This section provides answers to our most frequently asked questions about The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers. We hope you find them helpful and informative.
Who were Ray and Joan Kroc?
Ray Kroc was the entrepreneur responsible for the success and expansion of McDonald’s, and Joan Kroc was his wife. After Ray’s death, Joan became a well-known philanthropist. Based on the Krocs’ value on hard work, belief that all should have the opportunity and resources to meet their potential, and Joan’s faith in The Salvation Army, Joan Kroc bequeathed over $1.5 billion to The Salvation Army. This money was donated specifically to help disadvantaged communities by providing community centers throughout the nation, and so The Salvation Army’s community centers now proudly bear Ray and Joan Kroc’s names.
How many Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers are there?
So far, seven Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers are being designed for The Salvation Army’s Eastern US Territory. Even more Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers are being designed throughout the rest of the nation. There may be as many as 26 centers in total. The number of centers ultimately opened will depend on community involvement and public support. For more information on Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers in the Eastern Territory, please see the Eastern Territory Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center website.
What do Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers do?
Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers serve many functions. Mostly, they are a resource to enhance communities and provide individuals and families with opportunity to meet their potential. Please see the list of Services and Programs offered by your community center to learn more about its activities.
Can my community afford a Salvation Army Ray and Joan Corps Community Kroc Center?
Most communities experience financial stimulation and economic revival in addition to the other benefits provided by these resources. Each Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center takes approximately two years to build, after design and planning. This is two years of new jobs, construction and services within economically depressed areas. Once construction is over, men and women are needed to run the centers and oversee their services. Vendors of materials and services are also needed to supply the centers so that they can run their programs. The first center in San Diego witnessed a 200% increase in local commercial and retail occupancy during the first 5 years of its operation – this is 200% more local business that can provide jobs and further enrich the community! Most communities chosen to receive a Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center can’t afford not to gain this sort of resource.
How do you decide where the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers are located?
Communities wishing to host their own center submitted a proposal through our application process. Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers applications were then evaluated based on their mission worthiness, site selection, budget development, fund-raising potential and funding sustainability, partnerships with other organizations, programming and other issues pertinent to the development of the community centers. A total of 29 competitive applications were received within the Eastern Territory.
Do I have to be a Christian to join a Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center?
No. While The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, it is dedicated to meeting human needs without discrimination. All persons are welcome to enjoy Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers and benefit from their services.
How can I volunteer?
Please see the Get Involved page to see how you can help your community center.
Why should I volunteer?
Volunteering is a great way to gain valuable professional and life experience. Many will find that their hours spent in service to The Salvation Army provide valuable insights and experience that can help them as they interview or do other work in the future. Beyond that, there is no feeling equal to the feeling of making a difference. Most volunteers will experience immense spiritual and personal growth in addition to the educational value of their volunteer experience.
Why doesn’t my center provide a particular service?
The services, facilities, and programs of each Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center are specifically tailored to address the needs of their community. If you feel there is a community need that your center is not addressing, you can contact your center. Please remember that Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers are largely for the community and by the community. Would you like to participate in a reading circle, drama club, or youth group that does not exist at your center yet? Why not start it? Volunteers are welcome to organize groups or use Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center meeting spaces to enrich themselves and their community.
How much does membership cost for Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers?
Visit the Membership Page for more information about membership rates, and learn how you can join the Kroc Community today!