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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

Hygiene Kits for Individuals or Families Facing Homelessness

  • What: Many people who are facing homelessness lack basic necessities. Filling large resealable plastic bags with some basics can be helpful.
  • Who: Healthy volunteers of all ages
  • Next Steps: Please view or download the flyer with information about items needed and how to coordinate drop-off.

Location: Metropolitan Division Headquarters

5040 N. Pulaski Rd.
Chicago, IL 60630
Phone: 773-205-3532

Fundraising Administrative Assistant

  • What: Help the development department’s individual giving team to succeed in their fundraising goals by assisting with mailings, checking messages, managing excel spreadsheets, and other office tasks.
  • When: Flexible on-site schedule for 7+ hours per week during weekdays. Ideal candidates will be able to commit to 6 months or more.
  • Who: Candidates should be proficient in Microsoft Office 365, be detail-oriented, have good penmanship, and have a passion for the mission of The Salvation Army.
  • Next Steps: Apply by submitting an application online . For questions or to share your resume, email the volunteer department at metvolunteer@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Location: Chicago Englewood Corps (Red Shield Center)

945 W 69th St
Chicago, IL 60621
Phone: 773-358-3200

Back to School Bash Event Volunteer

  • What:  Help distribute school supplies, share informational resources, facilitate games, or help set up or tear down at this community Back to School Bash! Volunteers can help for a couple hours or the whole event. 
  • When: Saturday, August 14th from 8:00am – 3:00pm 
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18-59 
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Amber Levesque at metvolunteer@usc.salvationarmy.org or registering online. 

Location: Chicago LaVillita Corps

3621 W 24th St
Chicago, IL 60623
Phone: 773-257-0700

Music Instructor

  • What: Be an instrumental part of The Salvation Army’s music program! Musicians are needed to teach instruments to students such as guitar, ukulele, bass drum, or piano.
  • When: Shifts are flexible based on volunteer availability for weekdays after 3:00pm during the school year. 
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+ 
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Captain Daniel Paredes at 773-257-0700 or daniel.paredes@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online.

Location: Chicago Lawn Corps

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

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 individuals age 18+ 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.

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, and helping seniors and people with disabilities to carry boxes to main entrance.
  • When: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am – 2pm
  • Who: Healthy individuals age 18+ 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
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Officer Carlos Moran at carlos.moran@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
  • Who: Healthy individuals age 18+ 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: Chicago Midwest Corps

20 S Campbell Ave
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-733-4801

Food Pantry Assistant Volunteers

  • What: Volunteers will help transform food donations into bags ready to be distributed to food pantry guests in the community. 
  • When: Create your own weekly 2-hour shift for a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday between 9:00am – 3:00pm.  
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Lt. Sara Ray at 312-733-4801 or sara.ray@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online

Location: Aurora Corps

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

Facilities and Grounds Assistants

  • What: Help keep the building and grounds clean and safe by sweeping, gardening, and helping with general building upkeep.
  • When: This volunteer opportunity is flexible with shifts available Monday through Friday between 9:30am – 3:00pm
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Major Gabriela Rangel at 630-589-4001 or gabriela.rangel@usc.salvationarmy.org and registering online.

Receptionist

  • What: Assist Aurora community by answering phone calls, greeting guests, filing paperwork and making copies.
  • When: This volunteer opportunity is flexible with shifts available Monday through Friday between 9:30am – 3:00pm
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+, Bilingual, Spanish-speaking preferred
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Major Gabriela Rangel at 630-589-4001 or gabriela.rangel@usc.salvationarmy.org and registering online.

Location: Belvidere Corps

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

Back to School Distribution Assistant

  • What: Volunteers will help give away pre-packed backpacks with school supplies at their drive through distribution.
  • When: Wednesday, August 11th from 9:30am – 12:00pm or 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Who: Healthy individuals 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up for a shift by contacting Linda Merrow at 815-544-3892 or linda.merrow@usc.salvationarmy.org and registering online.
     

Food Pantry Assistant Volunteers

  • What: Healthy volunteers are needed to assist with food distribution
  • When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30am – 12:00pm
  • Who: Healthy individuals age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up for a shift by contacting Linda Merrow at 815-544-3892 or linda.merrow@usc.salvationarmy.org and registering online.

Corps Volunteer

  • What: Volunteers are needed to assist with a variety of tasks at the corps
  • When: This opportunity is flexible with shifts available Monday through Friday between 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Who: Healthy individuals age 18+
  • 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 individuals 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: Cicero Templo-Laramie Corps

2337 S Laramie Ave
Cicero, IL 60804
Phone: 708-222-0177

Mobile Produce Pantry Assistants

  • What: Healthy volunteers are needed to help with the monthly mobile produce pantry by bagging and distributing fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • When: First Mondays of each month from 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Veronica Soto at 708-222-0177 or veronica.soto@usc.salvationarmy.org, or by registering online.

