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There are many ways to volunteer for The Salvation Army in Columbia.

Click which type of volunteer you want to be:

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Emergency Disaster Services Opportunities

 

Volunteers play a crucial role in disaster response efforts by offering basic needs to those who may have lost everything. The first step in becoming a disaster worker with The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services program is to create an online profile and complete a simple application. You will have the option to choose if you would like to be an EDS Volunteer for Local, National, and/or International emergencies or disasters. After you have completed the online application, your information will be shared with your local Salvation Army. Visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and select volunteer. 

 

Individual or One Time Opportunities

These opportunities are perfect for individuals who want a quick and easy way to make a difference immediately. A one time quick opportunity is one day, for a few hours (this does not include community service). There’s no need to speak to a staff member to select and confirm your shift (Though, you are always welcome to call 573-442-3229 with questions.)

See the opportunities below. 

The majority of these volunteer opportunities happen during the week, though there are evening shifts available to fit any schedule. 

For the Holidays

Bell Ringing in Columbia


This is fun to do with a friend and in a group too! Spread Christmas cheer while helping us raise money that will fund our programs all year long. Hundreds of shifts are available beginning Saturday, Nov. 10 through Christmas Eve. It only takes one bell ringing shift (two hours) to raise enough money for The Salvation Army to provide two nights of shelter and four warm meals for an individual or familiy who enters our doors. Our kettles are most effective at raising these essential funds when a volunteer is by its side. Visit the bell ringing page to learn more or sign up online.




Toy Shop


Help set up the toy shop for Christmas, allowing Staff and parents of those receiving Christmas assistance to ensure their children get toys they hope for for Christmas.




Christmas Distribution


This is a great way to offer Christmas cheer! Help distribute gifts to families who are receiving Christmas assistance. Ensuring all gifts are accounted for and going to the appropriate families. Helping take to their vehicles. Helping to deliver to those who are unable to pick up their items at the specified date and time.




Organize an Angel Tree at Your Organization


Want a large or small angel tree delivered with angel tags so your business can participate in bringing Christmas gifts to children in need. We can arrange that. Please call our office at 573-442-3229 and ask to speak with Major Nancy Holloway, or Lori Benson. Let us know how many employees you have so we can gage if you will need a large or small tree. We'll set it up for you. Employees can come and take a childs name and bring purchased gifts back to work and place by or under the tree. We will pick up all gifts for our big distribution day. We have several organizations/businesses that do this and we hope you'll participate this year too.




Serve Thanksgiving Dinner


Help prepare and serve Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day at our shelter to residents, individuals and families in our community. Dinner is served over the lunch hour. To help prepare and/or serve please call Lori Benson at 573-442-3229 or email Lori_Benson@usc.salvationarmy.org.





Programs and Basic Needs

Store Volunteer


We are always looking for volunteers to help sort donations, stock shelves, price items and other activites at one of our two thrift stores located at 23 E Walnut or 1304 Parkade Blvd. (You must be 18 years or older to volunteer at the 23 E Walnut location.) Thrift store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday. To sign up to volunteer please visit: http://bttr.im/b0p84 After hours volunteer times are for groups only.




Food Pantry


Help unpack and shelve items received from the Food Bank. Work with the Case Manager for the Food Pantry to prepare carts for individuals and families coming through The Salvation Army Pantry. Food pantry volunteer hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at 1108 West Ash Street in Columbia. To sign up to volunteer please visit: http://bttr.im/kncb7




Serving Meals at Harbor House


Join us in cooking, preparing, and serving a meal to those in need. Located at 602 North Ann Street in Columbia. Community Lunch: Meal preperation begins at 10:30 a.m. Lunch is served to both residents of Harbor House Emergency Shelter and the community at 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday Saturday. Evening Meal: Meal preperatino begins at 3:30 p.m. Supper is served to residents of Harbor House only at 5:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday - Saturday. To volunteer please visit: http://bttr.im/7sp1r Volunteers who plan to serve on a regular basis at Harbor House will need to sign a confidintiality agreement. Must be 18 years or older to help prepare and serve lunch in our shelter kitchen.




Telephone/Light Clerical at Harbor House


Help our staff by answering the phone, greeting guests or residents as they come into the buidling, filing and other light clerical work Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at 602 North Ann Street in Columbia. To sign up to volunteer please visit: http://bttr.im/u7zae *Volunteers who plan to serve on a regular basis at Harbor House will need to sign a confidintiality agreement.




