What We Do


Echelon seeks to mobilize the next generation for The Salvation Army by providing opportunities for young adults to engage with the organization through networking, donations and fundraising, and service and volunteering.


Our vision is to be an impactful, thriving and sustainable community of diverse young leaders. With Echelon, The Salvation Army is able to actively engage and better serve the community of Chicago, impacting multiple generations. By mobilizing and empowering the next generation, we can continue to serve all who need help.


Echelon is a group of enthusiastic young professionals who are driven by “Doing The Most Good” for those most in need”.  The Salvation Army pursues its mission 365 days a year and serves the entire community through a number of services, so there are ample opportunities to address needs in the community, improve people’s lives, and influence change.  Individuals are expected to be active participants to help the organization impact the community of Chicago. 



Service and Volunteering – Members will work alongside officers, employees, and volunteers of the Salvation Army in the field to serve those in need.

Donations and Fundraising – Events are scheduled throughout the year to raise money for various causes or initiatives.  Members work together to identify the causes or efforts they wish to support or pursue, the avenue by which it plans to generate that support (and any associated planning, logistics, and resource coordination), and is responsible for execution of that event or activity.

Recruitment and “Friend-raising” – Members will become active brand ambassadors for the Echelon group and will represent the next generation of rising leaders in The Salvation Army.  Members will seek to engage new talent and grow membership through casual conversations, formal or informal presentations to groups and partners, relationship building and networking, and also through existing personal and professional circles.