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Rescue Christmas with The Salvation Army and provide hope throughout your community.

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All volunteer activities practice CDC safety guidelines including washing hands, social-distancing, wearing face coverings, and other best practices. 

The Salvation Army's mission shines brightest at Christmastime. And this year, the need is greater than ever. For those struggling to pay rent or put food on the table after a job loss, Christmas may seem out of reach. You can help The Salvation Army Rescue Christmas by spreading hope, love and joy to the less fortunate members of society.

Whether you're hosting a coat drive, bellringing in the community or online, or volunteering in person or from home, there are countless ways for you to give back and offer the priceless gift of your time. There are opportunities to get involved for individuals, families, schools, organizations and businesses. To find ways to volunteer and support your community, view our regional volunteer locations, or contact our Volunteer Resources Office.

 

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

Christmas Bell Ringer

When you're a bell ringer for The Salvation Army, you're helping to support services in your neighborhood. Volunteers are the difference between an empty red kettle and one that raises about $30 per hour - enough to provide a family with two bags of groceries, or shelter an individual for a night. Learn more about Bell Ringing or Register to Ring today.

Top 5 Reasons to be a Salvation Army Volunteer Bell Ringer

5. That cool red apron.
4. You get to ring a bell. Enough said.
3. You can sing out of tune.
2. You spread holiday cheer.
1. You raise money to help your neighbors in need.


Angel Tree Program

Brighten the holidays for struggling neighbors this season! You can bring joy to families in need by volunteering at your local Salvation Army with our Angel Tree program. There are many ways you can help including assisting with applications, writing up Angel Tag wishes, donating gifts (toys, books, clothing) or helping at a local gift sorting or distribution event. For more information on how you can volunteer and help make this a wonderful Christmas for every child, see below. To set up an Angel Tree with co-workers, a church group, or friends, please email uscmet.holidaydonate@usc.salvationarmy.org


Holiday Meals

The Salvation Army provides holiday meals for families unable to create a special meal themselves. Several community centers will have to-go holiday meals this year to provide Christmas spirit in a safe manner. You can help prepare or distribute these to families at the below location(s). Please check back as more opportunities will arise as families register for Christmas assistance.


Additional Holiday Volunteer Opportunities


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities by Location

Greeting Cards for Housing Program Residents

  • What: During this unprecedented time, it is easy to feel anxious and alone. The intention is to create greeting cards for those in our housing programs to bring a glimmer of hope and joy to their day, and to let them know they are in our thoughts and prayers.
  • Who: Healthy volunteers of all ages
  • Next steps: Please view or download the instructional guide

Face Masks for Essential Staff, Volunteers, and Vulnerable Individuals

  • What: Salvation Army is an essential social service provider during the Coronavirus crisis. To help us maintain best practices with CDC guidelines, we are looking for individuals to get crafty and create home-made face masks for staff and volunteers who are assisting in food preparation and distribution, and for vulnerable individuals.
  • Who: Healthy volunteers who can sew
  • Next steps: Please view or download the instructional guide

Location: Metropolitan Division + Remote

5040 N Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60630
Phone: 773-725-1100
 
Administrative Assistant for Fundraising Volunteer
 

  • What: Help the individual giving team of The Salvation Army Chicago's Metropolitan Division to succeed in their fundraising goals. Duties include help with mailings, check voicemails, complete mail merges, use excel and office 365.
  • When: Volunteer can create their own schedule during business hours, but should be able to commit to volunteering 7-10 hours/week and for a minimum of 6 months. 1 day per week this volunteer would be needed in the office, but the rest can be done remotely.
  • Who: Skilled volunteer who is proficient in Microsoft, is detail oriented, and can is able to take initiative. Volunteer must be able to provide their own laptop.
  • Next Steps: Apply by registering online by 10/23/2020. For additional questions or to share your resume email metvolunteer@usc.salvationarmy.org.

 

Location: Chicago Lawn Corps

5950 S. Spaulding Avenue
Chicago, IL 60629
Phone: 773-434-0488

Food Pantry Assistant Volunteers

  • What: Volunteers are needed to assist with the food pantry. Duties may include unloading food truck, transferring food to kitchen, preparing grocery bags, carrying finished boxes to main entrance for distribution.
  • When: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am – 2pm
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18-59 or teens 14-17 with parent supervision
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Dennise Hernandez at 773-434-0488 or dennise.hernandez@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online.

Facilities Assistant Volunteers

  • What: Volunteers are needed to serve as facilities assistants, helping to keep the building clean and organized. Duties also include painting, cutting grass, and helping in the garden.
  • When: Volunteers can create their own schedule during office hours Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm.
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18-59 or teens 14-17 with parent supervision
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Dennise Hernandez at 773-434-0488 or dennise.hernandez@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online.