Food Pantry Assistants 

  • What: Healthy volunteers are needed to help organize and bag items for food pantry in the morning and distribute items to clients in the afternoon.  
  • When: Shifts available every Monday and Tuesday from 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Veronica Soto at 708-222-0177 or veronica.soto@usc.salvationarmy.org, or by registering online.

Location: DeKalb Corps

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

Food Pantry Assistant

  • What: Help in the client choice food pantry by assisting clients, bagging groceries, and stocking shelves.
  • When: Shifts available Monday - Friday from 8:30am – 10:30am or 10:30am – 12:30pm, 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: Des Plaines Corps

600 W. Dempster Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Phone: 847-981-9111

After School Group Teachers/Aides

  • What: Assist with after school program by helping teach youth lessons on subjects such as STEM, art, or music.
  • When: Thursdays from 6:00pm – 8:00pm during the schoolyear starting September 16th
  • Who: Healthy individuals age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Isela Guzman at 847-981-9111 or by registering online

Location: Elgin Corps

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

Home Goods Pantry Assistant

  • What: Assist with checking clients in and making sure paperwork is filled out, gather requested items, and bag them, and restock pantry shelves as needed.
  • When: Shifts available Tuesdays from 10:00am – 12:00pm and Thursdays from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Who: Healthy individuals age 18+ who can lift 20+ pounds
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Kaitlyn Ehler at 847-741-2304 or Kaitlyn.Ehler@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online

Food Pantry Assistant 

  • What: Assist with checking clients in and making sure paperwork is filled out, bag groceries, and distribute items to clients. 
  • When: Shifts available Fridays and Saturdays from 8:45am – 11:30am. 
  • Who: Healthy individuals age 18+ who can lift 20+ pounds. 
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Kaitlyn Ehler at 847-741-2304 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: Joliet Corps

300 3rd Ave
Joliet, IL 60433
Phone: 815-726-4834

Food Pantry Receiving Assistant

  • What: Assist in the food pantry by helping bring donated items inside, organize and stock shelves, and prepare for Monday food pantry distributions.
  • When: Shifts available 2nd Wednesday and 2nd Thursday of the month from 10:00am – 1:00pm and 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Linda Trevino at 815-726-4834 or linda.trevino@usc.salvationarmy.org and registering online.

Food Pantry Distribution Assistant

  • What: Assist in the food pantry by preparing and taking groceries to clients’ cars.
  • When: Shifts available Mondays from 9:00am – 12:00pm for set up, and 12:00pm – 3:00pm for distribution.
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Linda Trevino at 815-726-4834 or linda.trevino@usc.salvationarmy.org and registering online.

Location: Rockford & Winnebago County Social Services

416 S. Madison
Rockford, IL 61104
Phone: 815-972-1135

Food Pantry Assistant

  • What: Assist in the food pantry by assisting shoppers, collecting food, bagging groceries, and stocking shelves.
  • When: Shifts available Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 12:00pm and 12:00pm – 4:00pm.
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Debby Brown at 815-972-1135 or debby.brown@usc.salvationarmy.org and registering online.

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 individuals age 18+
  • 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

Golf Outing Event Volunteer

  • What: Help as an event volunteer with registration or auction set up at The Salvation Army Lake County Office’s annual Golf Outing fundraiser event. 
  • When: Thursday, September 16th from 8:30am – 12:00pm 
  • Where: White Hawk Country Club in Crown Point, IN
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up for a shift by contacting Kevin Feldman at 219-384-4929 or kevin.feldman@usc.salvationarmy.org or registering online.

Back to School Carnival Event Volunteer

  • What: Help as an event volunteer with set up, registration, food services, games, school supply distribution, prize table, or clean up!
  • When: Sunday, August 15th with shifts available between 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up for a shift by contacting Lt. Darby Bowyer at 219-730-7032 or darby.bowyer@usc.salvationarmy.org or registering online.

Flea Market Event Volunteer

  • What: Help as an event volunteer with set up, bake sale table, flea market table, grilling, food service, filling condiments and cleaning tables, work in kitchen, cash register, or clean up!
  • When: Saturday, September 25th with shifts available between 7:00am – 3:00pm
  • 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.
     

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.

Food Pantry Assistant

  • What: Assist in the food pantry by collecting food, taking carts to clients cars, stocking shelves, and packing food boxes.
  • When: Shifts available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00am – 12:00pm and Tuesday through Thursday from 1:00pm – 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.

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.  


Holiday Volunteers Needed

It’s not too early to start thinking about giving back during the holidays!

If you are interested in helping as a volunteer driver or with administrative and program assistance at a Corps Community Center, email metvolunteer@usc.salvationarmy.org, the location(s) you’re interested in helping at, and how you’d like to help!

If you would like to ring bells for the iconic Red Kettle Campaign, create an account at registertoring.com.

We will follow up with you once shifts are added in September.


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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