We would not make it without our amazing community volunteers who come in groups or individually on a regular basis to donate their time and energy.  Volunteering side by side with our participants and building relationships with them is a priceless investment in our mission.

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, 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: 

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 Lobby)  

Champaign Thursdays from 6 – 7 pm (in Classroom) NO ORIENTATION ON JULY 27, 2023 DUE TO EARLY STORE CLOSURE



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 organizing household items.  But the options are constantly growing based on need and our volunteers’ unique skills.

Reception/Customer Service 

The Reception and Customer Service Team supports Salt and Light’s mission by welcoming guests, greeting callers, and assisting volunteers and guests. If you are interested in working as a receptionist (at our Champaign location) or at the Customer Service Front Desk (at our Urbana location), please apply here.

Computer Lab Monitors

Monitors assist community members 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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