Become a Volunteer
It’s people just like you who make our programs possible by choosing to give your time. Volunteer opportunities vary depending on where you live, but all of our locations need volunteers throughout the year.
Ring a Bell
In most locations, the easiest way to help from early November through Christmas Eve is to ring a bell at one of our iconic red kettles. Volunteers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises the funds that sustain the help we give all year long.
Volunteer as a Group
Volunteering is a great team-building activity for your business or social club. Bring everyone together in making a difference while becoming closer. Email Christopher Crawford at email@example.com
Why Volunteer with The Salvation Army?
- To make a difference. Your efforts will provide a true difference in the quality of life of those in need.
- To gain practical experience. If you seek a career in business, art, technology or science, the people skills and experiences you will gain as a volunteer will help you to excel.
- To improve your resume. If you are a student, gaining volunteer experience can make a great difference when you are applying to college or for scholarships.
- To network. There are social and professional benefits from getting to know other good, caring people. Professionally, you never know who knows who, and your chance acquaintances made through performing volunteer work may reward you in the future. Numerous studies also suggest that networking and forming positive social affiliations will positively influence your mental health and moods.
- To grow as a person. Whether you are seeking to develop your spirituality or to improve your character, working with those less fortunate is often a transformative experience that will help you find greater compassion and appreciation in your life. Volunteering is an excellent means of character exploration and development for men, women, and youth of all ages.
- To feel good. Volunteering improves self-esteem, reduces blood pressure, enhances the immune system, and decreases stress. Volunteers were also found to have lower premature death rates, less heart disease, and fewer health issues overall according to a study conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Health in Canada. It seems one of the best ways to improve the health of your heart is to use it in the caring service of others!
As a volunteer of The Salvation Army, you will be of priceless value to your community.
Volunteers don't necessarily have the time, they simply have the heart.
"Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation's compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another."
— Erma Bombeck