At The Salvation Army World Service Office, we empower communities around the world. Image

At The Salvation Army World Service Office, we empower communities around the world.

What Do We Do?

We meet human need
without discrimination

We assist approximately 4 million
people around the world

We serve in 134 countries around the globe

We have active projects on five continents

We’ve been pursuing our mission since 1977

About us

The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) is an independent 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to improving the health, economic, and spiritual conditions of the poor throughout the world where The Salvation Army is active. Since 1977, SAWSO has helped people help themselves through sustainable programs that improve living conditions, combat the spread of disease, raise skill levels, increase productivity, and instill self-confidence. 



For four decades, SAWSO has been delivering a proven approach to engaging individuals, families, and communities in evaluating their needs; creating transformational action plans; implementing effective strategies; and understanding how and why their actions can create positive change. 

Through funds entrusted to us, SAWSO is presently engaged in more than $57 million worth of projects throughout the world. Programs, projects, and activities provide tools and structure, but the real investment is in people. Our projects emphasize local ownership and community involvement as keys for lasting success. In all of our work, we employ a holistic approach to meet the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of those served. 

With a presence in 132 countries, The Salvation Army’s global footprint is SAWSO’s map for engagement.



SAWSO serves as a dedicated resource committed to responding to the global interests of The Salvation Army USA by:

Developing sustainable solutions to poverty, disease, and despair in global communities.

Cultivating increased organizational capacity within Salvation Army units worldwide.

Introducing sustainability models that grow financial independence.

Demonstrating an empowering culture of grace and trust towards everyone we serve.


The purpose of SAWSO is to represent the interests of the four Salvation Army U.S.A. Territories as we work together with communities to improve the health, economic and spiritual conditions of the vulnerable throughout the world. 


Contact Us


For questions about giving, email:
Tel.: (703) 299-5551

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The Salvation Army World Service Office
615 Slaters Lane, P.O. Box 1428
Alexandria, VA 22314