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Did you know that more than 3 million people volunteer for The Salvation Army across the United States every year? From ringing bells during the holiday season to distributing supplies in the wake of a local disaster and serving food to the hungry, volunteers are the backbone of The Salvation Army's efforts to help those in need.

As our communities continue to recover from the economic impact of COVID-19, our volunteers are making a difference for families and individuals throughout Metro Detroit.

1. Individual and group opportunities

  • Food Pantries: Each of our Corps Community Centers offers access to a food pantry, which is replenished weekly. Volunteer assistance is needed for shelf replenishment, packaging, and distribution. 

  • Monthly Senior Luncheons: Many of our Corps Community Centers host monthly senior luncheons, which provide local seniors an opportunity to connect over a delicious meal. Volunteers are needed to set up and serve meals.

  • Coats for Kids: Every year, we collect donated new coats for children and families in need. Volunteers are needed to receive and sort the hundreds of coats that we receive.

  • Emergency Disaster Services: Our Emergency Disaster Services assists emergency responders and disaster survivors as needed. Join our team of trained volunteers that respond to local disasters, fires and events in our community.  Be the first on the front lines to lend hydration, food, and physical/emotional/spiritual support to our local fire and police departments. Learn more.

  • Bed & Bread Sandwich Making: This opportunity is currently suspended in the interest of the health and safety of those we serve and our volunteers.

As we confront the COVID-19 crisis, our volunteers are essential, and needs change as the circumstances shift and evolve. If you have any questions, please call or text Barbara Pilat, Volunteer and Events Coordinator, at 248-996-5051 or email her at

2. Volunteer at your local Corps Community Center

If you're looking to volunteer locally, you can find and select your local community center below for more information.

3. Become a bell ringer

Our iconic Red Kettle is a staple during the Christmas season. From November 1 - December 31, hundreds of families, school groups, corporate groups, and individuals register to ring for The Salvation Army. This fundraising effort enables us to reach those who would otherwise be forgotten. Volunteer bell ringers have a tremendous impact by helping us serve their local community. We can never have too many bell ringers in Metro Detroit! Volunteers work in two-hour shifts, typically ringing at a storefront. Go to for more information.

We love our bell ringers! You can watch this past year's Red Kettle Wrap Up Party for a peek at how we celebrate our wonderful volunteers.

Have a question?

Please contact Barbara Pilat, Volunteer and Events Coordinator, at

Want to stay informed of upcoming volunteer opportunities? Sign up for our quarterly volunteer newsletter, "Volunteer Vibes!

Read the February 2022 Edition of Volunteer Vibes

You can also volunteer for us through our profile on