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Thank you so much for your interest in humbly volunteering with The Salvation Army in doing THE MOST GOOD throughout our Harrisburg community!

 

How to Become a Salvation Army Volunteer:

 

Step 1: Complete Volunteer Application

Step 2: Complete New Volunteer Packet

Step 3: Sign up for your first shift!

Step 4: Complete your clearances within 30-days of your first shift and send to sarah.vielot@use.salvationarmy.org

 

*If you are interested in Community Service Volunteering, email your letter of interest to sarah.vielot@use.salvationarmy.org 

 

Salvation Army Volunteering Opportunities


CHOICE FOOD PANTRY

DESCRIPTION:  Our Choice Food Pantry allows clients to shop for and choose their own food from our food pantry, including shelf-stable foods and fresher products like produce, milk, eggs, and frozen meats. 

TASKS: Assisting clients with checking in and walking them through the pantry to select their foods of choice, as well as stocking and cleaning the food stations.

DAYS AND TIMES: We operate the Choice Food Pantry every day except for Sundays at a variety of times.

AGE REQUIREMENTS: Ages 18 and older

GROUP OPPORTUNITIES: Only on monthly Drive-Through Pantry Days, contact sarah.vielot@use.salvationarmy.org if you are interested!

 

WAREHOUSE

DESCRIPTION: Our behind-the-scenes Warehouse is what makes our Choice Food Pantry possible. We gratefully receive perishable and nonperishable foods from a variety of grocery stores. Our warehouse volunteers sort through and stock the food pantry with this food.

TASKS: Assisting with the receiving, unboxing, sorting, and organizing of donated foods, and delivering to the Choice Food Pantry. *Must be able to be on your feet for 3-hours and lift up to 20 lbs*.

DAYS AND TIMES: We operate the Warehouse every morning and afternoon, Monday-Friday.

AGE REQUIREMENTS: Ages 14 and older, if 14-16 must be accompanied by an adult.

GROUP OPPORTUNITIES: None at this time.

 

FAMILY TABLE TEACHING KITCHEN

DESCRIPTIONThe Family Table is our teaching kitchen that offers free nutrition and cooking classes to kids, adults, and seniors where we teach participants how to prepare affordable, simple, and healthy meals for themselves and their families.

TASKS: Assisting the nutrition instructor with greeting participants, distributing, and prepping class materials, and assisting with the chopping, measuring, sauteing, and overall meal preparation alongside the participants. As well as post-class clean-up such as washing dishes and wiping down counter tops.

DAYS AND TIMES: We operate The Cooking Class series in The Family Table - Teaching Kitchen that are 6-week classes in either afternoons or evenings.

AGE REQUIREMENTS: Ages 18 and older.

GROUP OPPORTUNITIES: None at this time.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Must have kitchen and cooking comfortability and familiarity.

 

FACILITY GARDENS AND LANDSCAPING

DESCRIPTION: Our facility gardens and landscaping are our way of creating a welcoming and peaceful environment for our clients and community and includes vegetable gardens and a wide array of flora.

TASKS: Digging, mulching, planting, harvesting, watering, trimming, and other landscaping activities to maintain the produce production and flora beautification.

DAYS AND TIMES: We do not have regularly scheduled garden or landscaping days, however, if you have a group that would like to volunteer here, you may email your interest to sarah.vielot@use.salvationarmy.org.

AGE REQUIREMENTS: Ages 14 and older.

GROUP OPPORTUNITIES: Yes! Just coordinate dates, times, and number of volunteers with sarah.vielot@use.salvationarmy.org.

 

SEASONAL PROGRAMS

DESCRIPTION: During the Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other holiday seasons we host an array of activities to serve and bless our community, from kettle bell ringing to gift packaging and distribution.

TASKS: May include assisting clients with signing up for Holiday programs, packaging and distributing gifts, meal packaging and distribution, ringing kettle bells, calling clients to assist with Holiday program paperwork, and other program activities.  

