The Salvation Army - Greater Birmingham Area Command

For more than 150 years, The Salvation Army has sought to be a shield for those in crisis. When you partner with us to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and provide hope to the lost, you become a shield, too. Often referred to as “the army behind The Army,” volunteers play a crucial role in The Salvation Army’s ability to provide quality social services for the entire community.

We need people like YOU to stand with us and be a shield for the our vulnerable neighbors. Read below to learn more about the current volunteer opportunities. Some of these opportunities might involve serving meals, administrative work, packing food bags in the pantry, painting or general maintenance projects, emergency disaster response, or Angel Tree Christmas projects. Don’t see something that fits your interests or skills? That’s okay! Please contact us to suggest another way you might help change lives. The majority of our volunteer opportunities happen during the week, though there are early morning and evening opportunities available to fit any schedule.

To get started as a volunteer, please complete your volunteer registration and then sign up through our online calendar. Thank you for exploring the many opportunities to help those in need and enhance our community as a volunteer. Be a volunteer. Be a difference maker. Be a Shield.


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Angel Tree

Each Christmas, The Salvation Army Angel Tree provides gifts for children in need. It is a truly special time of year to serve, as hundreds of volunteers come together to make Christmas extra special for thousands of children. Volunteers assist with Angel Tree registration, Angel adoptions at Brookwood Village, and sorting and distributing toys in the Angel Tree warehouse.

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Angel Tree Distribution - Birmingham 0 12/18/2018 12/19/2018
Angel Tree Warehouse - Birmingham 3 12/13/2018 12/17/2018

Clothing Closet

The Clothing Closet provides residents and those in need a place to "shop" for clothing items at no cost. The closet consists of donated items suitable for men, women, and children. 

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Shopping Attendant 16 12/14/2018 3/29/2019


The Salvation Army provides dozens of families with a bag of groceries from our marketplace every week. Volunteers are needed to stock and organize the marketplace and assist shoppers. 

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Food Distribution 31 12/13/2018 3/28/2019

Soup Kitchen

The Salvation Army serves hundreds of meals every day. Volunteers assist our kitchen staff with light meal prep, assembling and serving plates, and clean up. Join us for breakfast, lunch, or dinner on weekdays and dinner only on the weekends! Individuals and small groups are welcome.

Activity Shifts Start End
Breakfast 12 12/13/2018 12/31/2018
Christmas Lunch 0 12/25/2018 12/25/2018
Dinner 17 12/13/2018 12/31/2018
Lunch 11 12/13/2018 1/1/2019


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Kettle Counting 9 12/13/2018 12/25/2018

Mission Statement

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.