The Salvation Army of Michigan City is offering the opportunity for the public to learn more about volunteering this holiday season through a volunteer orientation.

On Friday, November 13th, an in-person orientation will be held at The Salvation Army, 1201 S. Franklin Street, at 1pm, with social distancing guidelines in place.  For those who prefer to learn about these opportunities from home, the event will broadcast via Facebook live, as well.

Major Dale Simmons of The Salvation Army said the purpose of this orientation is to inform the community of the various ways to help support the annual Christmas Campaign.  Included are opportunities to serve Thanksgiving meals, distribute Christmas toys, work in the food pantry, or ring a bell at a red kettle.  He will also provide information on how volunteers can stay socially distant and safe during these challenging times.

Simmons said the COVID-19 outbreak has made a significant impact on The Salvation Army.  Since the start of the pandemic, The Salvation Army has seen a 155 percent increase in the amount of services provided; while at the same time, predicting a 50 percent decrease in red kettle funds raised this year.

The Salvation Army offers a food pantry, utility assistance, diaper bank, Pathway of Hope case management, youth programs, summer camp, clothing closet, school uniform exchange, weekend backpack feeding program and seasonal assistance.

More information about The Salvation Army of Michigan City is available by visiting their Facebook page, by visiting or by calling (219) 874-6885.