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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: The Salvation Army Social Services Building, 2130 11th Avenue North
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, 10:30 AM – 1 PM
Where: The Salvation Army Social Services Building, 2130 11th Avenue North
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: The Salvation Army Social Services Building, 2130 11th Avenue North
Requirements: Must be 18 years or older, Must wear closed-toed shoes

 

FOOD PANTRY

FOOD PANTRY HELPER
Care for the hungry in the community by helping out in the food pantry. Volunteers are needed to assemble bags of canned goods and dry food items. Bags are distributed every week to those in need.  Individuals and groups up to 10 are welcome.
When: Every Friday, 10:30 AM – Noon
Where: The Salvation Army Social Services Building, 2130 11th Avenue North
Requirements: Children under 18 years are welcome with an adult

FOOD BAG ASSISTANT
Help us distribute food bags to those in need. Twice a week, The Salvation Army gives out bags from the food pantry. Volunteers are needed to carry food bags to clients’ cars. Must be able to lift 25 lbs.
When: Every Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00 AM – Noon
Where: The Salvation Army Social Services Building, 2130 11th Avenue North
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.

 

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

 

MAINTENANCE

LAUNDRY HELPER
Did you know that The Salvation Army provides shelter fora as many as 200 men, women, and children every night? Volunteer as a laundry helper to provide a fresh, clean bed to every guest. Volunteers are needed to wash, dry, and fold linens.
When: Monday-Friday, 7 AM-11 AM and 2 PM – 6 PM
Where: The Salvation Army Social Services Building, 2130 11th Avenue North
Requirements: Must be 18 years or older

PAINT/GROUNDS PROJECT
If you have a group eager to serve and willing to get messy, this is the job for you! come spruce up our facility with a fresh coat of paint. Contact our volunteer coordinator at 205.328.0743 to schedule your project.

HALL MONITOR
Serve as a monitor in the men’s unit of the shelter. Volunteers monitor the hall to ensure safe and functional environment for our clients.
When: Monday-Friday, 6 PM – 10 PM
Where: The Salvation Army Social Services Building, 2130 11th Avenue North
Requirements: Must be Male and 21 years or older

SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Sharing your professional skills, advice, and encouragement can make a real difference in someone’s life. Equip our clients by teaching a class on finances, parenting, nutrition- whatever your area of expertise. Help job-seekers sharpen their computer skills by assisting in the computer lab. Host a book club or family activity night. Help someone get on the right track by serving as a mentor. The opportunities to impact a life are endless!
Where: The Salvation Army Social Services Building, 2130 11th Avenue North
Requirements: Must be 21 years or older, Must be ‘Safe from Harm’ certified (if working with children)

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.