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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. 


Bell Ringing

Bell ringers truly make it possible for us to provide our services all year long. Your time spent at the kettles raises an average of $100 per hour in support of our health, housing, and human services programs in Olmsted County. Please visit www.registertoring.com or call 218-370-1093 to register to ring.

When: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.                                                                                                                                   

Where: Locations Across Rochester, MN


Toy & Joy Shop

Shoppers and Application Takers Needed- Also seeking Spanish Speakers

The Salvation Army distributes thousands of gifts to children in need every year. Your help getting families signed up to take part, and helping parents to shop for presents makes hundreds of children's Christmases bright. Please contact Major Lisa Mueller at 507-288-3663 to volunteer for this event. 

When: December 6 through December 22, 2021                                                                                                                                    

Where: The Social Services Center, 115 First Avenue NE, Rochester, MN 55906


Dental Clinic

Dentists Needed

The Good Samaritan Dental Clinic provides emergency dental care for uninsured and under-insured people needing tooth extractions and treatment for tooth pain. We are seeking dentists able to volunteer on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings once a quarter to ensure that we are able to relieve our patients of pain as quickly as possible. We are currently seeing a large number of patients, and without additional dentists, these patients are waiting up to three weeks to be treated for dental pain. Your help makes a massive impact. 

When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday mornings                                                                                                                                       

Where: The Good Samaritan Dental Clinic, 120 N. Broadway Avenue, Rochester, MN 55906


Social Services

Food Shelf Volunteer

The Salvation Army's Food Shelf is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am-4pm, and volunteers make it possible to keep this resource available to the downtown area. Volunteers are needed from 10am-1pm and 1pm-4pm. 

-When: Tuesdays and Fridays- between 10am and 4pm

Where: The Salvation Army Social Services Center, 115 First Avenue NE, Rochester, MN 55906


Social Services Front Desk Volunteer

The Salvation Army's Social Services Center is looking for volunteers willing to assist in temperature checking new clients, distributing shampoo and other hygiene products, distributing clothing items from our resource room, all in an effort to support our community's homeless and low-income population. 

-When: Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm. Volunteers are most needed between 8am and 1pm

Where: The Salvation Army Social Services Center, 115 First Avenue NE, Rochester, MN 55906


Red Wing Thrift Store

Donations Volunteer

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