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When you volunteer Hope Marches On for families in our community.

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: North and Central Illinois 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 with mailings, checking messages, managing excel spreadsheets, and other office tasks.
  • When: Flexible on-site schedule for about 5-10 hours per week any days Monday-Friday.
  • Who: Candidates should be knowledgeable about Microsoft Office 365, detail-oriented, have good penmanship, and have a passion for the mission of The Salvation Army.
  • Next Steps: Sign up by registering online. Contact metvolunteer@usc.salvationarmy.org with any questions.

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: Monday 9:00am - 11:00am, Tuesday 10:00am – 12:00pm, or Thursday 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.
  • Monday 9:00am - 11:00am, Tuesday 10:00am – 12:00pm, or Thursday 10:00am – 12:00pm.

Angel Tree Christmas Toy Preparation

Angel Tree Christmas Toy and Food Basket Distribution


Location: Freedom Center (Harbor Light)

825 N Christiana Ave
Chicago, IL 60651
Phone: (312) 667-2200

Bilingual After School Assistant

  • What: Volunteer who is bilingual with Spanish to help with non-speaking English children
  • When: Monday-Friday, 4-7pm during after school program
  • Who: Must be bilingual with Spanish
  • Next Steps: Sign up by registering online. Contact metvolunteer@usc.salvationarmy.org with any questions.

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

Food Pantry Assistant Volunteers

  • What: Healthy volunteers are needed to assist with food distribution
  • When: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00am – 1:00pm with additional support needed 1st Wednesday of each month.
  • 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: Crystal Lake Corps

209 W Crystal Lake Ave
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Phone: 815-455-2769

Back to School Drive

  • What: Pack, sort and distribute back to school supplies for local students.
  • When: July 26 - July 29: Shifts available from 10 am -12 pm and 1 pm - 3 pm; August 4: 10 am - 12 pm; 1 pm - 3 pm and 5 pm - 7 pm; August 5: 10 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 3 pm; August 6: 8:45 am - 12pm
  • Who: Healthy individuals age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Yvonne Semel at 815 - 455 - 2769; Lieutenant Nancy Rivera at 773 - 251 - 4019 or nancy.rivera@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 Elyse Troscinski at 815.756.4308  x4314 or elyse.troscinski@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online.

Location: Des Plaines Corps

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

After School Group Teacher/Aide

  • What: Assist with the after school program by helping students with homework or help teach music classes.
  • When: Thursdays from 6:00pm – 8:00pm during the school year calendar.
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Isela Guzman at 847-981-9111 or isela.guzman@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online.

Teacher – After School Program - Thursday

  • What: Work with up to 15 children at a time preparing and teaching one-hour weekly classes throughout the school year.
  • When: Thursdays from 5:30pm – 8:00pm during the school year calendar.
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Isela Guzman at 847-981-9111 or isela.guzman@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online.

Youth Van Driver

  • What: Serving Youth Ministry through safely transporting our youth to various activities and meetings.
  • When: Thursdays from 5:00pm – 8:30pm during the school year calendar and special events.
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+ with an active drivers license.
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Isela Guzman at 847-981-9111 or isela.guzman@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online.

Kitchen Assistant

  • What: Assisting with all activities related to providing a meal to the community including preparing and serving food, cleaning up after the meal, taking inventory and developing a daily menu.
  • When: Tuesday-Friday from 3:00am-6:00pm.
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Isela Guzman at 847-981-9111 or isela.guzman@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online.

Music Instructor

  • What: Working with children in the growing and thriving music program. May include: teaching piano, guitar, vocal and/or music techniques to students at a variety of levels.
  • When: Thursdays from 6:00pm– 8:00pm.
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+ with basic music competencies.
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Isela Guzman at 847-981-9111 or isela.guzman@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online.

Ministry – Community Homeless Ministries

  • What: Work with Corp Officer(s) to develop a program for caring for the community through acts such as regular visits and practical assistance for the homeless.
  • When: We need someone to commit to (5) hours a week, Monday through Saturday.
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Isela Guzman at 847-981-9111 or isela.guzman@usc.salvationarmy.org or by registering online.

Location: Elgin Corps Community Center

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

Food Pantry Assistant

  • What: Help with weekly food pantry by preparing and distributing food to clients.
  • When: Fridays and Saturdays from 8:45am – 11:30am.
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up by calling 847-741-2304 or registering online.

Location: Evanston Corps

1403 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847-866-9770

Front Office Assistant

  • What: Assist by answering phone calls, greeting visitors, screening potential social service applicants, and helping people apply to volunteer.
  • When: Create your own schedule weekdays between 10:00am – 3:00pm.
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Captain Christina Champlin at christina.tamayo@usc.salvationarmy.org and registering online.

Senior Fitness Instructor

  • What: Teach creative exercise classes for older adults who would like to work on maintaining their health. Classes should be low impact fitness catered to older adults.
  • When: Teach 1st, 2nd, and 4th Thursdays of the month from 1pm – 2pm at Evanston Corps. Additional prep time may be needed to create the class routines.
  • Who: Healthy adults with a passion for fitness! Experience in teaching fitness classes preferred but not necessary.
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Shakerah Olivera at shakerah.olivera@usc.salvationarmy.org and registering online.

Senior Program Activity Assistant

  • What: Support events and activities for older adults who would like to work on maintaining good health. Activities may include Bingo, Fitness, Field Trips, Movie Days, and more).
  • When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Next Steps: Sign up by contacting Shakerah Olivera at shakerah.olivera@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: 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 Monday through Friday from 9:00am - 12:00pm 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 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: 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: Tri City Corps

1710 S 7th Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
Phone: 630-377-2769

Front Desk Receptionist

  • What: Help day to day activity run smoothly by answering phones and greeting guests.
  • When: Help weekly for one or more 2-hour shifts Monday – Thursday between 8:00am – 4:00pm.
  • Who: Healthy adults age 18+
  • Next Steps: Contact Cathy Winters with any questions at cathy.winters@usc.salvationarmy.org or register 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.  


Volunteers Needed

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!


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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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