Do you ever wonder how you can make a lasting difference in your community?

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The Salvation Army’s work at the Hampton Roads Area Command is greatly enhanced by volunteers. From ringing the bell at Salvation Army kettles during Christmas time to sorting and distributing school supplies during our Write Stuff Campaign, Salvation Army volunteers allow us to function as an agency.

Citizens of every community, from every walk of life, greatly extend the scope of The Salvation Army’s service. In short, volunteers’ assistance enables The Salvation Army to meet far more needs than it could without their help.

A variety of volunteer opportunities are available. If you’re ready to help by Doing The Most Good, fill out our Volunteer Registration Form and send it to salarmyhrvolunteer@gmail.com.

Christmas Volunteer Opportunities

Christmas Depot:

We will be looking for energetic volunteers who are willing to help in our “Christmas Depot” warehouse. Registration for volunteer opportunities with the Christmas Depot will open in September. For more information, please email us at salarmyhrvolunteer@gmail.com.

Bell Ringers:

The Red Kettle Christmas Campaign enables The Salvation Army to provide food, toys and clothing to thousands of people during the Christmas season in Hampton Roads and helps Americans recovering from all kinds of personal disasters nationwide. The Red Kettle campaign, first started in San Francisco in 1891, has traditionally been the Salvation Army’s most prominent fund-raiser.

Volunteers are needed daily at a variety of locations throughout Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, shifts are available Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Groups available to man multiple sites are highly desired!

Sign up online here.


Volunteer groups are needed to fill over 13,000 Christmas stockings for children ages 6 – 14. Stockings can be picked up immediately and returned no later than December 12. For more information or to sign up to fill some stockings please contact Patricia Dudley at patricia_dudley@uss.salvationarmy.org or email us at salarmyhrvolunteer@gmail.com.

Angel Tree:

You can choose to be a public Angel Tree partner or a Private Angel Tree partner:

  • As a Public Angel Tree Partner you agree to set up a Christmas tree in your public business establishment and display the Angels for employees and/or the general public to adopt.
  • As a Private Angel Tree Partner you agree to set up a Christmas tree in your private office and display Angels for employees to adopt.

For more information on what you can do to help, please contact us at salarmyhrvolunteer@gmail.com.

Year Round Volunteer Opportunities

Food Service Volunteer:

Volunteers with valid food handling licenses are needed on weekends to help serve meals at our HOPE Center for Men in downtown Norfolk.

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