Volunteer Stories

Retired Businesswoman Finds Purpose through Volunteering

Posted on 23rd July 2019, by SalvationArmy.ca
volunteer hands at a keyboard doing office work
Michele is one of more than 130,000 volunteers who give the priceless gift of time and skills to help The Salvation Army reach more people in need. “I’m a retired corporate buyer,” says Michele. “Volunteering gives me a lot of satisfaction and I always go home feeling like I’m walking on air.” Michele attends a  […]

How Volunteering Helped One Woman Overcome an Anxiety Disorder

Posted on 11th February 2019, by SalvationArmy.ca
Angie serves up a meal at the Manna Cafe
When Angie’s husband left her for her best friend, she moved out and shut herself away from society for 12 years. “I couldn’t handle the hurt and devastation from my marriage breakup,” says Angie. “My home was the only place I felt safe until I walked through the doors of The Salvation Army.” “My home  […]

Veteran with PTSD Helps Himself by Helping Others

Posted on 11th August 2017, by
Aubrey Francis prepares meal for guests at Manna cafe
When thoughts of horror and loss start to seep into his mind, Aubrey Francis focuses on the positive things in his life―volunteering and his faith. Over a span of 20 years, Francis served 11 tours of duty. He was eventually diagnosed with PTSD and left the military. He continued to have nightmares of frightening scenes,  […]

Volunteer Serves the Army for More Than 65 Years

Posted on 11th August 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
You wouldn’t expect anyone to stand out in the cold each winter to help people in need. But, that’s exactly what Bill Oliver has done for more than six decades with a smile on his face. The 76-year-old has volunteered for The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign every year but one since he was nine-years-old  […]

Volunteering Improves Lives

Posted on 11th August 2017, by SalvationArmy.ca
“I had just graduated from college and couldn’t find work,” says Tiffany.  “My husband heard a plea for Salvation Army volunteers on the radio and thought that the experience would give me an opportunity to develop new skills. And he was right.” Four days a week, Tiffany volunteers at The Salvation Army’s community lunch program  […]