Volunteers are vital to the work of The Salvation Army. Your valuable skills and fresh perspective will make a difference for our community. Whether it's helping children with their homework, leading beautification projects, or serving holiday meals to the homeless, you help us in ‘Doing the Most Good’ by helping  those who are truly in need.

Become a Kettle Bell Ringer

We need your help to ring in the Christmas season as a Salvation Army Red Kettle Bell ringer!

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Bell Ringing Program is a tradition which provides you the opportunity to meet the public and support The Salvation Army in a unique way. We need individual volunteers, but also consider bringing your family, your co-workers, friends from school, or members of your church. Man the kettle, ring the familiar bell, and wish shoppers a joyous holiday season.

The Red Kettle Campaign is one of the primary fundraising efforts of The Salvation Army. By volunteering to be a Bell-Ringer you are helping to raise the much needed funds to support The Salvation Army services and programs throughout the year.

Please volunteer now!

Toys for Tots - Toy Sorting Events 2016

Bell Warehouse - 5600 Rickenbacker Rd, Bell, CA 90201

Have you always wondered what it was like to be one of Santa's elves? Thanks to this great volunteer opportunity now you can experience it firsthand!

As a toy sorter volunteer, you'll use your organizational skills and toy knowledge to fulfill our Corps and Community Center toy requests. We'll ask you to come to our Bell Warehouse where you will help label and organize toys into bags to be distributed to deserving children in communities throughout Southern California for Christmas 2016.

Toy sorting will be held 8am-Noon on the following dates:
December 1, 6, 12, 13, 14, 15, & 20 Please contact Amy Hudson if you have any questions about these events:
amy.hudson@usw.salvationarmy.org / 562-264-3826

Sign up for Real Estate Wednesdays

Originating in Phoenix, AZ, Realtors and Salvation Army National Advisory Board members, JoAnn and Joseph Callaway created Real Estate Wednesdays to solve a major problem. The Salvation Army often has to hire workers to ring bells at our signature Red Kettles due to the fact that volunteers are very hard to find in the middle of the week. The real estate industry in Arizona stepped up, providing more than 1,000 real estate agents, title company officers, lenders, and affiliates to ring bells every Wednesday during the month of December.

Here in Southern California we have a similar problem finding mid-week volunteers. Find out how your firm can be a part of the solution!

Real Estate Wednesdays has three goals:

  1. To be a part of The Salvation Army’s mission of “Doing the Most Good”.
  2. To elevate the public image and perception of the real estate industry as a cooperative and caring group.
  3. To connect and reconnect with clients and the community you serve.

If you have any questions please contact Amy Hudson at amy.hudson@usw.salvationarmy.org or call 562-264-3826

2016 Thanksgiving Prep Day

Casa Vertigo - 1828 Oak Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

In order to prepare for The Salvation Army's annual Thanskgiving Dinner, we need the help of volunteers to come the night before to set up! Set up will include arranging fruit baskets for the families as well as place the linens on the tables.

Please contact Amy Hudson with any questions amy.hudson@usw.salvationarmy.org

The Salvation Army’s Feast of Sharing Thanksgiving Dinner Presented by Nickelodeon, at Casa Vertigo in Los Angeles is a community-focused dinner where guests will enjoy a sit-down Thanksgiving Eve meal with all the trimmings. Most of the dinner guests hail from the Pico Union District of Los Angeles, an area that continues to struggle economically and a place where children face many challenges, obstacles that The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Youth and Community Center helps them overcome.

2016 Toy n Joy - Christmas Toy Distribution

The Salvation Army Siemon Family Youth & Community Center - 7651 South Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90001

On Saturday, December 17th The Salvation Army Siemon Family Youth Community Center will host its fifth annual Toy N' Joy holiday toy distribution event! This mega event will give deserving families the opportunity to "shop" a simulated toy store environment to pick out their little one's special holiday gift. More than 4,000 toys will be distributed!

As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to walk the aisles of the "toy store" with clients to help them find the perfect gift. Volunteers will also help re-stock the "toy store" shelves, pass out stocking stuffers and share holiday cheer to all in attendance!

Help us make the holidays brighter for deserving families by volunteering at this great event!

Volunteer for your Group

It's easy to get lost in the hectic daily schedule of our lives and it's nice to step out of the office and have a reminder of how we are truly blessed. Whether it's for a few hours during a work day or weekend, volunteering with one's coworkers and friends is a great way to appreciate our jobs and it is a great way to show the community how multifaceted our workplace can be.

To learn more about how your company or organization can get involved, contact Amy Hudson at (562) 264-3826 or Amy.Hudson@usw.salvationarmy.org.

Volunteer Sign-Up Portal

If the opportunities listed aren't right for you, please join our volunteer list to be notified when volunteer opportunities become available.

If you have any questions please contact Amy Hudson at amy.hudson@usw.salvationarmy.org or call 562-264-3826