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. If you have any questions, or aren't seeing a particular role of interest to you, please feel free to call our Needs Coordinator & Manager of Volunteer Services, Lindsey Reck, at 309-655-1306. She can also be reached by email at lindsey_reck@usc.salvationarmy.org.

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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 www.ringbells.org 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 2 12/15/2017 12/15/2017
Adopt a Family Setup and Sorting - Downtown Office 3 12/14/2017 12/15/2017
Adopt a Family Toy Distribution - Downtown Office 3 12/18/2017 12/18/2017
Christmas Sign Up Intake and Coat Distribution - Peoria Citadel 14 12/4/2017 12/8/2017
Coat Collection - Peoria Rivermen hockey game 1 12/23/2017 12/23/2017
Food Basket Disassemble 2 12/20/2017 12/21/2017
Food Basket Distribution - Peoria Citadel 5 12/18/2017 12/18/2017
Red Stocking Children's Party - Civic Center 1 12/12/2017 12/12/2017
Toy Shop Distribution - Peoria Citadel 12 12/19/2017 12/21/2017
Toy Shop Sorting and Set Up - Peoria Citadel 6 12/13/2017 12/14/2017

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
Decorating Assistant 0 11/23/2017 11/23/2017
Dessert Server 0 11/23/2017 11/23/2017
Dishwasher 0 11/23/2017 11/23/2017
Farewell Monitors 0 11/23/2017 11/23/2017
Kitchen Assistant 0 11/23/2017 11/23/2017
Meal Runner 0 11/23/2017 11/23/2017
Meal Server 0 11/23/2017 11/23/2017
Refreshment Server 0 11/23/2017 11/23/2017
Room Set Up 0 11/23/2017 11/23/2017

Administrative / Office Work

Peoria is home to the Heartland Divisional Headquarters. This office, located at 401 NE Adams, is where our Divisional Commanders and support staff are located. We assist 24 Corps locations throughout the Division. 

Activity Shifts Start End
Front Desk 26 11/21/2017 12/29/2017

Child Care Center

Our Peoria Salvation Army Child Care Center located at 210 Spalding Ave. in Peoria has been operating since 1932. The Center is open to the public for kids ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. The center is nationally accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and we have earned a Gold Circle of Quality with the Illinois Quality Rating Program, ExceleRate Illinois.

We are in need of volunteers to assist the teachers with classroom organization, story time before naps, and nap time watching while the teachers have staff meetings with the director. Occasionally, we need assistance with administrative duties such as filing paperwork. 

All volunteers taking a role within Child Care must pass a background check and attend an in-person Safe From Harm training done at our location. 

For additional inquires, please contact the Volunteer Services Department at 309-655-1306.

Activity Shifts Start End
Classroom Reader 26 11/21/2017 12/29/2017

Family Services

The Peoria Salvation Army offers a wide range or Family and Social Services to the public. We have two buildings that are open to the public Monday - Friday where they can inquire about shelters, rental assistance, utility assistance, public transportation passes, and Food Pantry assistance. These locations are our Family Services building located at 417 NE Adams and our Sylvia Fites Family Services building located at 414 NE Jefferson.

We are in need of volunteers in various roles including administrative type roles, warehouse assistance, donation sorting assistance, and shelter watch assistance.

Depending on the type of role, the volunteer must pass a background check and attend a Safe From Harm training done here at our location. 

For additional inquires, please contact the Volunteer Services Department at 309-655-1306. 

Activity Shifts Start End
Food Pantry/Warehouse Assistant 26 11/21/2017 12/29/2017
Household Items Organizer 26 11/21/2017 12/29/2017
Intake Receptionist - Family Services 52 11/21/2017 12/29/2017
Laundry Services Volunteer 26 11/21/2017 12/29/2017
Safety Net Administrative Helper 42 11/21/2017 12/29/2017
Safety Net Monitor Assistant 30 11/20/2017 12/30/2017

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. 

For additional inquires, please contact the Volunteer Services Department at 309-655-1306.

If you are an individual or group interested in participating in our Dinner with Love program, which occurs every night of the week in the evening, please contact our Volunteer Services Department to discuss. This program is completely reliant on volunteer assistance meaning the volunteers supply the meal, serve the meal, and clean up afterwards. 

Activity Shifts Start End
Assistant Cook 26 11/21/2017 12/29/2017
General Kitchen Assistant 26 11/21/2017 12/29/2017
Soup Kitchen Server - Lunch With Love 19 11/21/2017 12/29/2017

Group Projects

The Peoria Salvation Army would be happy to accommodate a group for a one-time or on-going volunteer service date. We would need advance notice in order to prepare for your group and ensure the service time will be of most value to everybody involved. 

We often times need groups to help with lawn care, playground clean-up, warehouse organizing/cleaning, etc. If you do not see an opportunity that is of interest to you, we can try our best to accommodate to your interests and age group. 

Please have your point person for the group contact our Volunteer Services Department at 309-655-1306 to discuss. 

Activity Shifts Start End
Dinner With Love 41 11/21/2017 12/31/2017
Warehouse/Pantry/Kitchen 1

Internships

Activity Shifts Start End
Accounting/Finance Intern 0
Nursing Internship 1