The Salvation Army today announced a partnership with Target in recognition of its efforts to help protect, educate and empower Central Indiana women and children who are fleeing domestic abuse situations and attempting to end the cycle of abuse in their families. The $2,500 grant award will be utilized to conduct weekly domestic violence support and educational groups that are offered at The Salvation Army’s Social Service Center.

“This grant will allow us to continue providing quality services to women who seek our help when choosing to leave domestic abuse situations,” said Nancy Russell, city social service director at The Salvation Army. “It is important for each woman to make a safety plan with her case manager and to learn how to develop healthy relationships in order to break the cycle of domestic abuse in her life.”

This grant is part of ongoing efforts by Target to strengthen families and communities throughout the country. Since opening its doors, Target has given 5% of its income to organizations that support education, the arts and safe families and communities. Today that translates to $3 million every week.

“At Target, we are making a real difference every day through our grant-making program,” said Laysha Ward, vice president, community relations, Target. “We’re proud to partner with The Salvation Army as part of our ongoing commitment to give back to the communities where our guests and team members live and work.”

Additionally, Target also gives through signature programs that are designed to inspire learning in children and families. Programs include:
• Take Charge of Education®, a school fundraising program
• Target Field Trip Grants, a program that helps educators bring learning to life for students through the distribution of grants
• Ready.Sit.Read!SM, a program dedicated to fostering a lifelong love of reading in children
• Target House®, which serves as a home away from home for families of children receiving life-saving treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® in Memphis
• Target Volunteers, a program where Target team members and retirees annually donate more than 315,000 hours of time to more than 7,000 community-based projects

About The Salvation Army Social Service Center
The Salvation Army’s Social Service Center is an emergency shelter for homeless and/or abused women and their children. Last year, the Social Service Center served 1,218 women and children in need. The services provided by the Social Service Center help to further the overall goal of The Salvation Army, which is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target serves guests at 1,502 stores in 47 states nationwide by delivering today’s best retail trends at affordable prices. Target is committed to providing guests with great design through innovative products, in-store experiences and community partnerships. Whether visiting a Target store or shopping online at Target.com, guests enjoy a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to thousands of unique and highly differentiated items. Target (NYSE:TGT) gives more than $3 million a week to its local communities through grants and special programs. Since opening its first store in 1962, Target has partnered with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community needs.