Volunteer Stories

Knitting for a Cause

Posted on 20th April 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
National Volunteer Week, April 19-25, is a time to celebrate Canada’s volunteers. The Salvation Army recognizes and honours the more than 130,000 people who donate their time and talents to help people in need—and ask nothing in return. For example, at The Salvation Army’s knitting club in Oshawa, Ont., one of the best parts of  […]

Why One University Student Stepped up to Volunteer During COVID-19

Posted on 2nd April 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
Paige packs food bags at Salvation Army Oshawa community and family services
Less than three weeks ago, Paige Sharp was in class, in the final semester of her degree, when she learned that buildings and lectures were shut down to reduce the impact of the coronavirus. As one who struggles with anxiety, she had no idea how she would cope with this latest hurdle. “There was a  […]

Kettle Volunteering Boosts Confidence for Introvert

Posted on 20th December 2019, by SalvationArmy.ca
Grant, volunteer, stands by kettle
Grant was a self-diagnosed introvert who was anxious about meeting people. For years, this kept him from volunteering. Today, he has overcome his introversion through volunteering at a Salvation Army Christmas kettle and feels good that he is helping his community in a practical way. “Interacting with people was always hard for me,” says Grant.  […]

Volunteering Helps Survivor Adjust to Life After Stroke

Posted on 5th December 2019, by SalvationArmy.ca
Rudy shares his Salvation Army volunteer experience
International Volunteer Day is held each year on December 5 and is viewed as an opportunity to bring focus to, and thank volunteers. “I knew something was wrong when I couldn’t stand or move,” says Rudy.  “It was scary.” At 56, Rudy had a stroke that robbed him of motor skills many of us take  […]

Hotel Executive Volunteers with The Salvation Army

Posted on 7th October 2019, by SalvationArmy.ca
Roydell (right) volunteers at Salvation Army soup kitchen
“The Salvation Army treats people like human beings―family,” says volunteer, Roydell. “This keeps me coming back.” During the season of Thanksgiving in 2018, Roydell’s employer, one of Bermuda’s luxury resorts, offered to supply The Salvation Army’s soup kitchen in Hamilton with a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner. Wanting to support the vulnerable in her community, Roydell,  […]

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  […]