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BE A SHIELD.

For more than 150 years, The Salvation Army has sought to be a shield for those in crisis. When you partner with us to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and provide hope to the lost, you become a shield, too. Often referred to as “the army behind The Army,” volunteers play a crucial role in The Salvation Army’s ability to provide quality social services for the entire community.

We need people like YOU to stand with us and be a shield for the our vulnerable neighbors. Read below to learn more about the current volunteer opportunities. Some of these opportunities might involve serving meals, administrative work, packing food bags in the pantry, painting or general maintenance projects, emergency disaster response, or Angel Tree Christmas projects. Don’t see something that fits your interests or skills? That’s okay! Pleas contact us to suggest another way you might help change lives. The majority of our volunteer opportunities happen during the week, though there are early morning and evening opportunities available to fit any schedule.

To get started as a volunteer, please complete your volunteer registration and then sign up through our online calendar. Thank you for exploring the many opportunities to help those in need and enhance our community as a volunteer. Be a volunteer. Be a difference maker. Be a Shield.

CONTACT US:
Elaine Anderson
Volunteer Coordinator
(205) 328-0743
elaine.anderson@uss.salvationarmy.org

 

MEAL SERVING

BREAKFAST SERVER
Are you an early riser? Start your day with The Salvation Army as we serve a hot meal to our clients. Volunteers help prepare the meal, serve from the food line, and assist with cleanup. Individuals and groups up to 3 are welcome.
When: Monday-Friday, 5:30 AM – 8 AM
Where: Center of Hope, 2015 26th Avenue North, Birmingham, 35234
Requirements: Must be 18 years or older, Must wear closed-toed shoes

LUNCH SERVER
Calling all friendly faces! The Salvation Army needs help serving a lunchtime meal with a smile. Volunteers help prepare the meal, serve from the food line, and assist with cleanup. Individuals and groups up to 3 are welcome.
When: Monday-Friday, 10:45 AM – 1 PM
Where: Center of Hope, 2015 26th Avenue North, Birmingham, 35234
Requirements: Must be 18 years or older, Must wear closed-toed shoes
 
DINNER SERVER
Help us welcome our clients home for the night with a delicious dinner. Volunteers help prepare the meal, serve from the food line, and assist with cleanup. Individuals and groups up to 3 are welcome.
When: Monday-Friday, 4:30 PM – 7 PM
Where: Center of Hope, 2015 26th Avenue North, Birmingham, 35234
Requirements: Must be 18 years or older, Must wear closed-toed shoes

 

MARKETPLACE

FOOD BAG ASSISTANT
Volunteers are needed to assist shoppers, count and bag items, and carry grocery bags to shoppers’ cars. Must be able to lift 25 lbs.
When: Every Wednesday and Thursday, 8:45 AM – Noon
Where: Center of Hope, 2015 26th Avenue North, Birmingham, 35234
Requirements: Must be 18 years or older, Must be able to lift 25 lbs.

FOOD DRIVE SPONSOR
hosting a food drive is a great way to recruit others to give back with you! Gather your coworkers, church, or friends and collect items for the food pantry. We can always use canned goods and nonperishable food items. Just contact our volunteer coordinator at 205.328.0743 to let us know you’re interested. We can even provide you with donation barrels.

 

EDUCATION & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

DISASTER RESPONSE TEAM MEMBER
We are always looking for volunteers to join our disaster response team. Volunteers work in our mobile canteen to serve first-responders, assist in donation warehouses, and care for survivors in the aftermath of a disaster.
When: Immediately following disasters
Where: Disaster Scene
Requirements: Must be 18 years or older, Must complete Emergency Disaster Training Program

EMERGENCY DISASTER SERVICES

DISASTER RESPONSE TEAM MEMBER
We are always looking for volunteers to join our disaster response team. Volunteers work in our mobile canteen to serve first-responders, assist in donation warehouses, and care for survivors in the aftermath of a disaster.
When: Immediately following disasters
Where: Disaster Scene
Requirements: Must be 18 years or older, Must complete Emergency Disaster Training Program

 

GET STARTED!

Ready to volunteer? Please complete your volunteer registration and then check out our online calendar to sign up. Feel free to contact us directly as well. We will be happy to provide more information and help you get connected.