How can I get involved?
You can be a Shield against hunger, homelessness, and
despair by volunteering your time, talents, and resources to support The
We encourage the entire family to volunteer. Students can earn Community Service hours for school by volunteering! (Youths under the age of 16
years must be accompanied by an adult.)
Volunteering is also a great team building
experience for your office or
We have a number of volunteer opportunities year-round, including special holiday opportunities, and we are happy to work with your group to design a special volunteer project that suits your needs.
Host a Drive
Food Thousands of children in
Hillsborough County live in households of poverty and chronic hunger. These
families often must sacrifice nutritious meals for other necessities such as
shelter or medical care. Through the compassion of our supporters, we will
provide food baskets for thousands of hungry families during the holiday season
and beyond. We are happy to send you a list of the most requested grocery items.
For more information, please contact Karen Heinemann, Director of Development,
at 813-224-9119 or by email to Karen_Heinemann@uss.salvationarmy.org.
Toiletries & Linens Each
day, approximately 200 homeless men, women, and children call The Salvation
Army Tampa Area Command home. We are regularly in need of toiletry items, as
well as bed and bath linens. Current needs include: shampoo, conditioner, soap,
deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, disposable razors, shaving cream,
diapers, sunscreen, single sheets and blankets, towels, cleaning products, and paper
products (toilet paper, paper towels, napkins). For more information, please
contact Karen Heinemann at 813-224-9119 or by email to Karen_Heinemann@uss.salvationarmy.org.
Toys for Angel Tree & Stuff-a-Stocking Programs Each year, thousands of needy children in Hillsborough
County receive Christmas gifts (age-appropriate toys, clothing, etc.) through The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program. Families living at or below the poverty
level are eligible to register their children for the program. Host a toy drive
for children up to age 15, or tell us how many needy children you'd like to
"adopt" for Christmas, and we will provide you with Angels including each
child's name, age, clothing and shoe sizes, and dream gift. Or stuff stockings
for children under the age of 10. For more information, please contact Patty harris at 813-226-0055 x 372 or PattyN_Harris@uss.salvationarmy.org.
Gift Wrapping If you'd like to be a volunteer gift wrapper at Westshore Mall or University Mall this year, we could certainly use your help! We'll be offering gift wrapping services from December 1 - December 19. Groups and individuals are welcome to choose a shift and sign up online here:
Holiday Toyshop - Angel Tree Tag Preparation, Toyshop
Set Up, and Gift Distribution Throughout the month of December, The Salvation Army needs
hundreds of volunteers to organize Angel Tree gifts and prepare the Holiday
Toyshop for the gift distribution to needy families. Volunteers are needed
Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Please select your desired day,
and let us know if your group would like to volunteer all day or for a
particular part of the day. For more information, please contact Captain Lauren
Boatman at 813-226-0055 x 220 or Lauren_Boatman@uss.salvationarmy.org.
Ring the Bell at a Red Kettle (through Christmas Eve) Synonymous with the Christmas season, bell ringing has
been a Salvation Army tradition since 1895. Red Kettle proceeds help us provide
meals, shelter, clothing, and holiday assistance for needy families throughout
The 2013 Red Kettle campaign will begin Nov. 15th at local retailers. There is no
bell-ringing on Thanksgiving Day or on Sundays.
We are looking for energetic and compassionate people of
all ages to help us throughout the months of November and December. Groups can
"adopt" a particular Kettle site by volunteering to ring bells at that site
during an established timeframe. You can adopt the site for the entire holiday
season, a week, a weekend, a day. Your group members are welcome to wear Salvation
Army hats and
T-shirts while they ring. Signage is provided for all groups that adopt a
Kettle site. For more information, please contact Captain Lauren Boatman at
813-226-0055 x 220 or Lauren_Boatman@uss.salvationarmy.org.
Individuals and groups can easily register to volunteer online at MeetTheNeed.org using one of the following links (opportunities have been grouped by geographical area):
If you have any questions about the online registration process, please contact Captain Lauren Boatman at Lauren_Boatman@uss.salvationarmy.org or 813-226-0055.
If you would like to discuss a donation of funds or goods
to The Salvation Army, please contact Karen Heinemann at 813-224-9119 or Karen_Heinemann@uss.salvationarmy.org.