Volunteer & Donate

Volunteering2017HenriJohannaSOS Volunteers and Community Partners are the essence of SOS. The local committment to helping make our District a secure, supported and inclusive community is strong, and evident at SOS.

Annually, over 350 volunteers contribute knowledge and expertise to SOS Programs and the Thrift Shop's growing success. It is for that reason that we are able to offer so many important community programs and services. Your Volunteer time at the SOS is fun, flexible and social. Volunteering in your community can easily fit any schedule or lifestyle.

Come and join us at the SOS, volunteer for the success of our community, whether it's just one hour or several hours every week/month. We'll introduce you to our team, give you an excellent orientation and training for all our positions, and welcome you to the SOS family.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

May 2017

Qualicum Beach

Preschoolers on the Move - Wednesdays 9–11 am
Kitchen help - Help prepare nutritious, healthy snacks
Preschool room - Support and play with children, help them with clean up and ensure that they are safe.

Girl Talk/Guyz Time  (Grades 4, 5, & 6) - Thursdays 3–5 pm
Kitchen help - Help prepare nutritious healthy snacks.

Youth Open Space  (High School Students) – Wednesdays 3:30-5:30 pm
Kitchen help – Help prepare nutritious healthy snacks.

Better At Home
Grocery Bus/Shopping Attendants – Every second Friday

Help seniors with grocery shopping, and sit with them for a coffee break before heading home.
Male Friendly Visitors – play a game of cards, do a puzzle, share stories, visit in a senior’s home etc.
Drivers – Take clients to non-medical appointments: hairdresser, banking, personal shopping etc.

Parksville

School Nite Out (Grades 7, 8 & 9) – Tuesdays 3:30-6:30 pm
Kitchen help – Help prepare nutritious healthy snacks.

SOS Thrift Shop – 3.5 hours a week, either am or pm.
Tag donated items, help stock shelves, cashiers.

Meals On Wheels
Kitchen helpers – 1.5 hours a week

Help pack meal bags for delivery by volunteer drivers.

Group Volunteering

Lend a hand

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How can my group get involved at SOS?

SOS’ Community Partner Initiative is an opportunity for businesses and groups of friends to come together as a group and lend a helping hand at SOS.

Volunteering with SOS in this way is a great team-building experience, interesting and fun. Come see the Thrift Shop from the other side! Up to 6 team members can volunteer at a time, per shift, in the Thrift Shop. Other group volunteer opportunities could involve representing SOS at community fairs, at local events, etc.

Morning or afternoon shifts at the Thrift Shop are 3.5 hours and take place each day, Monday-Saturday. Volunteering in those roles include work side-by-side Thrift shop staff and volunteers tagging and pricing, bringing merchandise on to the floor, and helping at the cash desks. Larger groups can also be accommodated. Please call us to discuss.

How does this support my community?

Over 80% of SOS funding comes from the Thrift Shop. Thanks to donations, purchases and volunteer assistance, the Thrift Shop is the key funder of SOS and makes our more than 30 vital community programs and services possible. 95 cents of every dollar raised at the Thrift Shop goes back into this community. Click here to see a breakdown of where SOS funding comes from, and where that money goes.

Vehicle Donations via Donate A Car Canada

A Unique Way to Donate to SOS


Donate A Car Canada accepts vehicle donations for SOS and provides free towing in many areas across Canada, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. When you donate your car, it will either be recycled or sold at auction depending on its condition, age and location.

Donate A Car Canada will look after everything to make it easy for you to donate, and SOS will send you a tax receipt after your car donation is complete!

To donate a car, truck, RV, boat, motorcycle or other vehicle to Society of Organized Services (SOS) District 69, go to this site to donate your car.

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