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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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 the Galleria, and sorting and distributing toys in the Angel Tree warehouse.

Activity Shifts Start End
Angel Tree at The Outlet Shops of Grand River 13 11/28/2023 12/5/2023
Angel Tree at The Riverchase Galleria 16 11/28/2023 12/5/2023
Angel Tree Distribution - Birmingham 1 12/14/2023 12/15/2023
Angel Tree Warehouse - Birmingham 6 11/28/2023 12/15/2023

Dining Hall

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 491 11/28/2023 4/1/2025
Dinner 491 11/28/2023 4/1/2025
Lunch 490 11/28/2023 4/1/2025

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.