to The Salvation Army?

There are several answers to this question. First, The Salvation Army has demonstrated its ability to effectively identify and efficiently meet urgent human needs in communities throughout the world for over 120 years. When you give to us, you know that your money is going to those who need it most. Second, the people we serve have multiple needs. The wide range of our programs means that we can deal with the whole person under the umbrella of a single agency. Third, our staff combines the expertise of professional training with the experience of working on a wide variety of social problems and emergency relief situations.
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How is my donation used?

The Salvation Army translates its faith into action by offering programs and services to assist those in need in a variety of ways in Centre County. Your gift enables The Army to serve senior adults on fixed incomes, unemployed and low income families, single abused mothers, and people working to overcome addictions, etc. Children go to kid’s camp in the summer. They receive new clothes, back packs, and school supplies in the fall. Finally at Christmas time, families are given toys, clothing, and a meal to enjoy.
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How much of my money goes to administration?

The Salvation Army makes every effort to ensure that the maximum possible amount from donations reaches those in need. Approximately 87 cents of every dollar collected goes towards direct assistance. With your donation, we provide "a hand up not a hand out."
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Learn More…

How can I volunteer or learn more about The Salvation Army?

Feel free to explore all areas of this site to learn about The Salvation Army of Centre County. However, you can find more information specifically on volunteering on our Volunteer page.

You may also contact the local Salvation Army in State College, PA. Officers and staff would love to address any other questions or issues you may have. Our Contact Us page will give you everything you need to email, call or even stop by the office.

Thank you for helping us to help others!
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