Volunteering with The Salvation Army
Volunteer opportunities are available through the many programs and services The Salvation Army and the Kroc Center offer to the community. Some of these opportunities include: answering phones in the office, clerical assistance, helping as a Thrift Store attendant, and stocking shelves in the Food Pantry.
Other volunteers needed include: Christmas application processor, Christmas Toy Town assembler, bell ringer, Angel Tree table helper at the Quincy Mall, Emergency Disaster Team member, custodial helper, and drivers for programs. These are just a few of the many volunteer opportunities available through The Salvation Army.
Bell Ringing and Adopt – A – Kettle
Each year many people are needed to ring bells during the Red Kettle Campaign in order to raise the funds necessary to provide Christmas food baskets, toys and community Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to families in need during the holiday season. These funds also provide programs and services for individuals and families in crisis throughout the year.
The dates for bell ringing will be announced later this year and run through December 24th. Individuals and groups can volunteer to ring bells at Salvation Army kettles.
Have an organization or co-workers who want to help? It’s a lot of fun to get your friends together to “Adopt-a-Kettle” for an entire day! Bell-ringing is a great service project for any organization, church or scout group!
Battle of the Bells Competition
You may also register your business to join in the “Battle of the Bells” competition. It’s an exciting holiday competition that’s win-win for you and The Salvation Army. Get positive, free publicity for your business or organization through local media and social media outlets as we promote the contest throughout the Christmas Campaign. Win a free night at the Kroc Center for you and your staff with space to hold your own private party or meeting! Download the registration form here.
Bucket Blitz is sponsored by WGEM and takes place in December outside the Quincy Mall between First Mid-Illinois Bank and TGI Fridays. Money is collected to help The Salvation Army provide quality programs and services for those in need in our community at Christmas and throughout the year. Volunteers are needed to ring bells!
Emergency Disaster Services (EDS)
The Quincy Salvation Army has a disaster relief team, which responds to most major emergencies. Volunteers are welcome, and training is available.
Click here to learn more about EDS.
Call Alisa Elkins at the Kroc Center.
Toys and other donated gifts are set up by age so that parents can walk through Toy Town with a helper and select new and like-new toys for their children for Christmas. The distribution dates for 2013 will be announced closer to the holiday season.
Tags, listing a child’s age and toys they would like for Christmas are placed on trees at the Quincy Mall and Wal-Mart. Individuals and groups take tags from the trees, shop for these children and return the items with the tags to The Salvation Army, who in turn distributes the gifts to families through Toy Town.
Holiday meals are served on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day for anyone who would like to attend. Good food and a short musical program accompany the good fellowship around the table. Transportation is provided for those needing a ride and meals are also delivered to shut-ins.
Christmas food baskets are provided for families in need who would like to cook their own holiday meal at home. Volunteers are needed to help pack these baskets. Baskets are distributed the same time as Toy Town.
For more information or to volunteer contact: