Many volunteers are always needed! You can volunteer to ring a bell for a two-hour shift at locations throughout Bloomington-Normal. If you are a member of a club, organization or service group, your group can volunteer to work the entire day (10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.) at one location. Red kettles will be placed throughout Bloomington and Normal beginning November 13 through December 24. We do not ring on Sunday.
The funds raised at the kettle are used throughout the entire year to fund all of The Salvation Army programs including:
Food Pantry, Energy Assistance, Fuel, Medical needs, Holiday Assistance (food and toys), Safe Harbor homeless shelter, Summer Camp, Youth programs
Less than 5 cents of every dollar collected is used for fundraising costs.
To sign up to be a volunteer bell ringer:
visit www.ringbells.org to register to ring bells- if you have questions, call Angie Fulton at (309) 829-9476 x204
You can organize a food drive at your school or office. Food drives throughout the year are so important because the food collected stocks the shelves of our food pantry and is the food distributed in the Christmas Assistance program. The items listed below are the typical items needed.
Jello, Boxed Stuffing, Boxed Potatoes, Boxed Desserts, Gravy Mix, Canned Corn, Canned Green Beans, Canned Yams, Canned Hams, Corn Bread Mix, and Gift cards to Aldi's and Cub Foods
Volunteers will be needed in November and December to sort and organize incoming toys, set up the toy shop, help with the Teen Tree, and help with the toy distribution. The Salvation Army partners with Toys 4 Tots to distribute toys to needy families in McLean County. Toys 4 Tots collects toys, along with The Salvation Army's Angel Tree & Teen Tree.
The Salvation Army distributes these toys.
For each child, parents come to the toyshop and get:
Toys, a bag of books, one family board game, and stocking stuffers
For more information about this program or to volunteer, please contact Joyce Glasscock at (309) 829-9476 x203
Annual Coat Drive
The Slavation Army is looking for coats, hats, mittens and scarves in all sizes this holiday season! This drive begins October 3rd and runs through January 28th. Donations can be dropped off at:
- The Salvation Army, 611 West Washington Street, Bloomington, IL
- All Bloomington/Normal Gold's Gym Locations
- All Bloomington/Normal Commerce Bank Locations
We distribute these coats, hats, and mittens to children and families who are in need of winter clothing. Last year we distributed over 800 coats. For more information about this program, contact Angie Fulton at (309)829-9476, ext. 204.
Coat Distribution - Begins Monday, October 17 [9-Noon, Mondays & Wednesdays only through December 14. Resumes January 1—25.]
What to Bring:
• A photo ID • Social security card(s) for anyone receiving a coat • A current piece of mail
Christmas Assistance (Food, Toys) Sign-Up: Questions? Captain DJ at (309) 829-9476 extension 206.
Friday, November 4 9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 5 1:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.
What to Bring:
• Photo identification • Proof of income for the last 30 days
• A current piece of mail for proof of address
• Social security cards for each person in the household. A country ID or complete medical card printout is acceptable.
Please note: A state-issued medical card is sufficient for address and income. A driver’s license does not count as a form of address verification.