Volunteer

 

Often referred to as “the army behind The Army," volunteers play a crucial role in our ability to provide quality social services for the entire community. Our volunteers change lives, uplift families and support communities throughout our nation every day. Discover the joy of giving back to your community and become a Salvation Army volunteer today!

 

Please call (412) 446-1500 for more information or to speak with our Volunteer Director.

 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

 

Become a Bell Ringer (November – December)

 

Red Kettles are the most visible and remembered part of The Salvation Army's Holiday season. We are constantly in need of bell ringers to stand outside local merchants to ring the bell for donations for the needy. This is a fun and family friendly opportunity!

Contact: Betsy Stubna at (412) 446-1636 or Elizabeth.Stubna@USE.SalvationArmy.Org

 

Emergency Disaster Services

 

Emergency Disaster Services volunteers help those who are affected by events beyond their control. Whether a fire, flood, severe weather or other disaster, our team supports everyone involved--victims, survivors, and first responders. We welcome all skills and backgrounds and provide training to all volunteers. You will get the opportunity to provide assistance to the people most affected by an emergency as well as gain useful knowledge of emergency situations.

Contact: EDS Offices (412) 922-4808 or Thomas.Perez@USE.SalvationArmy.Org

 

Holiday Dinners

 

The Salvation Army offers Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to needy individuals and families at hotels throughout Pittsburgh. We have four county-wide dinners as well as individual community dinners at the Worship and Service Centers.

Please visit our locations page to find your local contact.

 

Volunteer at your local Worship and Service Center

 

Our Worship and Service Centers are a hub of activity and encompass both the church and social service components of The Salvation Army. Each location offers unique opportunities:

  • After School Programs/Tutoring: Volunteers interact with school-age children by helping with homework, serving meals and participating in fun activities after school.
  • Summer Day Camps: Volunteers assist staff with camp activities for children.
  • Christmas Season: Be a bell ringer at a local Red Kettle Stand.
  • Food Pantry: Help with stocking a pantry or distributing food.
  • Special Projects: Volunteers may be needed periodically for small projects or fundraisers at our Worship and Service Centers.
  • Community Care Ministries: Visit shut-ins in hospitals and nursing homes.

Please visit our locations page to find your local contact.

 

Volunteer at your local Service Unit

 

Smaller communities that cannot financially support a large-scale Worship and Service Center provide for needy families through Salvation Army Service Units. Staffed entirely by volunteers, help is needed for:

  • Serving Families: Volunteers are needed to field phone calls, help with client intake assessments and distribute assistance.
  • Fundraising: Service Units raise critical operating dollars through Red Kettle Campaigns, golf outings, and other special events.

Please visit our locations page to find your local contact.

 

Treasures for Children (November- December)

 

Companies can place a tree at their place of business and “adopt” tags with the name, age and gender of a child in need to purchase Christmas gifts. Volunteers are also needed to sort over 20,000 donated toys at our Greentree Warehouse.

Contact: Jennifer Brown at 412-446-1536

 

Love in a Backpack

 

The goal of Love in a Backpack program is to help meet the nutritional needs of those students who may not have food on the weekends. We have opportunities for volunteers to assemble weekend feeding bags at various locations throughout the region. 

Contact: Lauren Brant at 412-446-1644

 

Project Bundle-Up Telethon (December)

 

The WTAE project Bundle-Up Telethon is our single largest fundraising event, live on Channel 4 starting at 4:30AM-8:00PM on Friday, December 6, 2019. This event provides volunteer opportunities throughout the day, answering pledge calls, and assisting with set up, food and drink service. 

Contact: Victoria Gill at 412-446-1638

 

Pittsburgh Monster Pumpkin Festival, benefitting project Bundle-Up (October)

 

The festival takes place on the North Shore River Walk on October 19-20.  Ping-pong are sold on-line and day of event with proceed benefitting project Bundle-Up.  An enormous pumpkin is dropped in a pool and the ball that flies the furthest wins a prize. We need volunteers to help us staff the table, to collect donations and number the balls at the event from 11AM-5PM on October 19.

Contact: Victoria Gill at 412-446-1638

 

Project Bundle-Up Telethon (December)

 

The WTAE project Bundle-Up Telethon is our single largest fundraising event, live on Channel 4 starting at 4:30AM-8:00PM on Friday, December 6, 2019. This event provides volunteer opportunities throughout the day, answering pledge calls, and assisting with set up, food and drink service. 

Contact: Victoria Gill at 412-446-1638

 

Pittsburgh Polar Plunge, benefitting project Bundle-Up (January 1)

 

Wind, rain, sleet, or snow, nearly 1,000 individuals meet annually on the Mon Wharf and take the plunge. A New Year’s Day tradition in Pittsburgh… “Freezin’ for a reason.” The Pittsburgh Polar Bear Club and attendees jump into the Monongahela River to support WTAE’s project Bundle-Up. Project Bundle-Up sells t-shirts and towels at the event, from 8-10AM. Volunteers would help set up the booth, collect donations and sell the towels and shirts.

Contact: Victoria Gill at 412-446-1638