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

Whether you're 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. 

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities by Location

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! While volunteer opportunities are still limited due to COVID-19, Salvation Army is in need of volunteers for the below activities.

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: 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 Mayfair Corps

5020 N. Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60630
Phone: 773-794-6210

Food Pantry Assistant Volunteers

  • What: Assist with food pantry preparation by unpacking bulk food items, stocking shelves, and bagging groceries.
  • When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am – 12:00pm or 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Lt. Nancy Rivera at nancy.rivera@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 Dalvius King-Harvy at 773-838-8005 or dalvius.king@usc.salvationarmy.org, or by registering online.

Location: Aurora Corps

550 Redwood Drive
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: 630-897-7265

Facilities Assistant Volunteers

  • What: Help keep the building clean and safe by sweeping, vacuuming, and helping with general building maintenance.
  • When: Fridays from 9:30am – 3:00pm
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+ with groups of up to 6 people welcome
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Janille Likens at 630-897-7265 or janille.likens@usc.salvationarmy.org and registering online.

Food Pantry Assistant Volunteers

  • What: Assist with food pantry preparation on Mondays or distribution on Tuesdays. 
  • When: Mondays from 1:00pm – 3:00pm or Tuesdays from 9:30am – 12:00pm
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Janille Likens at 630-897-7265 or janille.likens@usc.salvationarmy.org and 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 and registering online.

Location: Blue Island (Crossgenerations) Corps

2900 W 127th Street
Blue Island, IL 60406
Phone: 708-332-0100

Food Pantry Assistant Volunteers

  • What: Assist with food pantry preparation on Tuesdays or distribution on Wednesdays.
  • When: Tuesdays from 9:00am – 11:00am or Wednesdays from 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up for a shift by contacting Michelle Salazar at 708-332-0100 or michelle.salazar@usc.salvationarmy.org and registering online.

Kitchen Assistant Volunteers

  • What: Help provide lunches to seniors by preparing, serving meals in to-go containers, and cleaning up after distribution. 
  • When: Monday through Friday from 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up for a shift by contacting Michelle Salazar at 708-332-0100 or michelle.salazar@usc.salvationarmy.org and registering online.

Location: Crystal Lake (McHenry County) Corps

290 W. Crystal Lake Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Phone: 815-455-2769

Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Assistant

  • What: Get trained to assist in emergencies with distribution of food and supplies, providing on-site assistance to those in need, and more.
  • When: During emergencies, willingness to be on call
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up for a training to become a certified EDS volunteer by contacting Jeff Pal at 815-455-2769 ext. 16 or jeffrey.pal@usc.salvationarmy.org and registering online

Location: DeKalb Corps

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

Food Pantry Assistant

  • What: Assist in the food pantry by collecting food, bagging groceries, stocking shelves, and packing food boxes.
  • When: Shifts available 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+
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Erin Andrews at 815-756-4308 or erin.andrews@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online.

Location: Elgin Corps

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

Food Pantry Assistant Volunteers

  • What: Assist in the food pantry with intake, packing food boxes, bringing carts to clients’ cars, stocking shelves, and storing food
  • When: Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up for a shift by contacting Hannah Reynolds at hannah.reynolds@usc.salvationarmy.org and 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 St
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 Captain 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

Building Beautification Assistant Volunteers

  • What: Help keep the building clean and safe by sweeping, vacuuming, and helping with general building beautification.
  • When: Hours are flexible on Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up for a shift by contacting Linda Dove at 219-838-0380 Ext. 204 or linda.dove@usc.salvationarmy.org and registering online.

Office Assistant Volunteers

  • What: Help support a variety of programs by answering multi-phone line system, making copies, preparing mail, filing, and performing other administrative duties.
  • When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Linda Dove at 219-838-0380 Ext. 204 or linda.dove@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online.

Location: Lake County Office

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

Development Office Assistant Volunteers

  • What: Assist in the office with acknowledging gifts and mailing receipts to recent donors.
  • When: Hours are flexible, but help is needed 3 hours a day for 3 week days between 9:00am – 5:00pm.
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+.
  • Next Steps: Contact Kevin Feldman at 219-838-1328 or kevin.feldman@usc.salvationarmy.org if interested, and apply online.

If you are interested in volunteering at one of our additional locations when programs resume, you may fill out a volunteer application. This would allow local staff to follow up when volunteer activities resume.  


Coat Drive Collection

Unfortunately, colder temperatures coincide with expenses for Thanksgiving and Christmas, leaving some families no resources for the kind of winter coats needed to survive the harsh Chicago winter. 

Contact the Divisional Volunteer Department at metvolunteer@usc.salvationarmy.org to set up a company or organization coat drive collection. If you would like to donate a coat, you may do so by bringing your new or gently used coat to your local Salvation Army Family Thrift Store.


Contact Us

To contact the Divisional Volunteer Resource Office, email us at METVolunteer@usc.salvationarmy.org

If you would like to join our divisional volunteer list and be notified of future volunteer needs, please fill out our divisional volunteer application.

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