EDS - Emergency Services Assistant

Activity Summary:


Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is one of The Salvation Army's largest facilities, where volunteers and staff prepare for small and large-scale emergencies, both locally and nationally. EDS is present in serving firefighters, victims of local neighborhood fires, and assisting first responders of national disasters like Hurricane Katrina and COVID-19. Our emergency relief efforts are there to support communities in need during times of significant hardship.

As an Emergency Services Assistant, you will:

  • Prepare and load emergency vehicles
  • Assist with distribution of food and other supplies as needed
  • Maintain contact with emergency responders (police and firemen)
  • Provide on-site assistance to those in need during emergencies

This position requires willingness to work on call.


  • 18 years or older
  • Handles stressful situations with a poised demeanor
  • Confident and able to lead
  • Ability to relate to and work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Reliable, professional, and hard working
  • Pass initial screening process, including a background check


Alcohol, drugs, and smoking are not permitted at any Salvation Army facilities or volunteer sites.

Pants/shorts and a shirt with sleeves must cover the waist and fit comfortably. Transparent and tight-fitting clothes are not permitted. For your safety, closed toe shoes are required.

For your safety and the safety of others, you need to bring and wear a personal face covering over your nose and mouth while volunteering. You will also complete a brief health screening prior to volunteering.

Off-street parking is available.

If this volunteer opportunity seems like a match for your experience, skills, and interests, please click + Sign Up below, or the Fill in an Application button.

For additional questions, please contact Jeff Pal, Volunteers and Community Relations Manager at 815-455-2769 ext. 16 or jeffrey.pal@usc.salvationarmy.org 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with The Salvation Army!

Qualifications Required

  • Background Check