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Help The Salvation Army create change and provide hope all year round.

It’s the kindhearted volunteers like you who help fulfill our promise to do the most good. Whether you have a specific talent to offer or simply an hour of your time, The Salvation Army is the place to turn your passion into action. Please call 507-288-3663 with any questions about our volunteer opportunities. Or complete a volunteer application and background check online. 


Food & Meal Opportunities

The Salvation Army’s Food Shelf is the only food shelf accessible to the downtown area. Volunteers that help stock the food shelf with food donations, and volunteers that help to check in visitors as they come to the food shelf, are critical to the food shelf being open during it’s regular hours. Tuesday and Friday from 10am-4pm.

When: Food shelf attendants have the option of volunteering on Tuesday or Friday from 10am-1pm or from 1pm-4pm. Food shelf stockers are needed on Mondays or Wednesdays between the hours of 8am and 4pm.
Where: The Salvation Army Social Services Center, 115 First Ave. NE, Rochester, MN 55906

The Salvation Army feeds an average of 75 people lunch every day from 11:30am-12:30pm. The pandemic has resulted in a need for additional volunteers able to help with this service. Volunteers able to volunteer regularly (once a week) are especially appreciated.

When: 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Monday-Friday
Where: 20 First Avenue NE, Rochester, MN 55906

Hy-Vee Crossroads has generously provided bread and pastries to The Salvation Army every weekday morning for years. This allows us to stock our bread pantry, and to make sure that we always have food on hand for people that come to us in need. We are seeking volunteers to help deliver this bread to our social services center. Pickup is at 7am, and we are seeking volunteers for Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

When: 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.
Where: 115 First Avenue NE Rochester, MN 55906


Social Services Opportunities

Our social services building is home to a resource room filled with basic needs items like clothing, winter outerwear, shoes, socks, new underwear, and hygiene products. We rely on volunteers to help us keep this room organized, and to supervise the space when clients come to get items that they need from the room.

When: Monday-Friday 8am-Noon
Where: The Salvation Army Community Center, 115 First Ave. NE, Rochester, MN 55906

Duties include taking the temperatures of day center guests as they enter the building, taking their names, giving them name tags, and passing out basic needs items like shampoo, deodorant, towels, and bottles of water.

When: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. and/or 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Where: The Salvation Army Community Center, 115 First Ave. NE, Rochester, MN 55906


Red Wing Thrift Store

The Salvation Army Store in Red Wing, MN, is looking for volunteers to assist with accepting and sorting donated items, and keeping the sales floor clean and organized. The store is open from 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday.

When: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5p.m.
Where: 509 Plum St. Red Wing, MN 55066