Volunteer With Us

Uplift humanity, inspire hope and transform lives through the power of volunteering.

As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to make a lasting impact. For more than 100 years we’ve counted on volunteers to support 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.

Ready to get involved? Fill out the application and we will contact you with next steps. Before signing up, we recommend reading our Volunteer FAQs below.

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering for The Salvation Army means you can make a difference — not just in the lives of others, but in your own life journey as well. While the time volunteers dedicate help us to fulfill our commitment of providing support to those in need, many volunteers also find meaning for themselves in giving back, learning new skills and building connections in their community.

Ways To Volunteer

There are several ways you can help as a volunteer with The Salvation Army. We rely on volunteers from all walks of life 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. Please read through the categories and sample roles listed below to learn more.

Many volunteers who enjoy task-oriented responsibilities assist with reception, clerical, customer service or technical support roles. Duties can include answering phones, filing, scheduling or helping with website maintenance for various programs or departments.

Sample roles: Office Clerk, Receptionist, Web Support Volunteer.

Occasionally some of our locations seek community members with varied backgrounds to assist in an advisory capacity as a board or committee member. Dependent on the need, there may be a suitable role available for those who possess particular skills in areas such as fundraising, advocacy or event planning.

Sample roles: Community Council Member, Events Committee, Advisory Board Member.

There are many people who rely on The Salvation Army for resources and supplies such as food and clothing. You can help us meet these needs by volunteering in our warehouses, shelters, food banks or churches through tasks such as sorting and packing items, stocking shelves and serving meals.

Sample roles: Kitchen Attendant, Shelter Assistant, Food Bank Volunteer.

In times of disaster, trained volunteers are deployed to help communities in need during an immediate emergency or long-term recovery. We rely heavily on volunteers to assist with emotional and spiritual care, food and hydration services, crisis intervention, reconstruction efforts and much more.

Sample roles: Canteen Worker, Command Staff, Disaster Assistance Centre Worker.

Various locations need assistance with maintaining properties both indoors and outdoors, seasonally and year-round. Opportunities such as painting, assisting with spring cleanup at one of our campgrounds or planting gardens and trees are some of the ways you can help.

Sample roles: Community Garden Volunteer, Housekeeping Volunteer, Maintenance Assistant.

Individuals or businesses are invited to offer their pro-bono services to members of our community through special programming. A variety of skills are welcome in areas such as legal consultation, financial counseling and more.

Sample roles: Tax Clinic Clerk, Family Law Consultant, Counselor.

Volunteers who enjoy interacting with others can work with children, youth, adults or seniors in a range of activities throughout the year such as social programming at our residences, sports at our community centres, field trips at our summer camps and more.

Sample roles: Program Assistant, Art Program Facilitator, Summer Bus Chaperone.

We have many special events that occur throughout the year, which rely on a high level of volunteer participation including our annual Christmas Kettle campaign. Other seasonal events seek volunteers to help both on and off site with planning, set up, registration and additional tasks.

Sample roles: Kettle Bell Ringer, Event Assistant, Christmas Hamper Packing.

Volunteers provide assistance in the storefront and warehouse of our thrift stores with processing items, preparing merchandise, and cashier duties. Additional volunteers also help by collecting and delivering donated items to their local store.

Sample roles: Sorting & Tagging Volunteer, Customer Service Volunteer, Donation Pick-Up Driver.

Volunteer FAQs

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.

Most of all you’ll be making a difference by giving hope to others in need!

Many locations offer opportunities to volunteers ages 16 and up. However, some have different minimum age requirements. Certain locations are able to accommodate family activities or younger volunteers if accompanied by an adult.

While we appreciate your interest, the Volunteer Services department does not currently have a formal placement program to accommodate requests from the general public abroad.

Filling out the form above 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.

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
  • Gardening and landscaping
  • Emergency disaster relief

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.

Yes, there are! If you are a student and need to fulfill community hours, please specify this on your application and we will do our best to find an appropriate opportunity for you.