The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center exists to provide Greenville County and Upstate areas access to exciting opportunities and help YOU discover limitless possibilities.
The power of YOU + WE = US is what the Kroc Center is all about. The energy of a fresh, engaging, and welcoming community center has the ability to positively impact all of us who enter the doors.
Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, had a clear vision in mind: build state-of-the-art recreational and arts facilities in underserved communities throughout the nation to ensure that all individuals have equal opportunities to grow their natural gifts and talents. Through her bequest and the support of area citizens, The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Greenville, SC is a fulfillment of her vision as it strengthens character and encourages positive values consistent with the mission of The Salvation Army.
In January 2004, The Salvation Army announced that Mrs. Kroc, widow of the McDonald’s franchise founder Ray Kroc, had bequeathed $1.5 billion to be separated equally among the organization’s four U.S. territories. The gift remains the largest individual philanthropic bequest ever made in the United States. Mrs. Kroc specifically directed The Salvation Army to use part of the money for endowments to help support the centers she envisioned across the United States, similar to the first Kroc Center she helped build in her hometown of San Diego with a gift of $90 million. That center continues to thrive, 13 years after its opening in a neighborhood that serves more than two dozen distinct ethnic groups. Today, 26 Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers operate in communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.
The 20-acre recreational, cultural and worship facility provides the Greenville Community with family, personal, spiritual and youth services that enrich lives and build community. We invite you to call 864-527-5948 today to learn more about how to become a part of the Kroc Center.