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Volunteer This Holiday Season

Help provide hope to those in greatest need.

From ringing bells during the holiday season to distributing supplies in the wake of a local disaster or serving food to the hungry, volunteers are the backbone of The Salvation Army's efforts to help those in need in the Omaha metro.

By offering your time and skills, you can make a significant contribution to your community. Your positive influence will help to transform lives, give hope to families and strengthen our community.

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Our Greatest Volunteer Needs


Bell Ringing
The wonderful tradition of ringing bells at our red kettles continues with the support of our volunteers. Things will look different this year amid the pandemic, but your safety is our utmost concern. Please consider signing up to help those most in need in our community during this holiday season.
*Please carefully review the safety protocols and instructions we have in place this year.

A Way to Work Meal Delivery
We are looking for a reliable volunteer to pick up and transport hot meals to the workers in our Way to Work program. This program provides employment, training and services to people struggling with homelessness.

Angel Tree & Toyland
The Angel Tree and Toyland programs give families the opportunity to receive toys and gifts for their children. The preparation for these requires many volunteers to help bag and sort the toys, as well as assist with distribution.

 

Volunteer from Home
Notes of Encouragement
Looking to volunteer from the comfort of your own home? Bring smiles and warm the hearts of our Durham Booth Manor residents by sending cards filled with words of encouragement, artwork and heartfelt messages. Learn more about how you can help make someone's day.

Mask Making
Our social services program clients and residents would love to receive new washable cloth face masks. Mens, womens and childrens sizes are all needed. Any type of mask will work - sew, no-sew, tie, elastic band, etc. Grab your favorite fabric and learn more about how you can help.

 

 

Interested in volunteering?

Please contact our volunteer coordinator at 402-898-6000 or WSTvolunteers@usc.salvationarmy.org with any questions or to learn more about our volunteer opportunities.

 



Other Volunteer Opportunities

The following is a description of some of the ongoing volunteer opportunities available with The Salvation Army. For more information or to sign up, please call our Volunteer Services department at 402-898-6000.

  • The Food Pantry at the Burrows Center for Help and Hope
    Food insecurity is a heartbreaking struggle that affects 14% of our neighbors in the Omaha metro alone. The Burrows Center food pantry fills approximately 8,000 grocery orders each year, ensuring that individuals and families get the nutritious food they need to survive and thrive. Volunteers can sign up to help stock the shelves or assist visitors with shopping.
     
  • Winter Night Watch
    Our mobile food distribution trucks patrol Omaha’s streets from early December through the end of February, making multiple stops in areas where homeless people congregate to offer hot meals and winter outerwear to anyone in need. Shifts are approximately three hours, during which volunteers drive the trucks or distribute hot meals, beverages and winter clothing to those who come by. Volunteers must be older than age 18 and able to lift 20 pounds and stand for 40 minutes at a time (Youth ages 14-18 can participate if accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times; the parent/guardian must sign up for a volunteer slot as well.). Volunteer drivers must complete an MVR form and a one-hour driving course and be approved by The Salvation Army.
     
  • Emergency Disaster Services (EDS)
    From house fires to tornadoes to flooding, when it comes to local disasters, The Salvation Army is often the first on the scene and the last to depart. Sometimes the work is completed within hours, but often relief operations can continue for months – as was the case during the Flood of 2019. The next time a local disaster hits, consider signing up to volunteer a few hours with The Salvation Army to help hand out food, beverages, clothing and other supplies.