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Volunteering

It’s the kindhearted volunteers like you who help us fulfill our promise to serve the community and do the most good in the Rochester area. Use the arrows below to reveal details about the current opportunities and sign up online, when offered.

For most volunteer opportunities you will need to download, complete and return our general volunteer application form. Please note that the Good Samaritan Health Clinic opportunities require a specific, downloadable form as indicated below.

 

Bell Ringing and Seasonal

Bell Ringing

As an annual Salvation Army tradition, we have more than 8,000 bell ringing hours to fill with volunteers each year. Volunteers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises about $30 per hour – enough to provide a family with two bags of groceries. Outdoor and indoor locations are available. Our Bell Ringing Calendar is currently open to the public. Call 507-288-3663 to volunteer to ring the bells or sign up online for a bell ringing shift.

Christmas Administrator

We need dedicated, scheduled volunteers to help with the coordination of our red kettles. Volunteers should have phone and very simple data entry skills.

Christmas Application Processing

Put your computer skills to work to assist area families as they apply for Christmas program assistance. Volunteers work on computers to process program applications for families with limited means by signing them up to receive toys, clothing, or other donated gifts. The program is straight-forward and rewarding; people skills are a must. Call 507-288-3663 to volunteer.

Thanksgiving Day Meal Service

Volunteers help serve the free Thanksgiving community meal. We are currently registering volunteers for this event. Call 507-288-3663 to volunteer. 

CANS Film Festival Food Drive

Volunteers help distribute posters for the annual CANS File Festival Food Drive at Wehrenberg Theaters each December. We are currently accepting volunteers for this event. Call 507-288-3663 to volunteer.

Children’s Shopping Trip

Capture some of the excitement of the holidays by taking an 8- or 9-year-old child shopping. Together you will board a bus and head to Shopko where you will both shop for members of the child’s immediate family. The Salvation Army provides funds for gifts based on the size of the family. Children and volunteers then return to The Salvation Army, where they wrap their gifts and have a snack before parents pick up their kids. Click here to view the application for this event. Completed applications can be sent to Cindy Norgard at 20 NE 1st Ave. Rochester, MN.

Toy & Joy Shop

Shoppers, this is for you. Volunteers are paired one-to-one with families to take them shopping through new toys, clothes, books and games donated to the Rochester Salvation Army. The volunteer will assist the parents in finding age-appropriate items and the correct number of items for each child in the family. We are currently registering volunteers for this event. Call 507-288-3663 to volunteer.

Christmas Day Meal Service

Volunteers help serve the free Christmas Day community meal. We are currently registering volunteers for this event. Call 507-288-3663 to volunteer.

 

Store Volunteers

Rochester North Store

A volunteer is needed to help The Salvation Army Thrift Store receive and/or sort donations. Volunteers will be directly supervised by the Thrift Store management. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age or supervised by an adult.

Specific Duties: Volunteers can major in one of the areas defined below, and assist in the other when needed

  • Donation Receiving – Gather product at donation dock and receipt those donating
  • Donation Sorting/Placement – sort donated merchandise and prepare merchandise for the selling floor (hang, price, and/or fold merchandise)
  • Arrange and straighten merchandise on the sales floor.
  • Keep various areas of store neat, orderly, and uncluttered.

Qualifications Sought:

  • Respect for people of all races, cultures, religions, and backgrounds
  • Strong inter-personal skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to lift at least 10 lbs or more
  • Ability to stand for duration of shift
  • Retail experience is helpful, but not required

Benefits: 

  • Giving back to the community – play an important role in the maintenance and appearance of the Thrift Store
  • Serving the under-resourced of Olmsted County
  • Volunteers gain retail experience
  • Opportunity to meet other like-minded volunteers
  • Fun and fast paced environment

Training and/or Screening Requirements: 

  • One-on-one orientation and procedures training will be provided in the Thrift Store.
  • All volunteers must complete an application and be cleared by the Rochester volunteer services department prior to beginning their service.
  • Blood borne Pathogens Exposure Risk: Risk Level 1 (see Salvation Army Volunteer Manual) – The duties of this position create no expectation of exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.

Length of Commitment: Flexible on a regular and on-going basis; preferably 1-2 shifts per month.

Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  |  Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  |  Closed Sunday

Location: 4921 W. Frontage Road NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Phone: 507-258-6555

Rochester South Store

A volunteer is needed to help The Salvation Army Thrift Store receive and/or sort donations. Volunteers will be directly supervised by the Thrift Store management. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age or supervised by an adult.

Specific Duties: Volunteers can major in one of the areas defined below, and assist in the other when needed

  • Donation Receiving – Gather product at donation dock and receipt those donating
  • Donation Sorting/Placement – sort donated merchandise and prepare merchandise for the selling floor (hang, price, and/or fold merchandise)
  • Arrange and straighten merchandise on the sales floor.
  • Keep various areas of store neat, orderly, and uncluttered.

