Become a Disaster Volunteer

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    From its inception, The Salvation Army has relied heavily on volunteers who support its programs. Often referred to as “the army behind The Army,” volunteers play a crucial role in response efforts during a disaster by positively impacting the lives of those involved. The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services is always looking for individuals ready to make a significant contribution through supporting communities, uplifting families or serving front-line responders in the wake of a crisis.


    In the event of a large scale or national disaster, The Salvation Army sends pre-trained, pre-approved volunteers to the disaster site for a two-week deployment, which includes 12 full working days and approximately 2 travel days. Operational needs normally include, but are not limited to the services found above.

    Travel, lodging and meal costs are generally provided by The Salvation Army for approved volunteers able to deploy for the entire 2 week period. Volunteers typically live in temporary lodging which may be as rudimentary as tented-housing, or could be hotel lodging with shared, double-occupancy rooms. Volunteers who have received proper training in advance, receive priority when requesting to be sent to the disaster site.

    Please visit to see all upcoming local training opportunities.


    Do not travel to the disaster site on your own, without being deployed by a local Salvation Army Volunteer Coordinator. There is limited food, water and lodging in the area, and we cannot guarantee that we will have any of those provisions for you. Please contact your local Salvation Army corps office to apply.