Volunteer with The Salvation Army

FAQs

Volunteer FAQ's

Why should I consider volunteering with The Salvation Army?
Volunteering with The Salvation Army means you can make a positive impact on your community!

The work you do will benefit others in need but can also create a meaningful experience for you as well. It’s a great way to:

  • meet new people;
  • make friends;
  • feel accomplished by sharing your skills with others;
  • enjoy new opportunities;
  • enhance your resume;
  • and build your work experience.

Most of all you’ll be making a difference by giving hope to others in need!

Who can volunteer?
Many locations offer opportunities to volunteers ages 16 and up. However, some have different minimum age requirements. Certain locations are able to accommodate family activities or younger volunteers if accompanied by an adult.

How do I become a volunteer?
Filling out the form above is the first step in the application process. A staff member will contact you with further instructions on how to connect with your local unit. An interview and training usually follows, with some roles requiring further screening such as a criminal record or vulnerable sector check.

What will I be doing?
Volunteer opportunities are varied and there are many ways to be involved! Some of the ways you can help include:

– Office administration
– Packing food hampers
– Stocking shelves, sorting toys
– Sorting clothes and pricing items at a Thrift Store
– Ringing bells beside our iconic Christmas Kettle
– Visiting seniors
– Recreation programming
– Gardening and landscaping
– Emergency disaster relief

Are there opportunities for corporate or community groups?
Definitely! Some groups donate items or contribute financially, while others offer to distribute materials to those in need such as backpacks or winter coats. During the Christmas season groups can sort food and toys, sponsor a Christmas Kettle or sign up for shifts.

Please indicate on your request form that you are seeking a Group opportunity. A few weeks’ notice at minimum would be appreciated to allow our staff some time to arrange an appropriate placement for your group.

What’s the time commitment?
The length of time varies depending on the position. There are one-time, seasonal and ongoing volunteer roles. On your request form please indicate the level of commitment you are seeking and we will make every effort to find a suitable arrangement.

Are there opportunities to complete my high school community hours?
Yes there are! If you are a student and need to fulfill community hours, please specify this on your application and we will do our best to find an appropriate opportunity for you.