As a non-profit organization, The Salvation Army relies heavily on volunteers to accomplish the work of "Giving Hope Today". Often referred to as "the army behind The Army" volunteers provide critical support to Salvation Army officers and staff.
The Salvation Army recruits, trains and utilizes volunteers in every aspect of emergency response. There are various opportunities for you to become involved in serving the community through Emergency Disaster Services including but not limited to: drivers, food preparation and handling, crisis intervention, chaplaincy, and advocacy, as well as assisting with the leadership and organization of the Army's response.
In the event of a local or national disaster, The Salvation Army sends pre-trained, pre-approved volunteers to the disaster site. Operational needs normally include, but are not limited to, Community Response Units (canteens), fixed-feeding facilities, emotional and spiritual care, distribution centres, disaster assistance centres, warehousing, and finance & administration.
Volunteers who have received proper training in advance, receive priority when requesting to be sent to the disaster site. The process to become a trained emergency disaster services volunteer begins by contacting your local Salvation Army office. They will require a background check in order to be an emergency disaster volunteer.
All volunteers are provided with training according to their area(s) of interest, experience and skills.
ON-LINE Disaster Services Volunteer Registration
Individuals interested in volunteering may also fill out our on-line disaster worker profile and registration form below and return to:
The Salvation Army
Emergency Disaster Services
Ontario Great Lakes Division
371 King St
London ON N6B 1S4
Do not travel to the disaster site on your own, without being deployed by a local Salvation Army office. There is limited food, water and lodging in the area, and we cannot guarantee that we will have any of those provisions for you. Do contact your local Salvation Army office or fill out the online registration form to apply.