Volunteer Stories

Cartoon dudes with SA shield and face masks represent volunteers worldwide
International Volunteer Day takes place every year on December 5. It’s an opportunity to celebrate and thank people from all walks of life who freely give their time and expertise for the good of others. Throughout the pandemic and, working with COVID-19 protocols, thousands of Salvation Army volunteers around the globe stepped up with an  […]

11-Year-Old Discovers the Importance of Volunteering

Posted on 10th May 2021, by SalvationArmy.ca
Payton in a mask, sorts food boxes
The COVID-19 pandemic brought many life adjustments for 11-year-old Payton and his family. As he looks back, none of the changes were more impactful for him than the cancellation of organized hockey and the decision to be homeschooled for the 2020-2021 school year. The loss of activity and time with friends was challenging as Payton  […]

Honouring Volunteers Whose Vital Connections Strengthen Communities

Posted on 19th April 2021, by SalvationArmy.ca
Left: Eva bags food. Right Louise prepares beverages
Volunteers—unsung heroes—champions. During National Volunteer Week, April 18-24, The Salvation Army celebrates the selfless dedication and commitment of its thousands of volunteers who give their time and energy to help others succeed. “The impact of a volunteer can never be underestimated,” says Alice Johansson, The Salvation Army’s territorial manager of volunteer services. “We are truly grateful  […]
Jayne stands by her kettle at local mall
This time last year, 69-year-old Jayne was manning one of The Salvation Army’s iconic Christmas kettles. This year, due to COVID-19 challenges and restrictions the Manitoban is unable to do what she loves most—volunteering to help her community. “For more than a century, The Salvation Army has raised funds through the annual Christmas Kettle Campaign,”  […]

Decades of Keeping Vulnerable Children and Families Warm

Posted on 22nd October 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
Salvation Army worker hands a winter coat to client
The Salvation Army in Cobourg and Port Hope, Ont., are several Salvation Army centres gearing up for the cold weather and ensuring that at-risk people stay warm when temperatures drop. In its 26th year, The Salvation Army’s Coats for Kids program in Northumberland County has been an enormous success, handing out more than 15,000 winter  […]

Salvation Army in Dartmouth Comes Together for Their Community

Posted on 21st July 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
Volunteer delivers food in van to vulnerable people
Long before the pandemic began, Salvation Army food bank volunteers in Dartmouth, N.S., have been coming together each Monday to prepare food boxes for struggling members of their community. Each week, an average of 10 volunteers prepare up to 35 food boxes for distribution in the afternoon. But as more people face food insecurity due  […]

Winnipeg Resident Gives a Helping Hand to Neighbours in Need

Posted on 16th July 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
Ann Stout and her masks
Supporting others during a pandemic can be a fulfilling way to give back when many of us are feeling anxious about our health and the future. We have seen various acts of kindness across Canada where selfless communities rally together to support frontline workers, truck drivers, food banks and their neighbours in need. In honouring  […]

New Canadian Gives Back During Pandemic

Posted on 30th June 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
New Canadian delivers food during pandemic
Less than a month ago, Augustine Ansong-Owusu was one of hundreds of Canadians who volunteered to help The Salvation Army provide essential services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. “When I came to Canada, the community helped me,” says Augustine. “Whenever I deliver food to someone, I know they have the same feeling I did—that their community  […]