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The Salvation Army has changed lives and given hope to countless people throughout the nation. But it never does it alone.

Your time makes a difference for families in need! We have many year-round and seasonal volunteer opportunities available at The Salvation Army. When you join our team of volunteers, you’re helping us build communities where lives are changed and hope is found. Volunteers are one of our strongest resources in meeting the needs of a community. We welcome volunteers 18 and over to serve with us. Unfortunately, due to the nature of our programs, we can not accept volunteers under the age of 18 on-site. We would love for children to volunteer with our Kettle Campaign, Angel Tree, and LemonAiD. Learn more about those programs below. 

For information about general volunteering, please contact Linda Edin at (859) 252-7706, ext. 113 or Linda.Edin@use.salvationarmy.org.

Food Pantry (Monday - Friday: 9:00am -12:00pm)

  • Stock and organize food pantry shelves
  • Pack food bags
  • Organize a food drive. Most needed items include: canned meats, peanut butter, pastas and sauce, rice, canned green vegetables, canned fruits, fruit juices, breakfast cereals, macaroni and cheese, and beef stew

Clothing Center (Monday - Friday:  9:00am - 4:00pm)

  • Hang donated clothing
  • Clean and organize area

Emergency Shelter

  • Assist with meal serving and washing dishes. (Lunch and Dinner)
  • Teach a life skills or education class. We are especially in need of individuals to teach computer classes
  • Volunteer to organize a donation drive. Most needed items include: diapers (all sizes), shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorants, new socks and underwear (all sizes), notebooks, pens, white copy paper for computer lab, towels and washcloths, twin sheets, twin blankets, and pillows

Boys and Girls Club

  • Read and play with children.
  • Tutor children.

Music Programs

  • Assist with children's brass instrument or vocal instruction classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings
  • Volunteer musicians (brass, guitar, percussion, and pianists) are needed for Sunday worship services at 11:00am. For more information, please contact Eddie George at (859) 252-7706, ext. 202 or Eddie.George@use.salvationarmy.org.

Traditional Kettles

The Red Kettle Campaign is The Salvation Army’s largest, yearly annual fundraiser. This campaign raises funds for many of the year-round programs we offer the local community including our Emergency Shelter, Food and Clothing Bank. During the holiday season, volunteer groups are needed in a variety of ways to help make this campaign a success. See these opportunities below to find out how you can help!

  • Kettle Bell Ringers: Ring bells at kettle stands throughout Lexington with your group between November 29th-December 24th. Individuals, church groups, civic clubs, businesses, and families are all welcome to ring the bell at a kettle stand for a day. We request that volunteer groups commit to a four-hour shift.
  • Drivers: Transport bell ringers to their kettle stand during the morning shift (9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.), and transport drivers back to The Salvation Army during the evening shift (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
  • Driver’s Assistant: Ride with drivers during the evening shift (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) to assist in coordinating kettles and bell ringers back to The Salvation Army.  

To volunteer in Lexington or Nicholasville, please contact Krista Whitaker at Krista.Whitaker@use.salvationarmy.org or (859) 252-7706, ext. 117.

To volunteer in Georgetown, please contact their offices at (502) 863-1551.

 

Online Kettles

The Salvation Army's online kettles allow you to raise donations by sharing your online kettle link with your family and friends! 

For information regarding online kettles, please contact Joanna Weaver at Joanna.Weaver@use.salvationarmy.org or (859) 252-7706, ext. 147. 

 

Angel Tree

Angel Tree volunteers are needed at:

  • Fayette Mall to help sign out Angel Tree tags and receive returned gifts
  • the Distribution Center to help organize the gifts once they arrive at the center

 

For more information or to volunteer with our Angel Tree program, please contact Joanna Weaver at (859) 252-7706, ext. 147 or Joanna.Weaver@use.salvationarmy.org.

LemonAiD

LemonAiD supports local homeless children while empowering young people to make a positive difference in our community. By operating a LemonAiD stand during the month of July, kids raise money that supports children staying at The Salvation Army's Emergency Homeless Shelter in Lexington.

For more information about LemonAiD, contact Joanna Weaver at Joanna.Weaver@use.salvationarmy.org or 859-252-7706, ext. 147.