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.

To Volunteer, please contact Liwayway Gimenez at (408) 282-1165 extension 3218.

More detailed volunteer opportunities will appear on our calendar after February 2017.

Salvation Army Volunteer Calendar

Sr. Nutritional Center Decorators -- 10/01-10/08
4-5 volunteers to decorate: Halloween theme. We provide decorations.
Weekday hrs any 1.5-2 hr increments between 12-3:30pm. Saturdays, 9:30am-11am.
Giving Tree Tag Ornament Helpers -- 10/01,10/08, 10/15, 10/22 & 10/29
20 volunteers to make tags that help generate new toys for Christmas using hole punch, strings, and print on tag.
1.5-2hr intervals available. Saturdays as listed 9:30am-11am, Weekdays 1.5 hours between 10am-4pm (closed 12-1) No Sundays.
Toy and Food Barrel Prep -- 10/01-10/22
30 volunteers, 1.5-2.5 hr increments, Weekdays (between 9:30am-3pm) & Saturdays (9:30am-11:30am). Sort barrels, wipe down exterior, dust & sweep interior, remove or scrape older toy and food posters, replace w/new , re-stack barrels & re-paint as needed.
Sr. Nutrition Center Application Helper -- November 2nd, 9th, & 16th.
3 volunteers per day to help seniors fill out applications for holiday food boxes each day from 12:30pm-2pm.
Must be able to follow instructions. Bilingual in Cantonese, Mandarin, Chinese, and Spanish a plus.

Christmas Bellringers -- November 250 Volunteers
250 Volunteers, Ring bell near Christmas Kettles and help provide services for the elderly, the homeless, financial struggling families. Two hr intervals or more. Various Sites.

Thanksgiving Food Prep -- 11/20 & 11/21 -- Senior Activity Center
Need 10 volunteers, 1pm-6pm; on 11/21/16 Need 5 volunteers,1-4pm.

FULL Thanksgiving Day Helper -- 11/24 -- Senior Activity Center
25 volunteers, 10:00am-1:30pm. Serve food & beverage/clean-up. Individuals, friends & family units of less than five. No walk-ins. NO LATER than 10/31.

Decorator -- 12/01, 12/02, 12/03
Senior Nutrion Center
4-5 volunteers to decorate: Christmas theme. Weekday hrs any 1.5-2 hr increments 12-3pm, Saturday, 9:30am-11am.

Community Care & Holiday Decorator -- 12/03
20 volunteers, 9:00am-11:30am. Sorting and grouping of gifts that will be picked up and distributed to the Veteran’s Hospital as well as nursing and convalescent homes. If time, help decorate Chapel and Fellowship Hall for Christmas.

Toy ‘N Joy Store Setup & Prep -- 12/7-12/10
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
15-20 volunteers, any 1.5 hours. Set framework for toy store using tables, chairs, partitions, or pipe and drape. Label toy store for toy/gift placement.

FULLFood Box Maker --12/7-12/10
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
55 volunteers, 9:30am-11:30am. Make food boxes following perforations on cardboard.

FULLFood Boxer -- 12/09-12/15
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
60 volunteers (20 per table) 9:30am-11:30am or any 2 hr. increment. Put food in boxes, assembly line method.

Toy Sorter/Displayer -- 12/10, 12/17
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
40-50 per day volunteers. Saturdays, 9:30am-11:30am.

Christmas Center Worker --12/12-12/21
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
15-25 volunteers. Times open (1.5-2 hr shift). Toy placement and display, decorate toy store or any type of Christmas prep needed. No Sundays.

FULLSr. Holiday Food Box Distribution -- 12/16 
Senior Nutrition Center
10 volunteers 12:30pm-2:30pm.

Food Box Distribution -- 12/22 
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
20 volunteers, arrive between by 8:15am-12:30pm. Distribute Holiday Food boxes to families using instructions given.

Shopping Escorts -- 12/22
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
150 volunteers. Help parents select gifts for children in the Toy ‘N Joy store.  Arrive between 8am-8:15am, mandatory orientation 8:30am. Ends about 1:00pm.

Carriers -- 12/22
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
150 volunteers. Help parents carry their gift bags and food boxes to their cars in parking lot.    Arrive between 8am-8:15am, orientation 8:30am.Ends about 1:30pm.

Christmas Center Teardown/Packout /Cleanup Team -- 12/22
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
Immediately following shopping event, 30+ volunteers,

Christmas Party Helpers -- 12/22
Senior Nutrition Center
3 volunteers, 10am-1pm (Friday). Serve lunch, help with distribution of Christmas gifts.

Christmas Food Server and Gift Helper -- 12/25
The Emmanuel House Shelter
12 volunteers, 11am-2pm.Serve Christmas Lunch and distribute gifts to visitors.

The Toy ‘N Joy Christmas Wharehouse
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
Gateway Hall
344 Tully Road, SJ CA 95111.
Entrance at Gate C

Senior Nutrition Center
359 N. 4th Street, SJ CA 95112

The Emmanuel House Shelter & Soup Kitchen
405 N. 4th Street, SJ CA 95112

Food Pantry Helper
1-2 volunteers to unload, stock, pack, and distribute food.
Monday through Thursdays: 8am-12noon or 1pm-3pm.
Fridays: 8am-12only.

Fresh Produce Bagger
4-5 volunteers to bag fresh produce into smaller portions for distribution.
8am-12noon or 1pm-3pm, Mondays; 2-3 volunteers, 8am-10am Thursdays.

Kitchen Helper
1-2 volunteers; food prep, serve, clean-up at The Salvation Army Sr. Nutritional Center
9am-1pm
Kitchen Helper
1-2 volunteers to prepare food, serve, and clean up at The Salvation Army Emmanuel House
4pm-6:30pm
Emmanuel House Helper
Clean in and around men's shelter & community feeding site.
1-2 volunteers, any 2-4 hr. shift between 8am-5pm. Males 18+ only.
Requirements: Male and 18+ yrs old.