Featured Volunteer Opportunity: Attention Snail Mail Enthusiasts!

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Sending and receiving personal cards in the mail feels like a phenomenon of a bygone era.

With the rise of texts and emails, the need for it is less common.

But, according to a survey by the United States Postal Service, 65% of people feel happier after

getting snail mail. It makes people feel excited, connected, and valued.

If you enjoy getting thoughtful mail, and want to spread that joy to others, the Salvation Army is looking for you!

Who is the Salvation Army?

Regardless of whether you have experience with the Salvation Army, you’ve likely heard of them. The organization is a 501(c)3 non-profit that operates in 131 countries.

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church, using their beliefs as a guide to provide services to people from all backgrounds without discrimination.

Every year, the organization helps approximately 30 million Americans meet their needs.

Services include disaster relief, job training, LGBTQ+ support, food pantries and more.

They also provide emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness, and permanent housing for low-income seniors.

That’s where your help is needed!

The Opportunity

The Salvation Army – Metropolitan Division serves the Chicago metropolitan area, Northern Illinois, and Northwestern Indiana.

They’re searching for caring volunteers to write encouraging cards to residents of the Evangeline Booth Lodge and the Booth Manor Senior Residence.

The Evangeline Booth Lodge provides short term housing (up to 120 days) to families experiencing homelessness.

The Booth Manor Senior Residence provides affordable one bedroom apartments to 58 low income seniors. Residents can access services like transportation, nurse visits, and community events.

By writing cards to residents of both facilities, you’ll bring joy to people’s lives. You’ll help them feel cared for and special.

Your heartfelt cards will support people during difficult times, provide human connection, and let them know they’re not alone.

Duties

  • Write meaningful cards to residents
  • You can write as many cards as you’d like, as often as you want

Your Skills

  • Good writing skills
  • An encouraging, positive attitude
  • Knowledge of mental health (preferred)
  • Knowledge of spiritual health and healing (preferred)

What You’ll Need

  • Access to writing supplies (paper, cards, pens, markers, stickers, etc.)
  • Stamps and envelopes
  • Ability to mail the cards or drop them off at the shelter/senior’s residence
  • To be a US resident

Get Started Today

UCA members can apply for the card writing role through the Volunteer Network.

Step 1: Log into your UCA account

Step 2: Click ‘Volunteer Network’ in the menu bar

Step 3: Scroll down and click ‘Jump Into Your Volunteer Dashboard’

Step 4: If you’ve never used the dashboard before, click ‘Start Here’ and watch the welcome video.

Step 5: Otherwise, scroll down to Featured Opportunities. Under ‘Elderly,’ click the Salvation Army box.

Step 6: You’ll be redirected to the Dear God, Are we There Yet volunteer platform.

Step 7: Click ‘I Want to Help’ in the upper right corner and follow the instructions.

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