Volunteer

Here at The Salvation Army, we truly value our volunteers and realize they are a gift from God. Our volunteers enable us to function effectively and efficiently in everything we do from feeding the homeless a hot meal to tutoring students in our after-school program, attending to disasters as they strike to manning an Angel Tree booth during Christmas.

We know that volunteers choose to donate their time and talents to us and that does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. We are here to encourage our volunteers and provide them with the tools and training they need and support them at all times.

If you’re considering volunteering with us, we’d love to hear from you and get you involved! Contact Misty Ratcliff, our Director of Volunteer Services at 615-242-0411 x109 or email her at Misty.Ratcliff@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Check out our volunteer opportunities below and see what interests you! We hope to see you soon!

Current Opportunities:

After School Program –  Children, ages 6-13, have the opportunity to participate in activities such as homework help,  arts and crafts, outdoor sports and games, music and life skills learning classes. The program runs Monday – Friday when school is in session from 4 to 6pm. We are looking for volunteers to come for a minimum of 1 day a week. There is a background check and small training required before you can volunteer.

*Groups/Individuals interested in providing special activities will need to gain approval prior to coming.

Music Program Volunteers – We are in need of musically inclined volunteers to assist in teaching our future musicians! This is Nashville, and we know some of you have musical talents that you’d love to share with our kids!

The Volunteer Music Instructor must be:

  • At least eighteen years old, and be able to work well with children.
  • Interested in and knowledgeable about music. The ability to read/write music is a plus!
  • Available from 1 to 4 pm for a minimum of 1 to 3 days per week.
  • Able to pass a background check, and take a 20 minute online training course in their own time.

This individual will report directly to the Music Director.

ESL Class Instructors – Immigrants and Refugees attend ESL classes to reach their long term goals. Many students are in this class to get a better job, enroll in higher education, and get involved in their children’s education. The ESL Teacher plays a vital role in supporting immigrants and refugees in learning about American culture and education.

Duties Include:

  1. Observe ESL Class prior to volunteering
  2. Attend volunteer orientation and training
  3. Reviewing weekly lesson plans provided by the ESL Coordinator
  4. Execute lesson based off of lesson plan and activities provided for designated level

Commitment Required:

  1. The ESL Classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and there is a 6 week commitment to teaching.
  2. Volunteers cannot miss more than 1 out of the 6 week volunteer commitment so as to ensure an excellent education experience for students. If the volunteer knows that on Tuesday he/she will have a workplace or personal interference that could cause multiple absences or tardiness please immediately contact the ESL Coordinator.
  3. The teacher/facilitator does not need to know a second language to volunteer.

 

Family Store Opportunities 

Media / Book Sorters: Book, Movie, and Music Lovers needed to check items for tears, stains, or other damage. Wipe each item down to make sure it is clean and ready to be priced. Volunteers then stock the shelves with items that have been priced by staff. We plan to create a special space for book lovers! Schedule is flexible Monday-Saturday between 10am and 6pm.

Clothing & Accessories Processor: Do you have an eye for fashion? Do you know what’s in style today? Or, do you just enjoy clothes, shoes, purses and other accessories? We need volunteers to sort, inspect, and take items to sales floor. Hours are flexible Monday – Saturday between 10am to 6pm.

Electronics Sorter: Our Electronics Department is looking for volunteers who like to make sure things work. You will take all donated electronics, plug them in and test to make sure they are functioning before they hit the sales floor. Schedule is flexible Monday – Saturday between 10am and 6pm.

Housewares Inspector:  Housewares department volunteers are needed to inspect, test, and  wipe-down before they head to the sales floor. Schedule is flexible Monday – Saturday between 10am and 6pm.

Home Furnishings: Do you have good taste in furniture? Do you know what’s in style today? Or, do you just enjoy tables, couches, bed sets, desk, and wall art? Volunteers will inspect, and take any priced items to the sales floor. This department also processes large appliances like stoves, washers and dryers, and refrigerators. Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds. Scheduling is flexible Monday – Saturday 10am to 6pm.

Food Pantry Assistance

In East Nashville, we need help to unload our food delivery and restock our shelves on Friday from 8:30 to 11:30am.  We can use volunteers most any Friday!

Please remember food boxes can be heavy (25 to 50 pounds) so make sure you are up to that kind of lifting. We don’t want anyone to get hurt! Age Limit is 15 preferred.