Teach a Life Skills Class at Harbor House


Volunteers in professional fields can lead a life skill class for Harbor House residents in the areas of budget, finance, nutrition, job readiness and opportunities, health/hygiene, parenting and other information to help with overall success upon transition out of Harbor House. There are a multiplicity of options in this capacity. Days and times are agreed upon by volunteer and staff. Located at 602 North Ann Street in Columbia. To volunteer for this specific opportunity please visit: http://bttr.im/pb1lb and call Lori Benson at 573-442-3229, ext. 222




Grounds or Housekeeping at Harbor House


Picking up litter around the property, organizing play room, lounges, or storage areas at Harbor House. Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at 602 North Ann Street in Columbia. To volunteer please visit: http://bttr.im/nadd3 *Volunteers who plan to serve on a regular basis at Harbor House will need to sign a confidintiality agreement.




Hosting Special Events at Harbor House


This is a rewarding volunteer experience where one can host special events for shelter residents such as a monthly birthday party for residents who have a birthday in the month. Other events could include special holidays such as Valentines, Mothers/Fathers Day, Halloween, Christmas, New Years', et cetera. Located at 602 North Ann Street in Columbia. To sign up to volunteer please visit: http://bttr.im/36el2 *Volunteers who plan to serve on a regular basis at Harbor House will need to sign a confidintiality agreement.




Multiple Purpose Corps Volunteer #1


This type of volunteer could be working with children or at risk adults at a youth activity, Vacation Bible School, Family Fun Fest events, or any other number of activities. Activities happen certain times of the year and are not on a weekly or daily basis. Please contact Lori Benson to find out when the next opportunities will be available for this specific volunteer opportunity. Located at 1108 West Ash Street in Columbia. To sign up to volunteer please visit: http://bttr.im/p79w8




Multiple Purpose Corps Volunteer #2


This volunteer opportunity encompasses a wide range possibilities. Volunteers who can help with our Almost Home Program by unboxing, sorting, and shelving house good items. Ride along with our maintenance employee to pick up items for our Almost Home Program. Volunteers can also help with maintenance, janitorial, or electrical (must be certified electrician) work. Located at 1108 West Ash Street in Columbia. To sign up to volunteer please visit: http://bttr.im/v4uca




Driver - Pickup Food for Shelter


In this position, volunteer(s) will pick up food from four different restaurants/stores in Columbia twice a week. Volunteer(s) will be able to utilize the shelter van for all pick-ups. The volunteer(s) must have a legal license to drive, with a good driving record, and will be required to do a background check. Located at 602 North Ann Street in Columbia. To sign up to volunteer please visit: http://bttr.im/g9r0m





 

Individual Ongoing Opportunities

These opportunities are designed for people who want to get involved on a regular basis. You’ll get to know us and the people in our programs, and we’ll know you on a first name basis. We have the most opportunities to offer to this group.

 

The first step to scheduling a your volunteer opportunity (except for bell ringing) is to:

  • Check out the opportunities directly below and make sure to note volunteer times and any requirements in each description.

  • Once you've found the volunteer opportunity you're interested in click the link and sign up.

  • All volunteers wanting to participate in ongoing volunteer work must complete a background check (bell ringing does not require a background check. To be a bell ringer visit www.registertoring.com).

  • The link for the background check will be in the red box on the third page after creating your volunteer account.

  • Signing up takes approx 10 minutes. We usually get all clears from background checks within 48 hours. Lori Benson, Director of Community Relations and Volunteers will email you your approval letter. For questions call or email Lori at 573.442.3229 ext. 222 or Lori.Benson@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Programs and Basic Needs

Store Volunteer


We are always looking for volunteers to help sort donations, stock shelves, price items and other activites at one of our two thrift stores located at 23 E Walnut or 1304 Parkade Blvd. (You must be 18 years or older to volunteer at the 23 E Walnut location.) Thrift store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday. To sign up to volunteer please visit: http://bttr.im/b0p84 After hours volunteer times are for groups only.




Food Pantry


Help unpack and shelve items received from the Food Bank. Work with the Case Manager for the Food Pantry to prepare carts for individuals and families coming through The Salvation Army Pantry. Food pantry volunteer hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at 1108 West Ash Street in Columbia. To sign up to volunteer please visit: http://bttr.im/kncb7




Serving Meals at Harbor House


Join us in cooking, preparing, and serving a meal to those in need. Located at 602 North Ann Street in Columbia. Community Lunch: Meal preperation begins at 10:30 a.m. Lunch is served to both residents of Harbor House Emergency Shelter and the community at 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday Saturday. Evening Meal: Meal preperatino begins at 3:30 p.m. Supper is served to residents of Harbor House only at 5:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday - Saturday. To volunteer please visit: http://bttr.im/7sp1r Volunteers who plan to serve on a regular basis at Harbor House will need to sign a confidintiality agreement. Must be 18 years or older to help prepare and serve lunch in our shelter kitchen.




