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Volunteer to Help Coronavirus Response Efforts

During this unprecedented crisis, we cannot do it without you.

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


location: emergency disaster services

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

Grocery Box Builders

  • What: We will need to build between 1,500 and 2,000 grocery boxes a week, so staffing these shifts will be essential to our operations.
  • Project Overview: After our safety briefing/hand-washing, volunteers will go out in our warehouse and be given latex gloves. Volunteers will be appropriately spaced along our conveyor line. Each will have particular food items to place in the box when it is rolled to them. Then they will roll it down the line to the next volunteer. These boxes will be sent the next day to homebound individuals and families. It is really important work. Share with friends, family, etc.
  • When: Tuesdays from 9am – 1:30pm; Thursdays from 9am – 1:30pm; Saturdays from 9am – 4pm through May. If you are able to sign up for a volunteer shift on an on-going basis, please sign up for each shift.
  • Who: Open to the public, but anyone who would like to volunteer should visit the Emergency Disaster Services website to complete the 3 required steps to become a credentialed volunteer.  
  • Next Steps: Interested volunteers can sign up online and reach out to Matt Coatar at matthew.coatar@usc.salvationarmy.org with questions.

location: freedom center

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

Kitchen Volunteers

  • What: Healthy volunteers are needed to make bagged lunches in the kitchen. The lunches will later be distributed by the mobile outreach unit to those who are experiencing homelessness.  
  • When: Monday through Friday from 1pm – 4pm. 
  • Who: Open to the public, but anyone who would like to volunteer multiple times should fill out a volunteer application
  • Next Steps: Reach out to Mimi Hristova at mimi.hristova@usc.salvationarmy.org or at 312-667-2256 for next steps. To learn more about this volunteer opportunity, you can also reach out to the project supervisor and Food Services Manager, Aida Montanez at aida.montanez@usc.salvationarmy.org or at 312-667-2248.

Additional Volunteer Locations 

Start an Online Fundraiser to Help Coronavirus Response Efforts

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.