Volunteers

Are you giving ‘Christmas Presence’ this year? Your time is a priceless gift that has the power to transform lives. The Salvation Army of Abbotsford operates a Sponsor a Family Program, the Angel Tree Program, the Christmas Kettle Campaign and many more. For more information on these programs or to donate, please call The Centre of Hope at 604 852 9305. To volunteer on a Christmas Kettle, please call our Kettle Coordinator directly at 604-309-0660.

volunteer1At The Salvation Army, we are eternally grateful to over 200 volunteers who assist in the many services that we provide. These ambassadors to the community give their time, talents, and resources to meet the ever-growing challenges that we face as we work to meet the needs in our area. From van drivers to store clerks, from produce sorters to dishwashers, from drop-in centre workers to emergency services responders – we could not do what we do without their help!

Volunteers are vital for the delivery of our programs and services in the Abbotsford-Mission area. Volunteers help us help others in so many ways – serving coffee and meals, sorting clothes and books, emergency services, and fundraising. The opportunities are limitless! From van drivers to store clerks, from produce sorters to dishwashers, from drop-in centre workers to emergency services responders – we could not do what we do without their help.

volunteer2To be effective in today’s society, The Salvation Army needs volunteers as never before. Throughout its history, The Army has relied on the volunteer skills of not only its own members but also those in the community who support the Army’s mission as we seek to alleviate the most obvious and serious needs of those who come to us for help.

You can be a hero by sharing your time, energy, and skills with the less fortunate of our society. As a volunteer, you will be making an investment in your community. You will experience the joy and satisfaction that comes from helping people transform their lives, and along the way, you may discover some hidden qualities in yourself.

If you would like to participate as a volunteer in the work of The Salvation Army, call 604-852-9305 for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

Meal Centre

A team of volunteers assist the Meal Centre Supervisor in preparing a hot lunch for our clients every day of the year. Volunteers are introduced to a number of tasks, including meal preparation, sorting and bagging produce and bread products, serving meals and coffee, and cleanup. This is a fast paced environment where you will be working together with a number of other volunteers.

Shifts available: Monday through Saturday, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, Sunday 8:00 am – 12:00 noon

Requirements: Standing for long periods, some lifting, ability to follow directions, ability to work well with others, flexibility, criminal record check, 16 years or older

Redemption Cafe

Open weekday mornings, the Redemption Cafe (our Drop In Centre) is a safe place for people to come for a morning meal and fellowship. Volunteers serve coffee and a light breakfast, engage clients in conversation, play a game of chess, or help direct individuals to appropriate agencies for assistance. As we are always looking for new ways to make meaningful and life-changing contact with our clients, the programs of our Drop In Centre are subject to change.

Shifts available: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 12:00 noon

Requirements: Standing for long periods, some lifting, empathy, acceptance of people from all walks of life, ability to follow directions, criminal record check, 16 years or older

Food Donation Pickup

Volunteer drivers arrive early each morning to pick up produce and baked goods from local businesses. These donations are used to provide a hot nourishing meal for our clients each day as well as supplying programs like the Redemption Cafe and the Emergency Shelter. The surplus is bagged daily by volunteers for distribution at the Meal Centre. Meal Centre clients may receive a bag of produce and a bag of baked items (depending on what has been received that day). Volunteers ensure that the food is distributed in a fair and equitable manner.

Shifts available: Monday through Saturday, 7:30 – 12:00 (may finish earlier)

Requirements: Heavy lifting, class 5 licence, safe driving record, ability to follow directions, willingness to travel around the Lower Mainland, 16 years or older

Abbotsford Thrift Store

Donated items are received, sorted, priced and prepared for sale in our Thrift Store. Volunteers may unload donations from vehicles, pre-sort items, hang priced clothing and linens, sort books and check all appliances and small electrical items before being placed in our Thrift Store for sale.

The thrift store serves the community at large with low cost, high quality, recycled clothing, household goods and furniture. Volunteers in the store will assist customers, keep the racks and shelves stocked and help to keep the store tidy and attractive for customers.

Goods from the store may be used by Family Services staff to assist people in need. Profits from Thrift Store sales help to support the programs offered at the Centre of Hope.

Shifts available: Monday through Saturday, various shifts available

Requirements: Standing for long periods, some heavy lifting, accuracy, customer service skills, friendliness, ability to follow directions, 16 years or older

Shelter

Volunteers are needed to heat up pre-prepared meals, serve dinner to Shelter clients, wash dishes and ensure the kitchen is left clean and ready for use the next day.

Shifts available: Every day, 5:00 – 7:30

Requirements: Standing for long periods, some lifting, communication skills, empathy, acceptance of people from all walks of life, ability to follow directions, criminal record check, 16 years or older

Seniors’ Day Program

The Seniors' Day Program is a once-a-week social group for men and women aged 55 and over who are in need of stimulation, group activities and socialization to combat isolation. Activities are provided which allow clients to explore their values, interests and abilities and to be active participants in developing their own quality of life. A variety of social and recreational activities, as well as health maintenance, education and spiritual growth will be provided by professional nursing staff. Volunteers are needed to assist the Supervisor in organizing and running the activities, engaging participants in fellowship and conversation, and assisting participants as needed. If you enjoy working with seniors from all walks of life, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

Shifts available: Wednesdays, 9:30 – 2:30 or 3:00

Requirements: Desire to work with seniors, patience, empathy, criminal record check, 16 years or older

Seasonal Opportunities

  • Kettle Campaign
  • Angel Tree
  • Christmas hampers
  • Santa Shuffle 5 km run/walk

Other Requirements

People who are interested in volunteering with the Centre of Hope need to submit a Volunteer application form, and sign a Confidentiality Statement and Waiver of Liability. Each prospective volunteer is interviewed for suitability before being assigned to a particular area, and given a tour of the different areas of the building. Supervisors are responsible for providing a thorough orientation and training for each new volunteer.

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All volunteers are carefully screened and trained. To work in a Salvation Army Centre of Hope ministry, you will be required to:

  • fill out an application form - please use the link above
  • have an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator
  • obtain a criminal records check
  • receive training

Do you have a question about volunteering, or need more information about the application process? Please click here to contact us, or call 604-852-9305

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Volunteers are needed to:

  • Work in the Redemption Cafe
  • Prepare food, serve, and clean up in the Meal Centre
  • Sort bread and produce in the Meal Centre
  • Pick up donations for the Thrift Stores
  • Drive the vans for the bread run
  • Serve with the Community Crisis Response Unit
  • Answer telephones and do general office work
  • Sort goods for the Thrift Stores
  • Work in the Thrift Stores

Many more volunteers are needed at Christmas to:

  • Collect Kettle donations
  • Work at the Angel Tree booth
  • Prepare Christmas food
  • Pack hampers
  • Distribute food and gifts

Go to the Christmas page for details.