Homeless Outreach – We continue our weekly Friday Night feeding under the Jefferson Street Bridge. This program is very important to our Street Family as it provides a hot meal and a time for fellowship every week. We were averaging around 200 people every Friday night in June. As always we welcome anyone who would like to join us to contact Misty and she will be happy to get you details on when and where we meet. If you would like to bring something with you to hand out bottled water, fresh fruit, milk, snacks, etc are always greatly welcomed by those we serve.

Youth Group Guitar Instructor – Our South Nashville Corps Center provides music classes for their Youth group. We are looking for volunteers with intermediate to advanced guitar skills that can commit to at least a bi-weekly schedule. Must be proficent in playing guitar, reading and teaching sheet music, and patient with children. Music education background is a bonus!

Character Building Program Volunteers –  Character Building Programs meet on Fridays 5:00pm – 7:00pm.
We need as many as four teachers are needed for five separate age groups:
1. boys/girls ages 4 years – 6 years
2. boys ages 7 years – 11 years
3. girls ages 7 years – 11 years
4. boys ages 12 years – 16 years
5. girls ages 12 years – 16 years
Teachers facilitate learning with activities such as crafts, games, and a short devotional.
Supplies and instructions provided.

Disaster Services – We need volunteers that can serve locally, regionally  and nationally when disaster strikes! Our volunteers serve thousands of meals, and offer countless prayers when called into action.  Please contact our Volunteer Director to find out more information on how you can assist during disasters.

Internships – We have several opportunities for students to gain experience in our intern program.  Call for details.

Seasonal Opportunities:

Angel Tree

Client Interviewers
Volunteers are needed weekdays from October 10th through October 28th to assist in taking applications for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. Families must be interviewed to determine whether they meet the criteria. Volunteers may also help organize the warehouse where gifts will be stored.

Shifts occur 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:30pm-4:00pm Monday through Friday, with an additional 5:30pm-7:00pm shift on Thursdays. We will provide either online or in-person training on the system used to take applications. We can have up to 20 people per shift.

Mall Booth Workers
Volunteers are needed to staff The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree booths from November 12th through December 10th at Coolsprings Galleria, The Rivergate Mall, and The Mall at Green Hills. Volunteers will distribute angels from the Angel Tree, keep a record of who the Angel was assigned to, and collect the gifts as they are returned for each Angel.

Shifts are Monday through Saturday from 10:00am-2:00pm, 2:00pm-6:00pm, 6:00pm-9:00pm; and Sundays 12:00pm-3:00pm and 3:00pm-6:00pm. Two to four volunteers are needed per shift, depending on the date.

Warehouse Workers
The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program has a need for both individuals and groups who can work at various tasks in our warehouse. Volunteers are needed November 3rd through December 2nd, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (multiple shifts are available). Volunteers are also needed December 4th through December 17th, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (multiple shifts are available). Children ages 12 through 14 can participate with a parent. Children age 15 and up can volunteer by themselves. Spaces will be limited based on the date.

Tasks may include:
– placing labels on Angel Tree tags;
– laying lines for family bags in warehouse;
– placing labels on family bags;
– organizing the Forgotten Angel Toy Store; and
– sorting gifts that are returned from the mall and placing in family bags – supplementing from our Toy Store as needed.

Special accommodations may be able to be made for younger children’s groups. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Distribution
The Salvation Army is in need of volunteers to assist in distributing the gifts to the Angel Tree families. The families will come to our warehouse beginning on December 19th and we need volunteers to assist in locating their gifts and helping them take the gifts to their cars. The shifts are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. We need 40 people per shift.

Kettles-005Red Kettle Bell Ringers

It seems too simple…right? How does spending a few hours ringing a bell at one of our Red Kettles help fight poverty?

Because we cannot fight poverty alone. We need volunteers like you to help us man as many Red Kettles through Davidson County and surrounding areas, to collect as many donations as we can, to continue funding the vital programs that are providing the hope, the basic necessities, and the tools to fight poverty and win. You can volunteer as an individual or group to ring a bell at one of our kettle locations for a few hours one day, or a few hours on many days throughout the Kettle season.

18% of people in Davidson County live below the poverty line and 25% of children are on a reduced lunch program. By donating a few hours of your time, you can begin to help reduce those numbers!


Many other opportunities are on the rise! Please contact the Director of Volunteer Services with any questions on how you can get involved!

Contact Misty Ratcliff, our Director of Volunteer Services at 615-242-0411 x109 or email her at Misty.Ratcliff @uss.salvationarmy.org