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Help us continue to serve vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Updated July 1, 2020

Click Here for More COVID-19 Program Updates > When the “Shelter-In-Place” has been fully lifted, our regular Volunteer Opportunities will resume. Volunteers MUST meet age requirements (listed below).

San Jose Opportunities

Kitchen Helper at Senior Nutrition Center

  • Dates & Times: Monday - Friday, 9 - 11 a.m.
  • Description: For the first hour, cut veggies and complete other food prep. Then, from 10 - 11 a.m., pack lunches into food containers for to-go distribution to seniors.
  • Requirements: Complete volunteer waiver prior to participation. Must follow all directions of social distancing, wear face masks, washing hands, sanitizing, cough, and sneeze protocol. Ages 18-59 only (will restart ages 16+ once approval is given).

Office Volunteer

  • Dates & Times: Monday - Friday, start either 8:45 a.m - 12:15 p.m., or 12:45 - 3 p.m.
  • Description: Help answer phones, enter data, make labels for client folders, filing, bus pass sales, issue clothing vouchers, help translate or communicate as needed with clients and caseworkers. Volunteers are asked to be flexible as each day/shift will be geared to whatever the priority is at that moment. Let us know if you are a bilingual and what language(s) you speak fluently. It’s not mandatory to be bilingual.
  • Requirements: Complete volunteer waiver prior to participation. Must follow all directions of social distancing, wear face masks, washing hands, sanitizing, cough, and sneeze protocol. Ages 18-59 only. Let us know if you willing to volunteer outside in contact with clients or only inside with staff, both with safety protocols in place.

Kitchen Helper at Senior Nutrition Center

  • Dates & Times: Monday - Friday, 9 - 11 a.m.
  • Description: For the first hour, cut veggies and complete other food prep. Then, from 10 - 11 a.m., pack lunches into food containers for to-go distribution to seniors.
  • Requirements: Complete volunteer waiver prior to participation. Must follow all directions of social distancing, wear face masks, washing hands, sanitizing, cough, and sneeze protocol. Ages 18-59 only (will restart ages 16+ once approval is given).

Food Box Distribution - Drive-Thru & Walk-Thru

  • Dates & Times: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Description: Food Box Distribution: As people drive thru or walk up, volunteers load food boxes into their cars or carts. This role is physical, requiring volunteers who are strong, healthy and who can abide by the required procedures of social distancing, hand washing/sanitizing, wearing of face masks and gloves. Packing Food Bags: The food bags have been pre-packed, but future shipments might require our volunteers to pack instead. Special Projects: From time to time we may need to switch volunteers to help with a different project. We ask volunteers to be flexible and to help as part of a team. Clean-up: Break down of tables, sweep, sanitize, and move food into storage. If you are bilingual, let me know and you might be stationed at one of the check- in areas to help answer questions, tally visits and direct traffic flow.
  • Requirements: Complete volunteer waiver prior to participation and attend a 15-20 minute volunteer orientation at least two days before volunteering. Must follow all directions of social distancing, wear face masks, washing hands, sanitizing, cough, and sneeze protocol. Ages 18-59 only (will restart ages 14+ once approval is given).

Next Steps for All Volunteers:

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Liway Gimenez, via email at liwayway.gimenez@usw.salvationarmy.org to schedule a Volunteer Orientation Meeting held during the days/times listed below. Please wait for email confirmation to attend. You will need to bring your completed Volunteer Waiver, along with a picture CA Drivers License or ID to the meeting (lasts about 20 minutes).

I currently have the following days/times available for orientation. If you need a different time let me know:

  • Monday: 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday: 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12 noon
  • Thursday: 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

Meeting Address: The Salvation Army, Administration Office, 359 N. 4th Street, SJ, CA 95112. Go to Administration Front Office, entrance is nearest flagpole. Go through blue iron gate and enter door to your right. Ring bell on counter and someone will contact me. If you have any problems parking or getting to the office, call 408-750-9128.

Parking: The Food Box Distribution Drive-by/Walk-thru might make it difficult to park in our parking lot. We highly recommend parking on the street.