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. Due to Covid, we have postponed some of our normal volunteer opportunities working in our soup kitchen and clothing closet but please browse the list of other opportunities. 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.


(205) 328-0743

Based on the CDC guidelines, we are asking you the following questions: 

1. Have you been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19?

2. Do you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19? Symptoms include cough or shortness of breath or at least two of the following: Fever, Chills, Repeated shaking with chills, Muscle Pain, Headache, Sore throat, New loss of taste or smell

If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, we ask you not to register until you have waited the appropriate amount of time to ensure the safety of those you would be around. We are doing our best to align with best practices and to do our part in keeping our community safe. 

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Center of Hope

The Birmingham Salvation Army Center of Hope is located at 2015 26th Avenue North. 

Activity Shifts Start End
Grounds Beautification 12 5/20/2021 6/29/2021
Veterans Program Assistant 5 5/20/2021 6/24/2021

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. 

We need help organizing the closet and going through donations. 

Activity Shifts Start End
Clothing Closet Organizer 7 5/21/2021 7/30/2021

Drive-Through Food Distribution

The Salvation Army provides groceries to families every week with our drive-thru food distribution. Due to the CDC guidelines and increased food insecurity, we have adapted our food distribution to serve those in the most need while using the help of our volunteers. Volunteers are needed to direct traffic, deliver food and take information from those receiving the food. All volunteers are required to wear a mask and gloves and must follow the standard social distancing measures. Please join us in Doing the Most Good!  

Activity Shifts Start End
Food Distribution 19 5/19/2021 10/27/2021

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.