2017 Volunteer Calendar

Helping those in need is what volunteering is all about. When you volunteer, you are working to help those less fortunate. The Salvation Army has many local events throughout the year — preparing food boxes, helping in the kitchen, decorating the senior center — volunteers make all these good things possible.

Angel Tree

Giving Tree Tag Ornament Helpers

November 11th, 2017 Groups Welcome
Please sign up for one or more two hour shifts. Duties may include hole punching, stringing and writing clearly on paper tree ornaments that help generate new toys for Christmas. No Sundays.

Register To Ring

Register To Ring

November 20th - December 16th, 2017
150+ volunteers are needed to help as Bellringers at several sites in San Jose. 
All proceeds raised helps The Salvation Army programs and services during Christmas and into the New Year. For more info contact:
Lt. Thelma Jimenez, 408.282-1165 ext. 3223, cell 1.562/393-2256 

Senior Activity Center
359 N. 4th Street
San Jose, CA 95112

Christmas Decorator 

December 2nd
We need 10 volunteers to decorate high walls using our decorations with a Christmas theme. Use your imagination and creativity to make the Senior Center look warm and inviting for this special Holiday month.  

Christmas Party Helpers

December 22nd
We need 12 volunteers from 10am - Noon to help distribute gifts to Seniors during lunch and program. After lunch, distribute Holiday food boxes and help load into cars.


Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
Gateway Hall
344 Tully Rd
San Jose, CA 95111

Toy ‘N Joy Store Setup & Prep

December 5th, 2017  Small Groups Welcome (5-7 People)
We need volunteers to cover the windows with decorations at the hall. Set framework for toy store using tables and partitions. Label toy store for toy/gift placement. Select one day for 1.5-2hours.

Toy Sorter/Displayer

December 9th  Groups Welcome
We need 30-50 people each to help sort and display toys in our Toy ‘N Joy store: Saturday 12/9: 10am-12noon; Weds 12/20 flexible times will consider late afternoon or evening hours for large individual/combo groups.

Toy ‘N Joy Store Setup & Prep

December 20th, 2017  Groups Welcome
We need 30-50 people to help sort and display toys in our Toy ‘N Joy store: 12/20 3pm-4:30pm or 3pm-5pm or 4pm-5:30pm

Christmas Center Worker

December 16th & 21st

We need 30 people to prepare toy barrels with new lining and final prep. on toy sorting and display in Toy ‘N Joy Store as well as other help as needed. 12/16 hours 10-Noon on 12/21 10am-11:30am or afternoon or evening hours 4pm-5:30pm.

Shopping Escorts

December 22nd  Groups Welcome

100 volunteers needed to escort parents into Toy ‘N Joy Store and help them select toys for their children using the instructions given during orientation (day of the event).


December 22nd  Groups Welcome
100+ volunteers are welcome to help carry and load toy and food bags into parent’s car.

Food Distribution Workers

December 22nd  Groups Welcome
10 volunteers are needed to help distribute Holiday Food Boxes to parents.

Decorators The Santa Clara Citadel Corps
3090 Homestead Road
Santa Clara, CA 95051

Community Care & Holiday Decorators

December 2nd
We need 10 volunteers from 9am to 11am to group & sort gift boxes to nursing homes.
Volunteers will decorate chapel and other areas with Christmas Trees & lights.

On-Call Volunteer

Be a volunteer that helps with “last minute” projects or to supplement a lack of help on a project.

Food Pantry Helper

1-2 volunteers in Food Pantry, Mon-Thurs, 8am-12noon and/or 1pm-4pm (continuation of morning duties), All Fridays, 8am-12 only. Unload food delivery trucks, stock shelves, pack and distribute food bags and clean-up

Fresh Produce Bagger

4-5 volunteers, 8am-12noon and/or 1pm-4pm if needed, Mondays only, in San Jose site.

Fresh Produce Bagger

45-7 volunteers, 9am-1pm, 1st and 3rd Fridays of every month in Sunnyvale site. Bag fresh produce into smaller portions for distribution.

The Senior Activity Center Senior Activity Center
359 N. 4th Street
San Jose, CA 95112

Sr. Nutrition Center Decorators

6-10 volunteers, Mon-Fri hours between 12:30am-4pm. Saturdays negotiable. No Sundays. Decorate large walls and bulletin board at Sr. Center using our decorations.

Clean-up After Meal @ Sr. Nutrition Center

1-2 volunteers, Mondays & Fridays, 12noon-1:30pm, stack chairs in groups of 8, wipe down food carts, tables, roll-up windows & walls.

Kitchen Helper @ Sr. Nutrition Center

1-2 volunteers; food prep, serve food (lunch) & clean-up.

The Emmanuel House The Emmanuel House
Transitional Shelter & Homeless Kitchen
405 N. 4th Street
San Jose, CA 95112

Kitchen Helper at The Emmanuel House (Day)

Serve lunch 11am-1:30pm and clean-up, 2 volunteers.

Kitchen Helper @ Emmanuel House (men’s shelter and feeding site)

Help prepare and serve dinner for the homeless, and men living in the transitional shelter.

Kitchen Helper @ Emmanuel House (men’s shelter and feeding site)

Serve dinner and clean-up. The Salvation Army Emmanuel House, 4pm-6:30pm, minors minimum age 14 must come w/volunteer parent. Groups minimum age 14 w/majority ratio of adult volunteers.

Emmanuel House Helper (men’s shelter and community feeding site)

Requirements: Male only and 18+ yrs old.

1-2 volunteers, Mondays thru Sundays, any 2 or 3 hr. shift between 8am-5pm. Indoor cleaning (bathroom, mop/sweep floors, windows etc. and outside yard work.


Kitchen Dishwasher/cleanup, @ Emmanuel House

Mondays thru Sundays,10am-12noon, 1 volunteer per day, 18+ or older.

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