Qualifications Sought:

  • Respect for people of all races, cultures, religions, and backgrounds
  • Strong inter-personal skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to lift at least 10 lbs or more
  • Ability to stand for duration of shift
  • Retail experience is helpful, but not required

Benefits: 

  • Giving back to the community – play an important role in the maintenance and appearance of the Thrift Store
  • Serving the under-resourced of Olmsted County
  • Volunteers gain retail experience
  • Opportunity to meet other like-minded volunteers
  • Fun and fast paced environment

Training and/or Screening Requirements: 

  • One-on-one orientation and procedures training will be provided in the Thrift Store.
  • All volunteers must complete an application and be cleared by the Rochester volunteer services department prior to beginning their service.
  • Blood borne Pathogens Exposure Risk: Risk Level 1 (see Salvation Army Volunteer Manual) – The duties of this position create no expectation of exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.

Length of Commitment: Flexible on a regular and on-going basis; preferably 1-2 shifts per month.

Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  |  Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  |  Closed Sunday

Location: 201 Ninth St. SE, Rochester, MN 55904

Phone: 507-281-1561

Red Wing Store

A volunteer is needed to help The Salvation Army Thrift Store receive and/or sort donations. Volunteers will be directly supervised by the Thrift Store management. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age or supervised by an adult.

Specific Duties: Volunteers can major in one of the areas defined below, and assist in the other when needed

  • Donation Receiving – Gather product at donation dock and receipt those donating
  • Donation Sorting/Placement – sort donated merchandise and prepare merchandise for the selling floor (hang, price, and/or fold merchandise)
  • Arrange and straighten merchandise on the sales floor.
  • Keep various areas of store neat, orderly, and uncluttered.

Qualifications Sought:

  • Respect for people of all races, cultures, religions, and backgrounds
  • Strong inter-personal skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to lift at least 10 lbs or more
  • Ability to stand for duration of shift
  • Retail experience is helpful, but not required

Benefits: 

  • Giving back to the community – play an important role in the maintenance and appearance of the Thrift Store
  • Serving the under-resourced of Olmsted County
  • Volunteers gain retail experience
  • Opportunity to meet other like-minded volunteers
  • Fun and fast paced environment

Training and/or Screening Requirements: 

  • One-on-one orientation and procedures training will be provided in the Thrift Store.
  • All volunteers must complete an application and be cleared by the Rochester volunteer services department prior to beginning their service.
  • Blood borne Pathogens Exposure Risk: Risk Level 1 (see Salvation Army Volunteer Manual) – The duties of this position create no expectation of exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.

Length of Commitment: Flexible on a regular and on-going basis; preferably 1-2 shifts per month.

Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  |  Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  |  Closed Sunday

Location: 501 Plum St.Red Wing, MN 55066

Phone: 651-388-9270

Winona Store

A volunteer is needed to help The Salvation Army Thrift Store receive and/or sort donations. Volunteers will be directly supervised by the Thrift Store management. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age or supervised by an adult.

Specific Duties: Volunteers can major in one of the areas defined below, and assist in the other when needed

  • Donation Receiving – Gather product at donation dock and receipt those donating
  • Donation Sorting/Placement – sort donated merchandise and prepare merchandise for the selling floor (hang, price, and/or fold merchandise)
  • Arrange and straighten merchandise on the sales floor.
  • Keep various areas of store neat, orderly, and uncluttered.

Qualifications Sought:

  • Respect for people of all races, cultures, religions, and backgrounds
  • Strong inter-personal skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to lift at least 10 lbs or more
  • Ability to stand for duration of shift
  • Retail experience is helpful, but not required

Benefits: 

  • Giving back to the community – play an important role in the maintenance and appearance of the Thrift Store
  • Serving the under-resourced of Olmsted County
  • Volunteers gain retail experience
  • Opportunity to meet other like-minded volunteers
  • Fun and fast paced environment

Training and/or Screening Requirements: 

  • One-on-one orientation and procedures training will be provided in the Thrift Store.
  • All volunteers must complete an application and be cleared by the Rochester volunteer services department prior to beginning their service.
  • Blood borne Pathogens Exposure Risk: Risk Level 1 (see Salvation Army Volunteer Manual) – The duties of this position create no expectation of exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.

Length of Commitment: Flexible on a regular and on-going basis; preferably 1-2 shifts per month.

Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  |  Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  |  Closed Sunday

Location: 1443 W. Service Drive, Winona, MN 55987

Phone: 507-474-2400

 

Special Programs and Events

Taste of the Town Culinary Event

After over 30 years, the Taste of the Town culinary event may need volunteers to help on the first Sunday of March, each year. Helpers will assist with the silent auction, set-up, serving, table busing and more. Please check back in early 2017 for details.

Salvation Army Donut Day

Its roots began in World War I and The Salvation Army Donut Day has been the first Friday in June each year since 1938. More information to come about this event and the local volunteer needs for our 2017 version of Donut Day.

 

Food Distribution

Food Shelf Helper

We are looking for volunteers who enjoy meeting people and who can check them in to the simple computer system that manages the downtown Salvation Army food shelf. As a satellite of Channel One Regional Food Bank we will need you for only a few hours per week, consistently, to assist in this important food distribution task. Minimal computer experience and training is required and supplied. Contact Cindy Norgard for details Cindy_Norgard@usc.salvationarmy.org 507-424-4186.

When: Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m and/or  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: The Salvation Army Administration building, 120 First St. NE, Rochester

 

Professional Health Services

Receptionist (Good Samaritan Health Clinic)

Would you like to assist under-served and less fortunate individuals and families obtain basic health care? As a volunteer receptionist at the Good Samaritan Health Clinic (GSHC) you will check in patients, assist patients in filling out forms, find patient charts and bring them to staff and professional volunteers, help room patients, assemble new charts and make appropriate copies, answer the phone and fill in where needed. You may work with Mayo Clinic doctors, area dentists or other healthcare professionals.

We need an adult volunteer to help with reception duties one-half day per week. Volunteer must remain confidential, non-judgmental and foster the physical, emotional, spiritual and social well-being of all individuals, in accordance with the healing ministry of GSHC. Volunteers must also demonstrate respect for persons of all races, cultures, religions, and backgrounds, ability to work in potentially stressful environments, have the ability to properly organize work, take directions well and work in a collaborative environment. An application process is required and orientation provided.

Please call our Good Samaritan Health Clinic for more information, or to sign up to volunteer at 507-424-4196.

When:  Tuesdays 8:00 a.m. to Noon

Where:  Good Samaritan Health Clinic – Castleview Apartments building, 120 N. Broadway, Rochester

Medical Clinic Volunteer

Make a world of difference in the lives of working families and underserved individuals in our community at the Good Samaritan Medical Clinic. Medical professionals and adults without a medical background are needed to ensure our clients get the medical care they seek. We need volunteers for data entry, nurses and pharmacy techs. A volunteer application and background check are required, and orientation and training are provided. Please call our Good Samaritan Health Clinic for more information, or to sign up to volunteer at 507-424-4196.

When: Flexible, Monday – Friday and generally 4 – 7 p.m. Special clinic days and times may vary.

Where: Good Samaritan Health Clinic – Castleview Apartments building, 120 N. Broadway, Rochester

Dental Clinic Administrative Volunteer

Administrative help is needed to help the Good Samaritan Dental Clinic operate. You will be serving people who are under-insured or uninsured. Help is needed during “off clinic” times, as well as during clinics. Work with like-minded area professionals, students, and retirees. Please call our Good Samaritan Health Clinic for more information, or to sign up to volunteer at 507-424-4196.

When: Hours vary. Call for details.

Where: Good Samaritan Health Clinic – Castleview Apartments building, 120 N. Broadway, Rochester

 

Meal Serving

Monday Meal Serving Groups

Do you have a group of six to eight motivated individuals looking for an outreach opportunity? The Rochester Salvation Army feeds a nutritious hot meal to an average of 40-70 people each Monday evening. You will set up under the guidance of our cook, serve the meal, wash dishes (industrial dishwasher!) clean and reset the room for the next day’s lunch, and experience fellowship with our visitors and guests.

Sign up online or call Rebecca Snapp at 507-288-3663 ext. 101

When: Monday, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Where: Community Center lunchroom, 20 NE 1st Ave., Rochester (SE door from parking lot)

 

Care and Service

Caring Partners Adult Day Program

Assist us in increasing the quality of life for adults who are physically and/or mentally challenged through this supportive day program, promoting independence and empowering each client to remain in a community setting. Volunteer to help with daily activities, meals, clean-up or to provide a friendly face to someone special. Download the Caring Partners Adult Day Program Application Form, complete and return the original to our Community Center office, 20 NE 1st Ave., Rochester. Questions? Call Cyndy Gove at 507-288-5191.

When: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., flexible.

Where: Caring Partners Adult Day Program, 115 NE 1st Ave., Rochester

 

Don’t see a volunteer opportunity here for you or have questions? Call us at 507-288-3663. We’ll work to find a place for anyone who wants to help. Whether you have a specific talent to offer or simply an hour of your time, The Salvation Army is the place to turn your passion into action.