The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division is the largest direct provider of social services to people in need in the Greater Chicago area, and has been serving for more than 125 years. We make an impact every day in three key areas of critical importance and concern to people across Chicagoland – homelessness, violent crime and education.
We take a holistic approach to Doing the Most Good where there is the most need, without discrimination, whether it be disaster relief, emergency assistance, substance abuse rehabilitation or educational programs for children.
The bell ringing season starts each November and runs through Christmas Eve, when the red kettles are packed away for the season. 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, or shelter an individual for a night.
Multiple dates, times and locations are available throughout the city. You will receive a follow-up email to schedule your service time. In most areas you can sign up for a minimum shift of two hours.