Volunteers have been vital to The Salvation Army since the very beginning. In fact, the name came about in 1878 when William Booth adapted it from a phrase he read in a report describing the organization as a "volunteer army." Our small staff of 65 does its work supported by more than 10,000 dedicated volunteers.

Red Kettle

Red Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettle campaign started in 1891.The image continues to inspire the public to give change to make a change. (Read about The Origin of the Christmas Kettles.)

The traditional red bells have been ringing in Memphis for more than 100 years and continue to be The Salvation Army's largest annual fundraiser. Proceeds are critical to providing programs and services throughout the year.

Ringing six days a week from mid-November through Christmas Eve requires hundreds of volunteers, organized in shifts by Day Captains. To serve, call Stacie Glover at (901) 543-8586.

Download this form to sign up to volunteer: Click here

Can't find the time to Ring the Bell this year? Set up an Online Red Kettle.

The Online Red kettle expands our iconic campaign for today’s online world. Linking with your Facebook and Twitter accounts, the program is simple to use, allowing you to ring out to your friends and family from your desktop or mobile device. Host your own Online Red Kettle at www.onlineredkettle.org.

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Angel Tree

Delivering Christmas magic to 5000 disadvantaged children and seniors requires many helping hands. 

  • Adopt an Angel 2016 Dates TBD at any of our Angel Tree mall partners:

Carrefour at Kirby Woods, 6685 Poplar & Kirby, 38138

Hickory Ridge Mall, 6075 Winchester Rd., 38115

Oak Court Mall, 4465 Poplar, 38117

Wolfchase Galleria, 2760 N. Germantown Parkway, 38133

  • Be a Group Adopter. Mobilize your business, civic group or team to adopt 15+ Angels. 

Call Diane King (901) 260-9122.

  • Help with Angel Tree operations by serving as: 

Phone bank operator

Screening counselor

Label and bag packer

Mall attendant

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Volunteers are needed throughout the year at the Purdue Center of Hope to:

  • Clean outside areas (rake leaves, pick up trash, etc.)
  • Host a party or game night for the women and children in our three shelter programs.

Group service projects are perfect for organizations: schools, churches, businesses, sororities, fraternities.

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Give, Pray, Serve

Active volunteer opportunities for the under-50 set. Bell ringing, group projects and family nights at the Purdue Center of Hope. To learn more, contact aaron_keegan@uss.salvationarmy.org.