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.

Year Round Volunteer Opportunities

Food Pantry Volunteer:

Volunteers are needed to provide assistance in unloading and organizing product for The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command Food Pantry. Specific tasks may include: Unload and stock food products onto shelves, dispose of trash and cardboard boxes as needed, assist Food Pantry Caseworker as needed. Assistance is needed daily, between the hours of 9am-12noon. (Hours may vary based on delivery schedules) Teens may volunteer but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Soup Kitchen:

Volunteers are needed to help serve food in our HOPE Center Emergency Shelter. Breakfast and Dinner are served to anyone in need of a meal. Volunteers who serve food must have their food handlers card. You can contact your local Health & Human Services Department to obtain a Food Handler’s Card, or take the class online, here.

  • Schedule:
    • Breakfast Serving:
      • 8:00am Monday – Friday
      • 9:00am Sunday
    • Dinner Serving:
      • 4:45pm Monday – Saturday

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 will be available for pick up this fall and should be returned no later than December 11. 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.

Youth Volunteer Policies and Procedures

Youth under the age of 18 MUST have written permission to volunteer. Adults are needed to monitor behavior and keep young volunteers on task.

We ask that you use the following child to adult ratios for providing chaperones and supervisors for your young volunteers:
3:1 elementary students
5:1 junior high students
10:1 high school students