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 Salvation Army.

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 professional/civic group. 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


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 contact 813-226-0055.

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 contact 813-226-0055.

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 contact, Angel Tree Coordinator Captain Abby Miller at 813-226-0169 or abby.miller@uss.salvationarmy.org.


Meal Prep & Service: Monday-Friday  2-7 p.m. @ 1603 N. Florida Ave. Tampa, FL 33602

We feed about 225 people in our emergency and transitional shelters each day, and we need individuals and groups willing to help with food prep and/or service. For more information contact 813-226-0055.

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING: MONDAY-FRIDAY, 8 A.M.- 4 P.M. @ 1603 N. Florida Ave. Tampa, FL 33602

The women’s transitional facility needs front desk help, which include maintaining residents’ entry logs, answering telephone calls, assisting in laundry and computer rooms, greeting and directing visitors, and filing log information. For more information contact 813-226-0055.

THE CLOTHES CLOSET: TUESDAY AND THURSDAY 10A.M. – 2P.M. @ 1603 N. Florida Ave. Tampa, FL 33602

Clothing Closet responsibilities include sorting, organizing and hanging clothing, assisting women in clothes
selection and logging clothing disbursement information. For more information contact 813-226-0055.

Sustainable Living Project: Tuesdays & Thursdays starting at 4:30 p.m. & Saturdays
starting at 9:30 a.m. @ 918 W. Sligh Ave. Tampa, FL 33604

We have partnered with Chase Bank, Tampa Bay Harvest, Wigwam Organics, and other community sponsors to create a Sustainable Community Garden, where we raise food for the local food banks in town. We have recently
put in tilapia tanks and chickens, and we could use as many willing hands as possible. Responsibilities vary: digging, weeding, mulching, harvesting. All food goes to local feeding programs. For more information contact 813-226-0055.

Fall Carnival: Saturday, October 17, @ 1100 W. Sligh Ave. Tampa, FL 33604

We have a huge outreach for the neighborhood with a large carnival and free eats and help is always appreciated in setting up. For more information contact, College/Youth Ministries Director Tonya Stickney at 813- 549-0624.

Angel Tree Tag Preparation, Toyshop Set Up, and Gift Distribution, November & December

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 contact 813-226-0055.

Ring the Bell at a Red Kettle, November & December

Synonymous with the Christmas season, ringing the bell at a Red Kettle has been a Salvation Army tradition since 1895. Red Kettle proceeds help us provide meals, shelter, clothing, and holiday assistance for needy Hillsborough County families throughout the year.

The 2014 Red Kettle campaign will begin Nov. 14th at local retailers and run through Christmas Eve. 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 contact 813-226-0055.



If you would like to give a monetary gift The Salvation Army, please contact Jayson Wires For more information contact 813-226-0055 or email at jayson.wires@uss.salvationarmy.org