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Volunteers help The Salvation Army serve people every day. To volunteer, please contact Joy Cony at 414-302-4300 or e-mail at and she will put you in touch with a volunteer representative in your area if you live outside of Milwaukee County. 

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Seasonal Opportunities:

Our volunteers are the Army behind the Army. They staff our special events, provide the manpower behind our feeding programs, they are on the scene of disasters and much more. We are always looking for great volunteers to join our team. We have programs year-round for which volunteers are needed.

Year-Round Activities:


Feed the Kids (5880 N. 60th Street, Milwaukee)



In the summer The Salvation Army and its volunteers
make over 2,400 sandwiches weekdays to feed needy children in Milwaukee. You can help! 
(mid-June through mid-August)






State Fair Water Booth (State Fair grounds, West Allis, WI)



For over 20 years, The Salvation Army has been serving free ice water to fairgoers. We owe a big thank you to all of those who came and volunteered to staff our booth and to serve the thousands of people who stopped for free water. With your help we gave out well over 80,000 cups of water! The tradition will continue in 2014 and we hope to see everyone's smiling faces again, and we also want to see new faces.





Coats for Kids (5880 N. 60th Street, Milwaukee)

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The Salvation Army/Fox 6 Condella's BIG SORT collects cold weather coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens for children in need. Volunteers sort donated garments by size, hang the clean coats and help with shopping assistance from mid-October to the first week of November.










Prison Toy Program (11315 W. Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee)


The Salvation Army donates approximately 5,000 gifts for children of incarcerated parents. Volunteers are needed for packing and shipping. We need volunteers to assist with the data entry and mailing process, toy wrap prep and The Big Wrap and The Big Ship. This program runs from October through mid-November.




Red Kettle Bell Ringers

Sign up online to ring bells for 2014. We are always in need of more bell ringers, remember, two hours can make a difference!

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We need an army of bell ringers to help us raise money for the poor and needy in The Greater Milwaukee Area. There are various locations around Milwaukee you can choose from, dates and time vary per locations. We do not ring on Sundays or Thanksgiving Day. Volunteer on your own, with your family or co-workers. You could also become a group organizer at church, place of business or with a service club. Two hours can make a difference!


The Salvation Army Toy Shop (5880 N. 60th Street, Milwaukee)




The Salvation Army,
the U.S. Marines,
WTMJ 620 and Kapco collect and distribute toys to children in the Greater Milwaukee area.
This program allows parents to provide new toys to their children at Christmas. Volunteers donate toys, sort toys by age and gender, set up and stock tables in preparation for distribution. During distribution week volunteers keep tables stocked; assist parents in choosing toys for their children.




2013 Christmas Family Feast (Wisconsin Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee)

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The Salvation Army prepares a traditional family Christmas dinner for over 10,000 people. Volunteers are needed December 20-25, 2013 for set-up, cooking and kitchen prep. On Christmas Day volunteers are needed for greeter/hostess, food service and clean-up as well as for entertainment. 



Meaningful Make-over (1730 N. 7th Street, Milwaukee) meaningful makeover
Do you have a group, organization or team that wants to do something wonderful for those in need? Our rooms at our Emergency Lodge need you. We have the opportuity for serious groups to come out and redesign our living spaces. Look at the Project Book for complete details. This is a year-round opportunity.

*Monetary requirements are in place and a detailed plan must be submitted, please call Joy Cony at (414) 302-4300 for more information.




Children's Education Center - Emergency Lodge (1730 N. 7th Street, Milwaukee)



Be a volunteer tutor for the children at The Salvation Army Emergency Lodge and Community Centers to help give them the extra one-on-one help they need to advance academically. Volunteers can also lead arts and crafts projects or teach choir and music to greatly enhance the lives of the children in our programs. Year-round, Monday through Friday. Volunteers must be 18 years of age.


Life Skills Volunteer
Volunteer to share your knowledge with individuals in Transitional Living, our five Community Centers and the Emergency Lodge. Talents such as sewing, cooking, knitting, computer use and money management are welcome. Volunteers are needed to mentor and teach character building, GED preparation, ESL (English as a second language) and U.S. citizenship classes.

Gym and Recreation
Volunteers are needed at our 4129 W. Villard and 1645 N. 25th Street Salvation Army Community Center locations. Volunteers assist with basketball, volleyball and other gym activities.

Collections Drive - Snack Bag Project

snackbagsA great group volunteer activity is to spearhead a collection drive at your workplace, church or organization for items such as food, mittens, toiletries, puzzles, toys, towels, and games for the children and adults that we serve.

The snack bag project is a way for groups or families to impact the children that we serve at our Emergency Lodge. We provide cards and bags to be decorated. Your group provides the snacks and the inspiration. The children delight in receiving the decorated snack bags and card with a personal message.

This project is good for a group of 10 - 100 and can be done at your location or ours.

Divisional Headquarters General Office Assistance

Divisional Headquarters is located at 11315 W. Watertown Plank Road in Wauwatosa. Volunteers will perform various office tasks including: publications, mailings, filing, data entry and general administrative tasks. Normal office hours are weekdays between 8:30am and 4:15pm.




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