How do You do the most good?

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As we recognize National Volunteer Week (April 15-21) and celebrate the important work that our volunteers contribute each and every day, The Salvation Army is asking, “How do you do the most good?”

We’d like to hear from our supporters, including volunteers, employees, and fans and followers on social media, how you volunteer and help your communities. Participants can submit a photo or make a video that tells or shows how they do the most good. Acts of doing good have a wide range but a few ideas include:

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  • Donating clothing to a thrift store
  • Participating in a food drive
  • Volunteering as a tutor for children
  • Volunteering to feed the homeless
  • Cleaning streets or parks
  • Babysitting for free
  • Walking dogs for free
  • Volunteering at nursing homes
  • And much more

To participate, email your photo to with the subject “I Do The Most Good,” or upload your video to YouTube and tag it with the phrase #IDoTheMostGood. (If you don’t have a YouTube account, click here to create one.) After submission, participants are encouraged to post links to their YouTube videos on Facebook and Twitter, with the hashtag #IDoTheMostGood.

The Salvation Army will share submitted photos and videos on our blog as well as our national Facebook and Twitter pages between now and National Salvation Army Week (NSAW), celebrated this year on May 14-20. From National Volunteer Week through NSAW, The Salvation Army will bring attention to acts of kindness and encourage others to do the most good in their own communities.

Tips in submitting an appropriate photo include:

  • The subject of the email must include, but is not limited to, “I Do The Most Good.”
  • Include your name, location, and a brief description of the photo that explains how you do the most good in your community.

Tips in making an appropriate video include:

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  • Videos should be no longer than 30 seconds.
  • The first sentence of the video should start an introduction of your name, followed by “I do the most good by…” and explain how you do good in your community.
    • An example video can be seen here.
  • The title of the video must include, but is not limited to, “I Do The Most Good.”
  • The video must include the tag “IDoTheMostGood” when uploaded.
  • When filming, record the video in a quiet room and speak clearly. Also film the video in a room that is well lit.
  • If you record the video of you in action doing good, please make sure to limit background noise.
  • Videos must not violate any third-party rights, including copyright, trademark, patent, or other intellectual property rights.

So get out there and volunteer – we look forward to hearing from you!

14 Comments on “How do You do the most good?

  1. Working on our 3rd Annual Bike Race in Des Plaines. New for this year we will have the Mayor’s Challenge TT to help support the SalvationArmy. We care:)

    All the best to you in 2012,

    Tommy Olsen

  2. i am looking for help with my 14 year old son.. if you have any programs that could help me with him please contact me he is out of control..

  3. Karla,

    Where are you located? I can send you the contact info of your closest Salvation Army. Each unit is individually managed and offers different programs but I can almost guarantee they have something youth-oriented. Most places will offer summer camps, after school programs/tutoring/, recreational centers, etc. etc..

    Please let me know by responding to this or emailing us at: Thank you!

  4. my family and I donate clothes to the Salvation Army all the time. I love to help out

  5. I would donate monthly to the Newark, NJ center in honor of my son who died due to drug addiction. Do you have any info I can use to contact them. We so love salvation army, when everyone else gives on addicts or others with problems SA never gives up.

  6. Doris-

    I’m so sorry to hear about your son. We can’t thank you enough for your support.

    Our national website allows you to specify the location and other details, including memorials, of your donations. Please visit this link to do so: Let me know if you have any troubles with this online site.

    You can also cal 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate over the phone. Be sure to let them know where you’d like the money to be distributed.

    Thank you so much again.


  7. I am blessed reading your history and ministry around the world God blessed you How wish to be part of you but ii don`t know how. i am a Cameroon studying in the seminary at moment and desiring to serve God as an evangelist in Cameroon. I am doing a BA in Biblical studies in my first year Idon`t know how one can attend your music traning for i love singing thanks

  8. I enjoy working with the salvation army on my 3 days that they let me. I enjoy cooking for the homeless, helping out with donations,and going out on disasters to help out on the canteen truck.

  9. Jeffrey- that’s awesome to hear! Could you send us a photo or a video of you stating that above? We’ll be happy to feature you on our social media sites. Please email a photo to: OR upload a video at and tag it with #IDoTheMostGood. Hope to hear from you!

  10. I would love to be able to volunteer at either or all three of your stores located in the Tampa Bay Area, please let me know if this is possible to volunteer and help out.

    Thank you in advance for your time as I will be checking back to see if you were able to reply.

  11. I would also like to express the outstanding customer service the each and everyone of your employees display. The are a joy to speak with, you can tell that each of them love there job and truely believe in the mission and all service’s that are provided by your organization. I have heard conversations, and was so proud to know that GOOD people are still around; as I could tell they were sincere and so very caring to help in any way by providing so much information and actually writing thing’s do so that they would remember what they need to do and whom to contact and this was at one of you local retail store located on Nebraska Ave., in Tampa Florida.

  12. Lanie- thanks so much for passing along those nice words! People are so much more inclined to pass on complaints as opposed to support so please know that we appreciate that you took the time to share your thoughts.

    I’ll make sure your comment is passed onto that location. Thanks again for your support! -Megan

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