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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. 

The Salvation Army has helped thousands of individuals every week as the lead agency for the City of Chicago’s Feeding Task Force. We also operate food pantries at our more than two dozen community centers throughout the greater Chicagoland area, through which we provide groceries for roughly 3,000 people a week.

The Salvation Army remains committed to Doing the Most Good, especially during this unprecedented crisis. But we cannot do it without you. We urge you to support The Salvation Army’s coronavirus response effort by volunteering at home or at one of our locations listed below.  

Together, we will remind people hope isn’t cancelled. Together, we can keep Doing the Most Good.

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
  • 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
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Dennise Hernandez at 773-434-0488 or dennise.hernandez@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online.

Location: Chicago LaVillita Corps

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

After School Program Tutor:

  • What: Volunteers are needed to help with our after school program as tutors. Responsibilities include helping students with homework- usually math, reading, and writing. Volunteer tutors will supervise students, handle sign in and out of each student, and serve snacks. 3 volunteers are needed per shift. 
  • When: Every Tuesday and Thursday during the school year from 2:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Who: 3 healthy adults 18 and older are needed per shift
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Corps Administrator Carlos Moran at 773-257-0700 or 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 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: Chicago Midwest Corps

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

After School Program Volunteers

  • What: Volunteers are needed to assist in the after school program by helping with homework and overseeing snack or gym time. Another volunteer is needed to supervise open gym basketball for teens.
  • When: Volunteers are needed every Monday-Friday from 4pm-6pm to help with homework, snack, and gym time. A volunteer is needed every Tuesday from 6pm-8pm to supervise open gym.
  • Who: 1-2 healthy adults age 18-59 are needed per shift
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting ​Jermaine Primus at jermaine.primus@usc.salvationarmy.org or 847-340-1615, or by registering online.

Mobile Feeding Volunteers

  • What: Volunteers are needed to ​pack personal care and hygiene bags and/or assist officers with mobile feeding runs to deliver food and supplies to those facing homelessness.
  • When: ​Every Monday volunteers are needed to help pack bags from 3pm – 5pm, and to assist Lt. Karen with Mobile Feeding deliveries from 5:30pm-7:30 pm.
  • Who: ​Healthy adults age 18-59
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Lt. Karen Felton at karen.b.felton@usc.salvationarmy.org or 773-849-7770, or by registering online.

location: freedom center (Harbor Light)

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.

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 Tuesday and 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: 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


Location: Waukegan Corps

850 S. Green Bay Road
Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: 847-336-1880

Brass Music Teacher; Piano Teacher; Guitar Teacher & Drums Teacher Volunteers:

  • What: Musicians proficient in Piano, Guitar, Drum, or Brass instruments are needed to serve as Music Teachers for youth age 8 to 16. Following the curriculum provided by Salvation Army Music Department, Music Teachers will prepare students to perform in a Spring and Winter Concert, on their last days of class.
  • When: Class will meet every Thursday from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM from early September to mid November and again late January to early June. Music teachers should plan to expend 1-2 additional hours each week for class preparation. 
  • Who: Two teachers are needed per class. One will teach and the other will support and supervise students. This opportunity is for young adults, age 23-39. Must be able to provide credentials as proficient and capable to teach the instrument. 
  • Next Steps: Contact Jessy Juarez at jessy.juarez@usc.salvationarmy.org or 847-336-1880, or register online.

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 Kaste or Captain Brian Clark at 219-838-0380 or brian.clark@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 Kaste or Cpt. Brian Clark at 219-838-0380 or brian.clark@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online.

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