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We need your help this holiday season.

volunteer as a Bell Ringer and help us fundraise in support of vital,  community programs and year-round social services.

The donations that we collect during the holidays comprise the majority of funding each corps will receive for the year. All donations that we collect will stay in Alameda County to fund local programs and community services.

Volunteering to Ring the Bell is the most significant way you can help continue our mission and bring aid to community members in need. 


To inquire about Bell-Ringer Volunteering, please email Brendan Kelley,

The Salvation Army Volunteer Coordinator of Alameda County

Click The email address link in red to go to the Bell ringer volunteer info page



The Salvation Army Alameda County

2794 Garden St. Oakland, CA 94601

  Office phone: (510) 437-9437

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The Salvation Army of Alameda County operates from the Garden Street Corps, in Oakland's Fruitvale district. The 4 Alameda county corps conduct their own community service programs as well as participate in larger, county-wide campaigns. The Corps of Alameda county include: Garden St., Oakland Chinatown, Hayward & Tri-Cities (Newark)

Please refer to the specific corps webpage, (links below) to see the programs they offer. 

The Salvation Army is a nonprofit organization offering service in over 120 countries around the world, and in every zip code of the United States. Salvation Army Programs are led by Salvation Army Officers. These officers are responsible to lead by assessing needs, delivering programs, and directing ministries for our local community. From serving food to balancing the books, they function as the Executive Directors and the Pastors for The Salvation Army Alameda County.

Garden Street Corps & Alameda County, Officer's Hours:

Oakland, Garden St. Corps Officer Hours: 9am-4pm

Emergency Family Shelter Hours: 24 hours, everyday

Booth Child Development Daycare Center: 7:30am-3:30pm (Mon-Fri)

Your Alameda County Officers 

Major James & Laura Sullivan

Family Box, Food Distribution program: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 11am-1pm *(No sign-up required)

      *Available at the majority of of Alameda corps locations, please see the corps specific webpages for details on this program

Family Emergency Shelter: 24 hours, 7 days a week (Oakland, Fruitvale Corps Campus)

     Please call# 211 for alameda county info and assemement of needs

Child Development Center Daycare: Mon-Fri, 7:30am-3:30pm *(See "Booth Development Center" Drop-Tab, Below)

Adult Recovery Group: Friday evenings (postponed)

Mobil Meals, Homeless Lunch Distribution Program: Monday-Friday *(serving over 350 people per day at 6 Alameda County locations)

Congregational Services (Worship and Bible study): *(See specific Corps webpage)

Church Service: Sunday *(See specific Corps webpage)

Breakfast Backpack Program: *(Sign-up required, Fruitvale district delivery only)

*Each of the 4 Alameda county corps conducts their own community service programs as well as participates in larger, county-wide campaigns. Please refer to the specific corps webpages (links found below under "4 Corps" tab) to see the programs they offer.

The Booth Child Development Center is accepting student applications!

Click for more information on the Oakland, Booth Child Development Center.

Located in Oakland's Fruitvale District on the campus of the Garden St. Corps. of The Salvation Army.

Providing subsidized childcare and pre-k education for low-income families.

The Booth Child Center requires an application and supporting documents. 

Click the red link text above to see their page and information.


The Salvation Army of Alameda County in conjunction with The Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. of Northern California, are proud to offer a four-week, hands-on training program that provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the construction trades as a career path. Upon completion, students receive both OSHA 10 certification and Construction Training Card (such as Electrician in Training) and are ready to work. Each class has 10-12 students. Classes are held 2-3 times annually, with electrical work, carpentry, painting and plumbing, plus the job readiness skills needed to start a new career path, at a local Bay-area livable wage.

Participants of the class are individuals who are currently or have been recently involved in local addiction recovery program or homelessness prevention program, including the Oakland, San Francisco or San Jose Adult Rehabilitation Centers, other local recovery programs, participants of the Garden Street Family Center, or a walk-in client in one of four Salvation Army Family Services offices in Oakland, Hayward and Tri-Cities/Newark.

By the time the course has concluded, the graduates receive boots, tools and a tool belt. Program participants are assisted in finding employment through job fairs coordinated by ABC NorCal and hosted at our Oakland Chinatown Corps.

Next Class July 26th – August 13th, 2021 with Graduation on September 3rd, 2021

Cost of Class: $2500 per student, Registration Fee $25,

Full Scholarships are available please contact privilege.chadwick@usw.salvationarmy for more information