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.
Current Volunteer Opportunity: Backpack Sorting
Shifts are Monday Thru Friday 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm. Days vary in # of volunteers needed. If looking to volunteer with a group larger than 5, I would suggest we look at the week of August 8th as those days will need up to 15 helpers per shift. This activity ends on August 16th with a couple days of clean up and reorganization following distribution the weekend prior.
- The smell of new pencils!
- The neon explosion of a Lisa Frank Notebook!
- Helping kids have a great start!
This will take place at The Salvation Army's Omaha Citadel gym located at 3738 Cuming St, Omaha, NE 68131. Volunteers aged 12-15 can volunteer for this opportunity but must do so with a supervising adult who also signs up. Volunteers aged 16-17 can volunteer without an adult present but a permission form will need to be signed by their guardian prior to their shift.
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Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
The following is a list 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.
- March/April – Pack the Pantry
This is a food drive in partnership with The Salvation Army Burrows Center to restock the food pantry. Volunteers organize the donated food and help to stock the shelves in the pantry. This volunteer opportunity typically requires a three-hour commitment.
- Spring – Spring Cleaning
Tasks include weeding, painting and general cleaning at various Salvation Army locations in the metro. This is a great option for large-group volunteering. The time commitment varies by location and task.
- June through August – Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen
Kids Cruisin' Kitchen provides lunch to area children at several locations around the metro during the summer when school is not in session. Volunteers are needed to staff the trucks Monday through Friday; tasks include serving lunch and beverages, cleaning the food prep area and interacting with the public. This activity typically requires a full day commitment.
- July through early August – Backpack Assembly & Distribution
Volunteers are needed in July to help sort donated school supplies and pack backpacks and in August when we distribute the backpacks to families in need at various locations around the metro. We typically ask for a two-hour commitment.
- November – Turkeyfest
On the day before Thanksgiving and on Thanksgiving day itself, volunteers are needed to help prepare food, deliver meals to homebound seniors and help manage traffic and pack meals into cars at the Kroc Center, where this event takes place.
- November & December – Bell Ringing at Red Kettles
Red kettle donations help ensure that The Salvation Army can provide services, including food, housing, material assistance, youth programs and more throughout the whole year. We have multiple Red Kettle locations throughout the metro -- including some indoor spots. Bell ringing is a fun, festive activity to do as a group with family, friends or coworkers.
- December through late February – Winter Night Watch
This program feeds our homeless and near-homeless population in the metro on Monday through Friday during the winter months. We take 2-3 trucks out on a route in the evenings between 5 and 8 p.m. and need two volunteers to serve on each truck.
- December – Toy Sorting for Toyland Days
Volunteers help sort, organize and prepare toys and gifts donated through our Angel Tree program to be distributed at Toyland Days in December. Volunteers are also needed to help parents shop and select gifts for their children at the Kroc Center, Citadel Corps and North Corps during Toyland Days.
- When Needed – 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.
Have questions or need more information?
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.
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