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The Salvation Army has changed lives and given hope to countless people throughout Eastern Michigan. But it never does it alone.
At The Salvation Army, we rely heavily on our volunteers to help us Do The Most Good. By volunteering in Eastern Michigan, you'll play a vital role in lifting up the lives of countless people in need. Whether it's providing meals to the hungry, responding to a disaster, or ringing a bell at your local grocery store, there are countless ways to generously volunteer your time to help those in need in Eastern Michigan. We have year-round volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, schools, organizations and businesses. If you are leading or participating in a corporate volunteer opportunity, visit our Corporate Volunteers page.
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During the Christmas season, The Salvation Army has three major volunteer opportunities: Bell ringing, toy shop, and food pantry. Learn more about these opportunities below.
Homelessness and hunger are problems many Detroit residents must deal with day in and day out. That's why the Eastern Michigan Division of The Salvation Army is proud to run the Bed & Bread Club. We're dedicated to feeding the hungry residents of Detroit who are unable to make it to a soup kitchen and providing overnight shelter for those residents who have no place to sleep. Each day, no matter the weather, our Bed & Bread Club truck drivers make their way through all of Detroit, traveling multiple routes and making over 60 stops to feed the hungry. That even includes holidays and days when the weather may prove dangerous, because we understand that hunger doesn't take any days off. On days so cold that the postal service can't deliver mail and schools close, our trucks deliver hundreds of meals to people who otherwise would not eat at all. As is the case in many cities across America, Detroit has its share of economically depressed areas, making access to quality food and shelter more difficult. The Bed & Bread Club is just one of many ways in which the Eastern Michigan Division of The Salvation Army strives to provide support for these Detroit communities.
Volunteers are a vital part of The Bed & Bread Program. Your hard work and dedication make it possible for us to assist the most vulnerable in our communities. Whether you help a homeless individual get a nourishing meal or a parent out of a job feed their kids, you make a tremendous impact on people who are fighting poverty and children who receive nutrition daily from our trucks. Volunteers can either work in the kitchen or on one of our trucks.
Kitchen: Monday - Sunday from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Volunteers will work with Chef Michael Block to make sandwiches that will later be served from the trucks. This is a good team building experience as a friendly competition has been created between each group that volunteers. The record for the most sandwiches made in the 3-hour time slot is 1,400. Your team members will create a sandwich making system to ensure you can produce as many sandwiches as possible during your shift.
Arrival: Please arrive at 7:45 a.m. The shift is from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Truck: Monday - Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Volunteers will serve sandwiches from trucks that travel throughout Detroit's neighborhoods. We have had countless volunteers who have had transformative experiences serving food out of the trucks. This is a chance to form relationships and to see first-hand how your efforts help us Do The Most Good for our neighbors. There are three trucks total that can fit up to four people including the driver. The drivers are assigned by Harbor Light and are usually people who have benefited from the Bed & Bread program and now give their time back to The Salvation Army and people of Detroit. Once volunteers are divided up and assigned to the trucks, you will begin prepping the meals by creating sack lunches and pouring soup into bowls and juice into cups. We ask that you commit to the whole shift because the trucks stick to a tight schedule, so they will not be able to leave their course to drop you back off at Harbor Light.
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