DAYS AND TIMES: Each September, we release Holiday schedules and sign-up sheets for specific programs, you may also contact sarah.vielot@use.salvationarmy.org for more information!

DRESS: Closed toe shoes are necessary. Please wear breathable, appropriate, and comfortable clothing. 

AGE REQUIREMENTS: Ages 14 and older.

GROUP OPPORTUNITIES: Yes! Just coordinate dates, times, and number of volunteers with sarah.vielot@use.salvationarmy.org.

 

YOUTH AND FAMILY EDUCATION

DESCRIPTION: Our Youth and Family Education department is dedicated to supporting and empowering families and young people in educational enrichment activities for after-school programs, as well as summer programs.

TASKS: Assisting teachers with classroom oversight and student enrichment activities such as tutoring, homework assistance, and other learning objectives.     

DAYS AND TIMES:  We do not have regularly scheduled Youth and Family Education volunteering opportunities, however, if you are interested, you may email your interest to sarah.vielot@use.salvationarmy.org.

DRESS: Closed toe shoes are necessary. Please wear breathable, appropriate, and comfortable clothing. 

AGE REQUIREMENTS: Any age!

GROUP OPPORTUNITIES: None at this time.

 

SPICE PACKAGING

DESCRIPTIONThe Spice Gang is our program dedicated to packing our bulk spices into individual packets for distribution in our Choice Food Pantry and is accessibility friendly.

TASKS: Transferring bulk spices to individuals’ bags and labeling them for the Choice Food Pantry.

DAYS AND TIMES:  If you are interested, you may email your interest to sarah.vielot@use.salvationarmy.org.

AGE REQUIREMENTS: Ages 10 and older.

GROUP OPPORTUNITIES: Yes! Just coordinate dates, times, and number of volunteers with sarah.vielot@use.salvationarmy.org.

 

BUSINESS TAKEOVER DAY

DESCRIPTION: The Salvation Army has three primary departments that have daily needs and activities. This Business Takeover Day is a time where utilize the help from a larger group and disperse volunteers throughout each of our departments, which includes about two people in the Choice Food Pantry, two people in the Warehouse, 2-5 people in administrative activities, and the remainder in the garden.

TASKS:

  • Choice Food Pantry: Assisting clients with checking in and walking them through the pantry to select their foods of choice, as well as stocking and cleaning the food stations.
  • Warehouse: Assisting with the receiving, unboxing, sorting, and organizing of donated foods, and delivering to the Choice Food Pantry.
  • Administrative: Folding volunteer shirts, labeling, writing notes, filing data, stamping and filling envelopes, etc.
  • Garden: Digging, mulching, planting, harvesting, watering, trimming, and other landscaping activities to maintain the produce production and flora beautification.

DAYS AND TIMES:  If you are interested, you may email your interest to sarah.vielot@use.salvationarmy.org.

AGE REQUIREMENTS: Ages 14 and older.

GROUP OPPORTUNITIES: Yes! Just coordinate dates, times, and number of volunteers with sarah.vielot@use.salvationarmy.org.

 

COMING FALL 2024:
FAMILIES GONE M.A.D. (MAKE A DIFFERENCE)

DESCRIPTIONFamilies Gone M.A.D. is our group program dedicated to teaching children about the importance of giving back and then participating in a volunteer activity together.

TASKS: Transferring bulk spices to individuals’ bags and labeling them for the Choice Food Pantry, packaging hygiene kits, creating cards and other materials that are helpful and counseling for our clients, and more! 

DAYS AND TIMES:  We will be scheduling these events to take place quarterly in the evenings, beginning in Fall 2024. Email sarah.vielot@use.salvationarmy.org to stay up to date and learn more!

AGE REQUIREMENTS: Ages 6-15 with their parents.

GROUP OPPORTUNITIES: The group programs will only be group adaptable and will have space for up to seven families with 1-6 children.