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If you’re looking for a way to give back to our community, join us! There are many ways you can help us Do the Most Good for those in need in Licking County.

Volunteer opportunities 

  • Feeding programs
  • Choice pantry
  • Help Youth
  • Red Kettle Bell Ringer
  • Christmas Cheer 

Contact us to volunteer! 

Feeding Programs
The Salvation Army feeds an average of 100 people a nutritious meal every day. We rely on volunteers to prepare and serve these meals. Sign up for an hour, a day or a repeating volunteer shift.



  •    Soup Kitchen 

Dates/Times: Daily from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 5:30–6:30 p.m.

  •    Summer Food Program

Dates/Times: June-August from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

  •    Homeless Shelter 

Dates/Times: Everyday from 5-7 p.m. 

Choice Pantry
Families in need can visit our Choice Pantry to get a 3-day supply of groceries. Volunteers help keep our shelves stocked and assist clients. Sign up for an hour, a day or a repeating volunteer shift.

Dates/Times: Monday and Friday from 1-2:45 p.m.                                               Tuesday –Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Help Youth
The Salvation Army has after-school and evening programs for youth in our community. Volunteers are needed to tutor and mentor children. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Because these opportunities work directly with minor children, a current Ohio BCI/ FBI background check is required.

Red Kettle Bell Ringer
The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign is our largest annual fundraiser. We have 12 locations throughout Licking County. This opportunity is great for families and groups. Shifts are a minimum of 4 hours.

Dates/Times: Mondays-Saturdays from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. Shifts available from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Christmas Cheer
The Salvation Army has the largest holiday toy and food distribution in Licking County. We provide assistance to over 1,000 families each year. Available opportunities are listed below.

  •    Angel Tree

Volunteers can help distribute tags from our Angel Tree in Indian Mound Mall.

Dates/Times: Nov. 28-Dec. 18. Shifts are available everyday.

  •    Adopt-A-Family

Provide Christmas for a family through our Adopt-A-Family program. Individuals, churches and businesses can purchase gifts for a specific family for the holidays.

Dates/Times: Nov. 1-Dec. 10

  •     Food, Clothing and/or Toy Drive

Help us provide gifts and food for families in need by holding a clothing or toy drive at your business, school or church. The toys and clothing fill our Toy Shop.

Dates/Times: Nov. 1-Dec. 10

  •    Christmas Cheer Registration

Parents who need a little help with Christmas apply for our Christmas Cheer Program. Volunteers work with the parents to determine eligibility.

Dates/Times: Oct. 23-Nov. 23 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

  •    Toy Shop Volunteers 

As part of our Christmas Cheer Program, parents can shop in our Toy Shop, made up of donated toys and clothes, to choose gifts for their children. Volunteers are needed to help sort toys and clothing, assemble the Toy Shop and help parents shop on Distribution Days. 

Dates/Times: Set-up: Dec. 2-10. Distribution Days: Dec. 19-21