Jennifer Granger, a Birmingham resident, philanthropist, and community advocate, has been named to The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board, making her the fifth Michigan resident to join the nonprofit’s countrywide team.
Granger is involved with more than 24 nonprofits and charities in three cities, including 12 in the metro Detroit area. She is also an advocate for The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit, lending her counsel to its 50-person advisory board.
“The Salvation Army is truly one of the best organizations to get involved with,” Granger says. “I live by three words – passion, kindness, and empathy. The Salvation Army embodies all three of those characteristics, and to be one of the many working to ‘Do the Most Good’ for our future generations is truly a blessing.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Granger connected The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s office to help the organization provide food and diapers to residents. She also helped deliver clothes, toys, and donations to The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center, as well as thousands of food boxes to Corps Community Centers in Detroit, Farmington Hills, and Pontiac.
“Jennifer has made an enormous impact in our community, both with The Salvation Army and with a number of other nonprofits,” says Lt. Colonel John Turner, divisional commander and regional CEO for The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division. “Her loving heart, unselfish attitude, and dedication to helping others are characteristics we should all strive for in our lives. We are lucky to have Jennifer in metro Detroit to serve as an advocate for our neighbors in need.”
Granger moved to Michigan from California in 2017 and became involved with the community right away. She also works with Gleaner’s Community Food bank, Make-A-Wish Michigan, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. She serves on Michigan Gov.Gretchen Whitmer’s taskforce for women in sports and the board of directors for Forgotten Harvest.
The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 in London and is a faith-based nonprofit dedicated to serving people in need. This year, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit provided more than 2.5 million meals and 579,920 nights of shelter for the homeless.