Volunteer Stories

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  […]

The Salvation Army Continues to Give Hope in Quebec

Posted on 12th June 2020, by SalvationArmy.ca
Salvation Army workers hand out food to people affected by COVID-19
The Salvation Army continues to support communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The following is a round-up of some of the latest responses from The Salvation Army in Quebec.   Armed Forces veteran, Mr. Éric Rousseau, is a volunteer who delivers Salvation Army hampers to the vulnerable people who are unable to leave their homes.  […]

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  […]