Training opportunities to become a Twin Cities disaster volunteer
Written by Julie Borgen, Twin Cities Media Relations Director for The Salvation Army Northern Division
Roseville, Minn. – The Twin Cities Salvation Army is seeking volunteers to work with their Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) team in the south metro. Volunteers would cover areas like Eagan, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Lakeville, Rosemount and Savage, among others. (Interested in volunteering outside of the Twin Cities? We need you, too. Learn more about getting started elsewhere.)
“The Salvation Army supports law enforcement and the community during times of disaster,” explained Jim Daly, EDS volunteer for more than 17 years. “We are there after a fire, or flooding or when severe weather hits. We serve food and drinks, we help with clean-up and provide emotional and spiritual care for those who need it.”
Free training is provided at The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters, 2445 Prior Ave. N. in Roseville. The following classes are required for disaster volunteers:
- Intro to The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services, June 6, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
- Safe From Harm, June 8, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- ServSafe, June 13, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
- Disaster Food Service and Canteen Operations, June 15, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Learn more about the classes and register online or by calling 612-799-1701 .
About the Twin Cities Salvation Army
Since 1886 the Twin Cities Salvation Army has been a safety net for thousands of people, providing food, housing, financial assistance and more, without discrimination. Each year we serve 187,000 people in the metro area, providing 1,300 hot meals daily and sheltering nearly 900 every night. The Salvation Army relies on 20,500 volunteers who give 160,000 hours of service annually. Please join The Salvation Army by volunteering or making a donation to support your local community.