Location: Chicago Midway Citadel Corps

5036 W. 47th Street
Chicago, IL 60638
Phone: 773-838-8005

Restaurant Driver Volunteers

  • What: Healthy volunteers with a valid license are needed to assist in picking up food donations from local restaurants.
  • When: Ideal candidate will be available to make pick -ups on Tuesdays after 11am, Wednesdays 9am – 11am and after 1pm, and Fridays after 11am.
  • Who: Healthy adults age 21-59 with a valid driver’s license
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Lieutenant Ali Welch at 773-531-8455 or alisha.welch@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online.

 
Facilities Assistant Volunteers

  • What: Healthy volunteers are needed to serve as facilities assistants, helping to keep the building clean and organized.
  • When: Volunteers can create their own schedule during office hours Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm.
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18-59
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Lieutenant Ali Welch at 773-531-8455 or alisha.welch@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online.

Location: freedom center (Harbor Light)

825 N. Christiana
Chicago, IL 60651
Phone: 312-667-2200

Kitchen Volunteers

  • What: Volunteers are needed for general help in the kitchen with meal prep, serving meals, and cleaning dining room after meals.  
  • When: Shifts are available Monday through Sunday
  • Who: Healthy adults 18 and older 
  • Next Steps: Reach out to Mimi Hristova at mimi.hristova@usc.salvationarmy.org or at 312-667-2256 or by registering online.

Location: Belvidere Corps

422 S. Main St
Belvidere, IL 61008
Phone: 815-544-3892

Food Pantry Assistant Volunteers

  • What: Healthy volunteers are needed to assist with food distribution 
  • When: First Wednesday of each month
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18-59
  • Next Steps: Sign up for a shift by contacting Linda Merrow at 815-544-3892 or linda.merrow@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online.

Location: DeKalb Corps

830 Grove Street
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-756-4308

Food Pantry Assistant

  • What: Healthy volunteers are needed to help in the food pantry with collecting food, bagging groceries, stocking shelves, and packing food boxes.
  • When: Every Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 10:30am and 10:30am – 1:00pm, Wednesdays from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, and Thursdays from 4:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Who: Healthy individuals age 14 and older
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Erin Andrews at 815-756-4308 or erin.andrews@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online.

Location: Des Plaines Corps 

609 W Dempster St
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Phone: 847-981-9111

Receptionist Volunteer

  • What: Administrative volunteers are needed to serve as a front desk receptionist. Duties include but are not limited to registering people who come in the building, answering and transferring calls, and sharing information about programs.
  • When: This opportunity is flexible, but help is appreciated Monday through Thursday from 9:30am to 4:00pm. 
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18 or older
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Isela Guzman at 847-981-9111 or by registering online.

Location: Elgin Corps

316 Douglas Street
Elgin, IL 60120
Phone: 847-741-2304

Food Pantry Assistant Volunteers

  • What: Healthy volunteers are needed to assist in the food pantry with intake, packing food boxes, bringing carts to clients’ cars, stocking shelves, and storing food 
  • When: Every Friday and Saturday from 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18-59
  • Next Steps: Sign up for a shift by contacting Kaitlyn Ehler at 847-741-2304 ext. 306 or kaitlyn.ehler@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online.

Location: Emergency Disaster Services

1000 W. Pratt Boulevard
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Phone: 847-709-6700

Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Volunteers

  • What: The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division Emergency Disaster Services team needs ongoing assistance. We train volunteers to safely assist during disasters, utilizing our canteens to provide food, hydration and emotional/spiritual care to first responders as well as those who have been impacted.
  • Next Steps: Click on our website and follow the steps forward. You can talk to our Volunteer Coordinator, Matt Coatar, at 847-709-6621 or email him at matthew.coatar@usc.salvationarmy.org with questions.

Location: Gary-Merrillville Corps

4800 Harrison Street
Gary, IN 46408
Phone: 219-887-6588

Facility Assistant Volunteers

  • What: Healthy volunteers are needed to serve as facilities assistants, helping to keep the building clean and organized.
  • When: Volunteers can create their own schedule during office hours Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm.
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18-59
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Cpt. Amanda Keene at 219-887-6588 or amanda.keene@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online.

Location: Hammond-Munster Corps

8225 Columbia Avenue
Munster, IN 46321
Phone: 219-838-0380

Food Pantry Volunteers

  • What: Healthy volunteers are needed to assist in the food pantry with intake, packing food boxes, bringing carts to clients’ cars, stocking shelves, and storing food.
  • When: Every Monday-Wednesday from 9:00am – 12:00pm and Tuesday-Thursday from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18-59
  • Next Steps: Sign up for a shift by contacting Linda Dove at 219-838-0380 Ext. 204 or linda.dove@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online.

Office Assistant Volunteers

  • What: Healthy volunteers are needed to assist in the office with answering multi-phone line system, making copies, preparing mail, filing, and other administrative duties.
  • When: Every Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 4:00pm.
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18-59
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Linda Dove at 219-838-0380 Ext. 204 or linda.dove@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online.

If you would like to join our divisional volunteer list and be notified of future volunteer needs, please fill out our divisional volunteer application or email METVolunteer@usc.salvationarmy.org.

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