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though we are apart, compassion unites us

The Salvation Army has given hope to countless people throughout Eastern Michigan as we confront COVID-19 together.

New purpose at dearborn heights corps 

Bill Julien first got involved with The Salvation Army when he and his family were going through a rough time. When his uncle died and left his disabled cousin homeless, Julien tried to get custody of her despite already caring for his parents and fighting cancer. The Salvation Army helped his cousin into a group home and Bill has been part of the Dearborn Heights Corps ever since.

Now five years later, the 59-year-old is a cancer survivor working to fill the need at his local corps. He started by running the soundboard during church services and now helps run the food pantry every week. Read more about Bill's volunteer story

Ways to volunteer:

Individual and group opportunities

The following opportunities have overall been suspended since the beginning of the pandemic, and as of now, they are not available to the public. As government restrictions lift, we are hoping to once again bring volunteers in to help us with these various efforts. Please be advised some of these volunteer opportunities may change.

  • 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. Volunteer opportunities exist daily through our Harbor Light Kitchen located at 3737 Lawton Street in Detroit. Meals are prepared at Harbor light for more than 3,600 people daily, 365 days a year. Volunteers may sign up to make sandwiches in the kitchen, or ride along in the trucks with our staff to serve meals.

  • 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.

  • Prison Toy Wrap: Every year in November, we deliver toys to children who have a parent/parents who are incarcerated. Volunteers wrap and box the toys at our Divisional Headquarters.

  • 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 barbara.pilat@usc.salvationarmy.org.

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 when it comes to Christmas. This is The Salvation Army's largest fundraiser of the year. From November 1 - December 31, hundreds of volunteers 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 are needed to work 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.

Have a question?

Please call or text Barbara Pilat, Volunteer and Events Coordinator, at 248-996-5051 or email barbara.pilat@usc.salvationarmy.org

Want to stay informed of upcoming volunteer opportunities? Sign up for our quarterly volunteer newsletter, "Volunteer Vibes!" Read a copy of our most recent edition of Volunteer Vibes.