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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. 

The Good Samaritan Health Clinic

Dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, administrators, and students are all welcome to volunteer for our Good Samaritan Dental Clinic.

When: Hours vary. Call 507-529-4100 for details.
Where: Good Samaritan Dental Clinic – Castleview Apartments building, 120 N. Broadway, Rochester

Our Good Samaritan Health Clinic Pharmacy is looking for a volunteer receptionist willing to assist our team in distributing pharmaceuticals to those in need.

When: 7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Where: Good Samaritan Health Clinic – Castleview Apartments building, 120 N. Broadway, Rochester


Bell Ringing and Seasonal

As an annual Salvation Army tradition, we have more than 8,000 bell ringing hours to fill with volunteers each year. Volunteers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises about $100 per hour – enough to provide a family with groceries for a month. Outdoor and indoor locations are available. Our Bell Ringing Calendar is currently open to the public. Call 507-288-3663 to volunteer to ring the bells or sign up online for a bell ringing shift.

Kettle Drivers replace full red kettles with empty ones. They also put out signs that announce bell ringing groups; check to make sure that bells are present and functioning; and ensure there are Salvation Army aprons at each kettle location. Volunteer drivers make the kettle campaign possible. Shifts start at 7:30 p.m., and it usually takes about 45 minutes to drive one of the four kettle routes in Rochester. Please call Rebecca at 507-288-3663 to volunteer to drive.

Held at Autumn Ridge Church on Thanksgiving morning every year, this year's event will be a virtual run held in support of The Salvation Army's food and meal programs. Last year, the event helped us to provide over 21,000 meals. From a 5k run, to an off-road run, to a 2-mile walk, there’s something at this event for everyone! Register to volunteer or to sign up to race.

This year's Toy and Joy Event will be completely contactless, for the safety of the families we serve. Families are registering for Christmas Assistance online at SAAngelTree.org, and volunteers are assisting our staff in pre-boxing/bagging presents for each family. As families come to pick up their gifts on Dec. 16-19, volunteers will also be needed to bring gifts out to each family's car so that they can safely and easily leave with their childrens' Christmas presents. Please call 507-288-3663 to volunteer for this event.


Day Center- Helping the Homeless

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

Maintenance volunteers are needed to help clean the dining room after our daily served hot meal, doing laundry so that we can provide towels for clients needing showers, cleaning out the landscaping and mowing the lawns. Volunteers for this opportunity truly make it possible for our programs to operate on a daily basis. One-on-one training will be provided. No background check or Safe From Harm training required. Maintenance volunteers may use their time to complete community service requirements.

When: Flexible Schedule, Hours of operation are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: The Salvation Army Community Center, 20 First Ave. NE, Rochester, MN 55906


Store Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help The Salvation Army Thrift Store accept donations, sort donations, and organize and maintain the sales floor. Volunteers will be directly supervised by the Thrift Store management. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age or supervised by an adult.

Length of Commitment: Flexible on a regular and ongoing basis
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. | Saturdays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. | Closed Sunday


Food Distribution

We are looking for volunteers who enjoy meeting and working with new people. As a satellite of Channel One Regional Food Bank, we will need you for only a few hours each week, to assist in this important food distribution task. Minimal computer experience and training is required and supplied. Please call 507-288-3663 for more information.

When: Friday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m and/or 1–4 p.m.
Where: The Salvation Army Social Services Building, 115 First Ave. NE, Rochester

We need volunteers willing to pick up bread from Hy-Vee and Daube's to keep our Bread Shelf stocked. Volunteers are welcome to use our Salvation Army vans to do this pickup if they pass a background check and driver screening. All bread will be delivered to our community center at 20 First Avenue NE Rochester, MN 55906.

When: Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Where: Hy-Vee, 500 Crossroads Drive SW Rochester, MN 55902

When: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Where: Daube's, 1310 5th Place NW Rochester, MN 55901