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Complaint Review: Salvation Army

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  • Submitted: Tue, August 14, 2012
  • Updated: Wed, August 15, 2012

  • Reported By: abdul — Roanoke Virginia United States of America
Salvation Army
724 Dale Ave Roanoke, Virginia United States of America

Salvation Army Ripoff in Roanoke Roanoke, Virginia

*Consumer Comment: Abdul

*Author of original report: To Jeanski in Buffalo

*Author of original report: Response to Proof

*Consumer Comment: Interesting Info

*Consumer Comment: is there any proof ash???

*Consumer Comment: Proof

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Here is some dirt (there is plenty more) on the Salvation Army in Roanoke, VA Captain Ken Argot, Corps Officer:

Where your donations REALLY go:

Corps Officer base salary, free house to live in, free vehicles including all gas and maintenance, for him and his wife, all Federal, State, and Social Security taxes paid, all utilities paid, free laptop for each of them, many meals paid for him and his family, free college tuition for his children at any university in the country, top of the line cell phone, free medical insurance for his family, an allowance for each child he has, all life insurance and retirement paid for. A $ 30,000 base salary quickly turns into $ 120,000! Roanoke also has an Assistant Corps Officer, and he makes about half that number. All of this is paid for by Roanoke donors. The Salvation Army claims that 88% of all donations stay local.

However, a very small portion of that actually goes to help people of the Roanoke Valley. The division that covers Roanoke includes over 30 local Corps. Multiply the above dollar amounts by 30, and you will see that the largest portion of donations goes to take care of the officers and their families, not the needy. This division has about 12 officers at its headquarters in Washington, DC. They make more than local officers. There are over 40 Salvation Army divisions in the United States. For most of the time that I was at the Roanoke Salvation Army, most of the people who came to us for help were turned away and told that "no funds were available." It is not hard to understand why. And they got rid of me to save money. Increased giving means more money for the officers to use for themselves. Also, for the five Christmas
seasons I spent at The Salvation Army, all Christmas Kettle donations went to division headquarters, none of them stayed in Roanoke. That was around one million dollars for the five years. Part of it went to pay for extravagent Christmas parties for all Virginia officers and their families. They all spent one week at The Kingsmill in Williamsburg. Donating to The Salvation Army is a bad idea. The officers are scum. The Salvation Army motto is "Doing the Most Good." It should read

"Doing the Most Good for the Officers." I want to sell my juicy story, but have been unable to find a buyer. Any assistance would be helpful. Hope this helps. Please feel free to share this information with others. Thanks.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Abdul

AUTHOR: Jeanski - (USA)

I don't know who might be interesting in buying the story, but I'm sure one of the journalists in your local newspaper would be interested. Why not look online for their email address?
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To Jeanski in Buffalo

AUTHOR: abdul - (United States of America)

Hi.  Yes, I have a lot of documentation to back up my truthful claims.  This is just the tip of the iceberg.  If you know of anyone interested in buying my story, please advise.  Thanks.

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AUTHOR: abdul - (United States of America)

I have a great deal of proof to back up these truthful claims.  This is just the tip of the iceberg.  I am looking for someone to sell them to.  Any ideas?
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#4 Consumer Comment

Interesting Info

AUTHOR: Jeanski - (USA)

This one intrigued me because I often throw money into those kettles at Christmas.  The Salvation Army is listed by the IRS as a church (http://www.charitywatch.org/articles/salvarmy.html). Consequently, they are not required to publicize their finances.



That being said, the same website also gives them high marks for their finances, but not their governance.



I think I'll give my money to my own church from now on. Or the Red Cross :-)



If the OP can prove what he's saying, some journalist might be interested in pursuing this.





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#5 Consumer Comment

is there any proof ash???

AUTHOR: The Outlaw Josey Wales - (United States of America)

 never have I seen any proof that your rebutts are worth anything
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AUTHOR: Ashley - (U.S.A.)

What proof can you offer to support these outlandish claims? Don't non-profits like this release their spending information to the public?
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