One of the more difficult assets to sacrifice is our time. But we would not make it without our amazing community partners who come in groups or individually on a regular basis simply to give back.  Volunteering side by side with our participants and building relationships with them is a priceless investment.

Salt & Light is a community of hope where every person has the opportunity for a second chance.  To provide a safe and appropriate place for those who are making a new start under more difficult conditions, our Champaign store only accepts volunteers ages 18 & older.  Our Urbana store is open to volunteers ages 6 and up.  Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Whether you’re interested in helping with a single event or serving on a regular basis, give us a call and we will find the right place for you! 

There are no minimum volunteer hour requirements. Whether you can volunteer for an hour or stay for the day, we’d love to have your help! If your church/community group would like to volunteer together, we can arrange that for you.  Contact Lisa Sheltra to make group arrangements.

All volunteers are required to attend VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION: 

We are currently offering a modified orientation schedule, with a capacity limit of 15 people. Attendees must wear a mask. Please complete our volunteer registration at the link below prior to orientation if possible. Check-in at the front desk upon arrival.

Urbana Mondays from 12 – 1 pm (in Classroom 1) 

Urbana Wednesdays from 4 – 5 pm (in Classroom 1) 



Ways to Volunteer

In general, these are the things we need help with on a regular basis:  emptying collection bins, light general cleaning, administrative tasks, bagging, customer service, sorting & hanging clothes, donation intake, stocking grocery shelves, testing electronics, and cleaning household items.  But the options are constantly growing based on need and our volunteers’ unique skills.


The Reception Team supports Salt & Light’s mission by welcoming guests when they come through our front doors, greeting those who call, answering questions, and directing inquiries to appropriate staff members. 

Reception Team volunteers create and maintain a positive and comfortable atmosphere where guests feel welcome, accepted, and invited to engage in the process of creating their own life change through the programs and services available here.  If you are interested in serving as a receptionist, apply here.

Computer Lab Monitors

Monitors assist participants with general computer questions. It’s up to them to create a positive and comfortable atmosphere where the technologically challenged feel motivated to learn and excel.  If you are interested in becoming a lab monitor, apply here.  

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