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Safety is our utmost priority

Since the start of COVID-19 we have ramped up efforts to prevent the spread of this virus among our employees, volunteers, and the homeless and other vulnerable people we serve.

Since the start of COVID-19 we have ramped up efforts to prevent the spread of this virus among our employees, volunteers, and the homeless and other vulnerable people we serve.

When you volunteer with us, you can be confident that all our volunteer activities follow local safety guidelines to keep you safe and healthy. Additionally, all staff, volunteers and program participants are sent hygiene and prevention information as recommended by the CDC.

This year at red kettles nationwide, we’ve implemented mask and cleaning protocols, social distancing, and contactless donation options for your safety as a bell ringing volunteer. Watching the special training video (below) in advance of your shift will help you feel confident in the steps we can take together to ensure your safety and the safety of those you’ll interact with.

If you’d like to learn more about safety measures for a specific volunteer opportunity, please contact your local Salvation Army volunteering team

We are grateful for you and our whole Army of volunteers. Your gift of time makes it possible for us to serve those in need.

Volunteer and Donor Safety at Kettles: Bell Ringer Training

Watch a short video on the ways we've adapted our kettles for the safety of everyone.

Help From Anywhere

If you still prefer to stay in, become a micro-volunteer! Every single day you have the opportunity to make a difference. And, sometimes it’s those closest to us that need our kindness the most. Here are 10 great ideas for doing something kind this week:

  1. Send a grocery delivery to a neighbor in need
  2. Write notes of encouragement to those we help
  3. Plan a special outdoor activity for a family member and surprise them
  4. Volunteer virtually, such as leading a virtual prayer meeting at your church
  5. Hand-write a letter to your grandparent or parent
  6. Help a child do something kind, like making cards to leave on doorsteps
  7. Clean out your closets and donate items you no longer need to us or someone you know
  8. Spend time in prayer for someone in your life
  9. Decorate a window or use sidewalk chalk to spread joy to passersby
  10. Make a family member’s favorite meal, complete with dessert

Read even more ideas for spreading kindness in the world.