You can make a difference, you can become a volunteer.
“The look on their faces. You see the appreciation and the hope in their eyes when you lend them a hand and help them up. It makes my heart melt and reminds me that I can give back in so many simple ways.” This was the response of one of our volunteers when asked, “Why do you volunteer?”
Thank you for inquiring about volunteering with The Salvation Army Charlottesville. You will be joining an average of 493 volunteers totaling 1,594 volunteer hours per month who find fulfillment in the tasks they select.
The Salvation Army Charlottesville Corps is located at 207 Ridge Street in Charlottesville, Virginia. We have three kinds of volunteer applications, one for each of the following levels:
- Those who do not work around children who volunteer for one project or to ring bells (requires an application and Volunteer Release and Waiver prior to your first day).
- Those who do not work around children and would like to be scheduled regularly (this applies to ALL interns, ALL community service volunteers seeking credit for hours through court, school, work, or other; individual volunteers who help for multiple days, seasonally, or longer) require Standard Background Check Consent Form and ONE of the following: Individual Volunteer Release and Waiver, Intern Acknowledgement and Release OR Community Service Acknowledgement and Release. THIS IS OUR MOST COMMON VOLUNTEER PROCESS. While it may seem bulky, hundreds of people have completed the process and found meaningful projects and we thank them.
- Those who work around our children (IN ADDITION TO THE PROCESS DESCRIBED ABOVE, we conduct a class entitled Safe From Harm prior to their first day.) What is Safe From Harm? Safe from Harm Training
Because our highest security level is for Emergency Disaster Volunteers, the Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability included with the Individual Volunteer Application is written in those terms. The same waiver applies to all individual volunteers. The only difference between these three types of applications is the waiver on page two specifically designed for Individuals (not interns or community service), Interns, or Community Service.
While we aren’t able to accept the completed applications by email or fax, you may print them, complete and sign them, then bring them in person to the office 434-295-4058 (Fax 434-295-6243) with your valid picture ID.
Volunteer in the community
We run a range of community programs and services to try to provide guests with HOPE in the midst of homelessness, youth issues, hunger, and aging on purpose – just to name a few. Each of these programs requires dedicated and committed people both on the front line and behind the scenes.
What will I be doing as a volunteer? Some examples include:
SOUP KITCHEN, working with our cooking staff, located at 207 Ridge Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
- Serve patrons at assigned food or drink area
- Clean-up or bus tables as needed.
- Clean-up other areas of Soup Kitchen as needed.
- Alert staff members or security to potential incidents or risks.
- Assist custodian with final clean-up of building.
- Assist with receiving, arranging, and storage of food donations when present.
FAMILY STORE, located at 604 Cherry Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902.
- To receive goods donated to the The Salvation Army Charlottesville Family Store.
- To sort and determine what goods are appropriate and useable.
- To monitor availability and order of goods in the storage area.
- To help keep items labeled and organized.
- To help keep storeroom clean and organized.
- To identify items not needed and prepare them for bailing.
CORPS AND SHELTER, located at 207 Ridge Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
- Sort food pantry collections; assist with receiving, shelving, and rotating food items
- Help us prepare the gifts for families through our Angel Tree Program (Seasonally)
- Assist with cleaning and general maintenance projects
- Sunday Breakfast (Every Sunday morning at 9:00 AM, still gives you time to go to your own church or join us in our worship services, a mix of traditional hymns, Biblical preaching and contemporary Praise & Worship)
- Many other opportunities that can be developed based on your passions and the needs of The Salvation Army
Not sure where the best fit for you might be? Join us for a Tour of Hope. We’ll take you on a tour of our facilities to get an inside look at how lives are being improved from Salvation Army programs and services. Please contact Brenda Smith or Captain Susan Shiels at 434-295-4058.
Do we accept young volunteers? Yes! We strongly encourage youth to be involved in their community. That being said, we ask that all young volunteers remain engaged while at our events. There is no set minimum age as long as the youth are actively working towards the purpose of the event. As a general guideline, volunteers under 15 years of age need to have an adult volunteer with them.
Are there other ways that I can give back? An in-kind gift donation can be made to support our programs and services. (i.e. Arts and crafts supplies for our summer camp participants, new unwrapped toys, paper supplies like napkins and paper towels, non-perishable food items heavy on the protein like peanut butter, beans, meals in a can like chili, stew, dumplings, and tuna.)
Are there possible extra clearances that will be required of me as a volunteer? The Salvation Army takes safety very seriously, especially for children, senior citizens and people with physical challenges. We conduct an extensive program called Safe From Harm to ensure safety. Volunteers who will be in a one-on-one situation, or will be working with children, seniors, or the physically challenged are required to have a background check and this special Safe From Harm training. For volunteers, this in-person part of this training may be completed within days of your application, and the online portion at your convenience. For instructions, click here: Safe from Harm Training self enrollment. Be sure to save your certificate at the end because we will add it to your volunteer file.
Does The Salvation Army accommodate court-ordered community service needs? Yes. A background check and references are required.
Volunteer Registration Process for Emergency Disaster Services
In the event of a local or national disaster, The Salvation Army sends pre-trained, pre-approved volunteers to the disaster site for a two-week deployment, which includes 12 full working days and approximately 2 travel days. Operational needs normally include, but are not limited to canteens (mobile feeding units), fixed-feeding facilities, emotional and spiritual care, distribution centers, disaster assistance centers, warehousing, and finance and administration.
Travel, lodging and meal costs are provided by The Salvation Army for approved volunteers able to deploy for the entire 2 week period. Volunteers typically live in temporary lodging which may be as rudimentary as tented-housing, or could be hotel lodging with shared, double-occupancy rooms.
Volunteers who have received proper training in advance, receive priority when requesting to be sent to the disaster site. The process to become a trained emergency disaster services volunteer begins by contacting the local Salvation Army corps office, usually takes between 2 weeks to one month, and may require a background check.
In the event that a high level of volunteers is needed, The Salvation Army will accept spontaneous emergency disaster volunteers as well through the local Army corps office, in the area which the volunteer lives. In this case, the individual’s application and approval process, as well as training availabilities may be expedited.
ON-LINE Disaster Services Volunteer Registration
Individuals interested in volunteering may also fill out our on-line disaster worker profile and registration form. These registrations will immediately be sent to your local corps office and Volunteer Coordinator.
Do not travel to the disaster site on your own, without being deployed by a local Salvation Army Volunteer Coordinator. There is limited food, water and lodging in the area, and we cannot guarantee that we will have any of those provisions for you. Do contact your local Salvation Army corps office or fill out the online registration form to apply.