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Winter Night Watch is in desperate need of winter hats, gloves, socks and coats, especially men's sizes XL, 2XL and 3XL. Please call 402-898-5894 to arrange a dropoff time.
Our mobile food distribution units patrol Omaha’s streets during the coldest months of the year, making multiple stops in areas where the homeless congregate to offer hot meals and winter outwear to anyone in need.
All times are approximate depending upon weather and volunteer participation.
Food Truck #1 – Central Route
Food Truck #2 – South Route
Each Winter Night Watch shift is approximately three hours. Volunteers should arrive at The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services building, located at 10629 Burt Circle, at 5:30 p.m. to prepare for a 6 p.m. departure. A driver and three additional volunteers are needed for each of our mobile distribution units to assist with the distribution of the meals and cold weather items at each location. Volunteers must be able to lift 20 pounds and stand for 40 minutes at a time.
Drivers must be qualified and approved by The Salvation Army in order to drive our vehicles. You must complete an MVR form and complete a one-hour driver course. Call 402-898-5936 to inquire about qualifying as a driver.
Due to the sensitive nature of this program, we ask that all volunteers be over the age of 18. Youth ages 14-18 can participate if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. The parent/guardian must sign up for a volunteer slot as well.
If the shift is canceled because of inclement weather, The Salvation Army will contact volunteers by phone as soon as the determination is made to cancel.
If all shifts are filled and you wish to be added to a substitute list, please call 402-898-5894. Substitute volunteers may be contacted on the day they are needed.
Volunteers are also needed in the weeks prior to distribution to help sort donated clothing. Please call 402-898-5936 for more information.