Become a VolunteerTake the opportunity to make a lasting impact
As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to make a lasting impact. For more than 100 years our volunteers have been the driving force behind the work of The Salvation Army in communities all over the world. Whether it’s by serving a meal, standing beside a Christmas kettle or stocking shelves at a food bank, you can be part of the meaningful work that continues to help change lives.
By joining the Behind the Shield community, you are committing to the belief no one should be alone in times of crisis – and you are ready to be there, without judgment, for someone in need.
Behind the Shield, you will have the opportunity to transform the lives of others as well as your own.
Why should I consider volunteering with the salvation army?
Volunteering with The Salvation Army means you can make a positive impact on your community!
The work you do will benefit others in need but can also create a meaningful experience for you as well.
It’s a great way to:
- Meet new people;
- Make friends;
- Feel accomplished by sharing your skills with others;
- Enjoy new opportunities;
- Enhance your resume;
- And build your work experience.
How do I become a volunteer?
Filling out the downloadable PDF form is the first step in the application process. A staff member will contact you with further instructions on how to connect with your local unit. An interview and training usually follows, with some roles requiring further screening such as a criminal record or vulnerable sector check.
What will I be doing
Volunteer opportunities are varied and there are many ways to be involved! Some of the ways you can help include:
- Office administration
- Packing food hampers
- Stocking shelves, sorting toys
- Sorting clothes and pricing items at a Thrift Store
- Ringing bells beside our iconic Christmas Kettle
- Visiting seniors
- Recreation programming
- Emergency disaster relief
Whats the time commitment
The length of time varies depending on the position. There are one-time, seasonal and ongoing volunteer roles. On your request form please indicate the level of commitment you are seeking and we will make every effort to find a suitable arrangement.
There are several ways you can join us as a Behind the Shield volunteer. We rely on volunteers from all backgrounds and experience level to assist in our shelters, food banks, churches, thrift stores, social service centres and more. Depending on your interests and the skills you would like to build or share, there are a variety of roles suitable for individuals and groups.
If you are interested in making a difference in our community, and would like to volunteer with us, please call our Volunteer Coordinator, at 250-564-4000 ext. 230. You can download the volunteer application form, and have it ready for your appointment. We have Volunteer positions available in the Warehouse, Thrift Store, and Food Bank.