Telephone/Light Clerical at Harbor House


Help our staff by answering the phone, greeting guests or residents as they come into the buidling, filing and other light clerical work Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at 602 North Ann Street in Columbia. To sign up to volunteer please visit: http://bttr.im/u7zae *Volunteers who plan to serve on a regular basis at Harbor House will need to sign a confidintiality agreement.




Teach a Life Skills Class at Harbor House


Volunteers in professional fields can lead a life skill class for Harbor House residents in the areas of budget, finance, nutrition, job readiness and opportunities, health/hygiene, parenting and other information to help with overall success upon transition out of Harbor House. There are a multiplicity of options in this capacity. Days and times are agreed upon by volunteer and staff. Located at 602 North Ann Street in Columbia. To volunteer for this specific opportunity please visit: http://bttr.im/pb1lb and call Lori Benson at 573-442-3229, ext. 222




Grounds or Housekeeping at Harbor House


Picking up litter around the property, organizing play room, lounges, or storage areas at Harbor House. Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at 602 North Ann Street in Columbia. To volunteer please visit: http://bttr.im/nadd3 *Volunteers who plan to serve on a regular basis at Harbor House will need to sign a confidintiality agreement.




Hosting Special Events at Harbor House


This is a rewarding volunteer experience where one can host special events for shelter residents such as a monthly birthday party for residents who have a birthday in the month. Other events could include special holidays such as Valentines, Mothers/Fathers Day, Halloween, Christmas, New Years', et cetera. Located at 602 North Ann Street in Columbia. To sign up to volunteer please visit: http://bttr.im/36el2 *Volunteers who plan to serve on a regular basis at Harbor House will need to sign a confidintiality agreement.




Multiple Purpose Corps Volunteer #1


This type of volunteer could be working with children or at risk adults at a youth activity, Vacation Bible School, Family Fun Fest events, or any other number of activities. Activities happen certain times of the year and are not on a weekly or daily basis. Please contact Lori Benson to find out when the next opportunities will be available for this specific volunteer opportunity. Located at 1108 West Ash Street in Columbia. To sign up to volunteer please visit: http://bttr.im/p79w8




Multiple Purpose Corps Volunteer #2


This volunteer opportunity encompasses a wide range possibilities. Volunteers who can help with our Almost Home Program by unboxing, sorting, and shelving house good items. Ride along with our maintenance employee to pick up items for our Almost Home Program. Volunteers can also help with maintenance, janitorial, or electrical (must be certified electrician) work. Located at 1108 West Ash Street in Columbia. To sign up to volunteer please visit: http://bttr.im/v4uca




Driver - Pickup Food for Shelter


In this position, volunteer(s) will pick up food from four different restaurants/stores in Columbia twice a week. Volunteer(s) will be able to utilize the shelter van for all pick-ups. The volunteer(s) must have a legal license to drive, with a good driving record, and will be required to do a background check. Located at 602 North Ann Street in Columbia. To sign up to volunteer please visit: http://bttr.im/g9r0m





 

Group Opportunities

Whether you are organizing a group from your business, church, or civic organization, we have opportunities year-round that can easily accommodate your desire to Do the Most Good together. Maximum group numbers vary by opportunity.

Group opportunities are a great way for individuals who are new to volunteering to get their feet wet. Groups of experienced volunteers may enjoy getting creative with our team to lend their skills in a new way. Either way, group opportunities can be a great way to have a big impact in a short burst of time.

  • The first step to scheduling a group opportunity (except for bell ringing) is to:

  • Check out the opportunities directly below and make sure to note volunteer times and group sizes in each description.

  • Once you've found the volunteer opportunity click the link and sign up.

  • Please make sure to list a contact person. For questions call or email our Director of Community Relations and Volunteers, Lori Benson at 573.442.3229 ext. 222 or Lori.Benson@usc.salvationarmy.org.

  • For special projects such as painting, landscaping, etc., please contact Lori. 

