The Salvation Army - Heartland Division

Welcome to the Heartland Divisional Headquarters located in Peoria, IL. We offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities including work with children, meal service, maintenance, and even administrative work just to name a few. Our campus here in Peoria is located on a city block between Jefferson and Adams and has multiple buildings each offering the public various programs - each program is in need of volunteer help! Without volunteers, we would not be able to do the work that we do. 

The first step in becoming a volunteer is to complete a Volunteer Application. This application can be completed by clicking the button to the right. Once we receive a completed application, you will receive an email confirmation with next steps. If you are unable to complete the online version, you can pick up a paper copy from our main administrative offices located at 401 NE Adams St., Peoria, IL.

If you will be doing community service hours with us, please complete a Volunteer Application. You will then meet with our Volunteer Services Manager to go over all of your paperwork and get your assigned schedule for hours. Please have your community service paperwork faxed or emailed to us as soon as possible so that we can track your hours and submit them to your agency upon completion. 

Feel free to browse our various volunteer opportunities listed below. 

Thank you for volunteering with the Peoria Salvation Army! Your helping hands make a BIG difference in our community!

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1 Christmas Activities

The Christmas season is our busiest time of year. We have several events needing the help of many volunteers. 

If you are interested in Bell Ringing within the Peoria area, contact the Peoria Citadel at 309-686-8886 or visit to see your options. 

If you would like to schedule a group for one our Christmas activities listed on this page, please call the Volunteer Manager directly at 309-655-7220 to discuss your options. 

Activity Shifts Start End
A Civic Center Christmas 1 12/14/2018 12/14/2018
Christmas Sign Up Intake and Coat Distribution - Peoria Citadel 22 11/26/2018 11/30/2018
Coat Distribution Set Up - Peoria Citadel 1 11/20/2018 11/20/2018
Red Stocking Children's Party - Civic Center 1 12/11/2018 12/11/2018

2 Thanksgiving Meal

Annually The Salvation Army hosts a Thanksgiving Luncheon from 11:30am-1pm on Thanksgiving Day. This meal is served to nearly 200 homeless and less fortunate individuals of our community. Volunteers are needed in various roles including meal preparation, room decoration, and meal service. 

The meal is served from our Sylvia Fites Family Service Center located at 414 NE Jefferson in downtown Peoria. Volunteer spaces are limited and given on a "first come first served" basis. All roles require the volunteer to have the ability of standing, walking, bending, etc. without any assistance for multiple hours at a time. 

If you would like to schedule a group for this event, please call the Volunteer Manager directly at 309-655-7220 to discuss your options. 

Activity Shifts Start End
Kitchen Assistant 0 11/22/2018 11/22/2018
Meal Server 0 11/22/2018 11/22/2018
Room Set Up 0 11/22/2018 11/22/2018

Feeding Programs

The Peoria Salvation Army offers a daily feeding program Monday - Friday. Our lunch program is called Lunch with Love and offers a hot meal to the public out of the Sylvia Fites Family Services building located at 414 NE Jefferson, Peoria. We typically serve 60-100 people each day.

We are in need of volunteers who are willing to work in a commercial grade kitchen to help prepare and/or serve our meals. We offer various roles including helping our Chef prepare the meal as well as serving the prepared meal to our public population. 

Activity Shifts Start End
Soup Kitchen Server - Lunch With Love 14 11/14/2018 12/31/2018