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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 the COVID-19 pandemic, our volunteers are making a difference by helping to distribute food to hungry families and individuals throughout Metro Detroit.
1. 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 registertoring.com 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.
2. Individual and group opportunities
Bed & Bread Sandwich Making: Many hungry and homeless people in Detroit are unable to travel to soup kitchens, so our Bed & Bread trucks bring the soup kitchen to them. Throughout the summer and fall of 2021, we have volunteer opportunities in our kitchen located at our Divisional Headquarters, 16130 Northland Dr. in Southfield. Volunteers may sign up to make sandwiches in the kitchen. Please call Barb Pilat at 248-996-5051 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
Bed & Bread Club Radiothon: Our annual Bed & Bread Club Radiothon occurs every February. This is a 24-hour fundraising effort for the Bed & Bread Club. Volunteers are needed to answer phones and take pledges throughout the day.
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.
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 email@example.com.
3. 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.
Please call or text Barbara Pilat, Volunteer and Events Coordinator, at 248-996-5051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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