Programs and Basic Needs

Store Group Volunteers


Not only do we love volutneers at our Thrfit Stores, but we love groups too. Groups are able to help sort donations, stock shelves, price items and other activites at one of our two thrift stores located at 23 E Walnut or 1304 Parkade Blvd. (You must be 18 years or older to volunteer at the 23 E Walnut location.) Thrift store hours for groups are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday. We do have after hours options for groups only. Monday & Tuesday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Walnut location. (No less than 3 volunteers and up to 10). Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Parkade location (No less than 3 and up to 5) To sign up to volunteer please visit and indicate it is a group: http://bttr.im/b0p84




Serving Meals at Harbor House


Join us in cooking, preparing, and serving a meal to those in need. Community Lunch: Meal preperation begins at 10:30 a.m. Lunch is served to both residents of Harbor House Emergency Shelter and the community at 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday - Saturday. Evening Meal: Meal preperation begins at 3:30 p.m. Supper is served to residents of Harbor House only at 5:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday - Saturday. To volunteer please visit: http://bttr.im/7sp1r Volunteers who plan to serve on a regular basis at Harbor House will need to sign a confidintiality agreement. Must be 18 years or older to help prepare and serve lunch in our shelter kitchen. Recommended group size: Up to 5 people




Grounds or Housekeeping at Harbor House


Picking up litter around the property, organizing play room, lounges, or storage areas at Harbor House. Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m




Hosting Special Events at Harbor House


This is a rewarding volunteer experience where one can host special events for shelter residents such as a monthly birthday party for residents who have a birthday in the month. Other events could include special holidays such as Valentines, Halloween, Christmas, New Years', et cetera




Almost Home at Corps Location


Sort, unbox, shelf and organize new household items for residents departing Harbor House, or any individual or family coming out of homelessness from another agency or program.





 

Community Service

The Savlation Army does allow those seeking community service to serve at either the Walnut or Parkade Thrift stores.

 

The first step to signing up for community service is to:

  • Read the description and click the link to sign up.

  • All community service volunteers must complete a background check (bell ringing does not require a background check. To be a bell ringer visit www.registertoring.com).

  • The link for the background check will be in the red box on the third page after creating your volunteer account. (If you are 17 years old or younger open a volunteer account, but you will not need to complete a background check. Contact Lori Benson by phone or email below) 

  • Signing up takes approx 10 minutes. We usually get all clears from background checks within 48 hours. Lori Benson, Director of Community Relations and Volunteers will email you your approval letter. For questions call or email Lori at 573.442.3229 ext. 222 or Lori.Benson@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Community Service Volunteer Opportunity

Store Group Volunteers


Not only do we love volutneers at our Thrfit Stores, but we love groups too. Groups are able to help sort donations, stock shelves, price items and other activites at one of our two thrift stores located at 23 E Walnut or 1304 Parkade Blvd. (You must be 18 years or older to volunteer at the 23 E Walnut location.) Thrift store hours for groups are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday. We do have after hours options for groups only. Monday & Tuesday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Walnut location. (No less than 3 volunteers and up to 10). Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Parkade location (No less than 3 and up to 5) To sign up to volunteer please visit and indicate it is a group: http://bttr.im/b0p84




Serving Meals at Harbor House


Join us in cooking, preparing, and serving a meal to those in need. Community Lunch: Meal preperation begins at 10:30 a.m. Lunch is served to both residents of Harbor House Emergency Shelter and the community at 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday - Saturday. Evening Meal: Meal preperation begins at 3:30 p.m. Supper is served to residents of Harbor House only at 5:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday - Saturday. To volunteer please visit: http://bttr.im/7sp1r Volunteers who plan to serve on a regular basis at Harbor House will need to sign a confidintiality agreement. Must be 18 years or older to help prepare and serve lunch in our shelter kitchen. Recommended group size: Up to 5 people




Grounds or Housekeeping at Harbor House


Picking up litter around the property, organizing play room, lounges, or storage areas at Harbor House. Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m




Hosting Special Events at Harbor House


This is a rewarding volunteer experience where one can host special events for shelter residents such as a monthly birthday party for residents who have a birthday in the month. Other events could include special holidays such as Valentines, Halloween, Christmas, New Years', et cetera




Almost Home at Corps Location


Sort, unbox, shelf and organize new household items for residents departing Harbor House, or any individual or family coming out of homelessness from another agency or program.





Watch this video for step by step instructions on how to sign up to be a volunteer or community service. This video is not for those signing up to bell ring. To ring the bells this Christmas season please click Bell Ringing option above. Thank you.