The Salvation Army - Central Indiana Area Command

Hello, and thank you for your interest in volunteering with The Salvation Army!
The Salvation Army is committed to the safety of all of our volunteers, staff, and participants throughout the state of Indiana including right here in Central Indiana.  Your health and safety are very important to us, and we continue taking precautions to keep our volunteers safe when they are on site at our facilities.
Please reach out to Kathy Dalla Costa at to discuss potential volunteer opportunities at any of our local corps/community centers as well as upcoming events/project. We welcome individuals and groups to come volunteer alongside us, and we look forward to working with you!
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Angel Tree Toy Shop

Every Christmas there are children lacking life’s vital needs because their families are struggling financially and cannot afford the expense. Angel Tree Toy Shop is a unique holiday assistance program that connects a generous individual or group with a deserving child (or “Angel”) in need.

As you can imagine, it takes hundreds of volunteer hours to make Angel Tree Toy Shop happen each year.  Please consider joining us in one or more of the following roles: organize a toy drive, accept gifts being dropped off at one of three locations, help families complete their applications for assistance, inventory and organize gifts during sorting days, and help families select gifts when they come to shop on distribution day. 

We welcome both individual volunteers and groups of volunteers to help us ensure a successful Angel Tree Toy Shop program.  Please contact Kathy with questions or for more information at 

Activity Shifts Start End
Angel Tree Toy Shop Distribution 2023 - Eagle Creek 4 12/14/2023 12/18/2023
Angel Tree Toy Shop Distribution 2023 - Fountain Square 6 12/14/2023 12/19/2023
Angel Tree Toy Shop Gift Donation Drop Off 2023 - Salvation Army Castleton 8 12/1/2023 12/5/2023
Angel Tree Toy Shop Set Up and Tear Down 2023 - Eagle Creek 7 12/11/2023 12/19/2023
Angel Tree Toy Shop Set Up and Tear Down 2023 - Fountain Square 7 12/11/2023 12/20/2023
Angel Tree Toy Shop Sorting/Inventory 2023 10 12/1/2023 12/11/2023

Bell Ringing

Volunteers play a huge part in ringing the kettles at area businesses throughout the Indianapolis community!  Please visit for details and you may create an account and then sign up at a store on a date/time convenient for you.  Feel free to bell ring with your friends, family, coworkers, etc., and all money raised will stay in the community to help individuals and families. 

We are continuing with the virtual kettle program where we invite you to take up an online kettle and share the information with your friends and networks to collect donations this Christmas. You can adopt a virtual kettle with your work team, church group, or social club!

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Bell Ringing for 2023 1

Coats for Kids

Annually, The Salvation Army and its partners Classic Cleaners and WTHR News 13 partner with the community and volunteers like you to give coats and winter accessories to thousands of children in need. Help us do it again this year by signing up for a shift below!  Please reach out to Kathy with questions about volunteering (especially for groups) at 

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Coats for Kids - children's scarves 1

Special Events

We host various special events throughout the year where we need both individuals and groups of volunteers.  Our current list of events includes moving furniture at our Harbor Light Center, building new furniture at our Women and Children's Center, and accepting items (baby/youth/teen) to include in blessing bags which are provided to families and residents at our Harbor Light and Women and Children's Center. Please contact Kathy with question or for more information at

Activity Shifts Start End
Blessing Bags - quilts, blankets and more 1 12/1/2023 12/1/2023
Food Packing and Distribution 2 12/12/2023 12/21/2023

WIBC Radiothon

Activity Shifts Start End
Radiothon bell ringers 2023 9 12/8/2023 12/9/2023
Radiothon Phone Bank 2023 4 12/8/2023 12/9/2023

Mission Statement

International - The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Vision Statement
The Salvation Army, Indiana Division, is a recognized leader in serving the work of God through innovative statewide ministry and community programs dedicated to strengthening the body, mind and spirit of those in greatest need.

Diversity Statement
The Salvation Army affirms its full support, on all levels, to the Biblical imperative of human and civil rights, and seeks to promote intergroup understanding by practicing equal opportunity in all operations, delivery of services, community engagement, employment and decision-making, and by encouraging the inclusion of diverse members of our society.