How to Volunteer for the Salvation Army

By: Libby Little

Mission of the Salvation Army

The mission statement of any group sets the precedent for what is expected of the organization's people. The Salvation Army's mission statement reflects its Christian values: "The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination" [source: The Salvation Army]. The current administration believes this Christian background helps maintain integrity and motivation [source: Jones].

The organization shares its message by using the Bible as a foundation. Founder William Booth got the idea to call his group an army after he saw a printer's proof of a 1878 annual report that said that Christianity's mission was to be a volunteer army [source: The Salvation Army]. From then on, the organization worked much like a military army, using the titles of commanders, officers and soldiers for its workers.


If you want to help make a difference, you can sign up to be a Salvation Army volunteer or look for a paying job within the group. Read on to learn about Salvation Army jobs.