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VOLUNTEERS DON'T NECESSARILY HAVE THE TIME, THEY SIMPLY HAVE THE HEART. 

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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. 

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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.