Polaris Donates Vehicles to Expand The Salvation Army's Disaster Response Capabilities

October 25, 2023
Michelle Hartfield | michelle.hartfield@uss.salvationarmy.org

Polaris Donates Vehicles to Expand The Salvation Army's Disaster Response Capabilities

Throughout a decade long partnership, Polaris has contributed off-road vehicles and generators to enhance The Salvation Army’s ability to meet the needs of disaster survivors and first responders. 

Salvation Army response teams are often on the ground and operating in places where roads have not been fully cleared of debris or are otherwise blocked by flooding or storm damage. Polaris side-by-side RANGERs meet a specific need for this response. Their size and versatility allow them, and The Salvation Army teams, access to neighborhoods and survivors who might otherwise be cut off. This enables earlier meal and supply distribution to those in need days, and sometimes even weeks, earlier as larger vehicles cannot navigate the area.


“Polaris is proud to be a long-time supporter of The Salvation Army and help aid in its disaster relief efforts through the donation of off-road vehicles and generators,” said Lucy Clark Dougherty, President, Polaris Foundation and SVP, General Counsel. “Serving communities in need, along side The Salvation Army, is an important part of our Geared For Good culture and we look forward to continuing to partner and serve affected communities.”


“The essential function of the Polaris vehicles in a disaster situation where our response must be timely and flexible cannot be overstated,” said Jeff Jellets, Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator for the US Southern Territory. “We are so grateful to our friends at Polaris for supporting our commitment to continue ‘Doing the Most Good.’ With their help, we can continue to support survivors of even the most devastating disasters.”


To date, Polaris has provided the Southern Territory:

  • 14 vehicles for response to disasters in 2013
  • 14 generators for response to severe weather in 2021
  • 5 vehicles for response to disasters in 2021
  • 3 vehicles for response to disasters in 2022
  • 2 vehicles for response to disasters in 2023


About Polaris

Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2012 sales of $3.2 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles. Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris and KLIM branded apparel and Polaris accessories and parts. Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index. Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 30 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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