Volunteer & Donate

Volunteering2017HenriJohannaSOS Volunteers and Community Partners are the essence of SOS. The local commitment 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

Call 250-248-2093 ext. 230 to inquire or get started as a Volunteer

Are you looking to volunteer as a couple? We can use your help in our popular and busy Thrift Shop, as well as other programs that require snack or full meal preparation.  Come out to volunteer your culinary skills and have dinner too.  Most programs run from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

Parksville

Better At Home
Drivers – Take clients to non-medical appointments: hairdresser, banking, personal shopping etc.
Grocery Bus/Shopping Attendants – Every second Friday, help seniors read labels, reach for items etc. and sit with them for a coffee break before heading home.

SOS Child, Youth & Family Programs
Help prep and prepare meals, spend time with children and youth, support staff and be a positive mentor.

Volunteer Drivers
Help get people to their medical appointments. Volunteer to deliver Meals on Wheels. Our residents rely on these programs to stay healthy and in their own homes.

Seniors Connecting
This popular program helps our seniors connect with others, socialize and attend outings. We are looking for volunteers to help with food prep, program set-up and take down.

SOS Thrift Shop 3.5 hours a week, either am or pm.  Immediate needs are Thursday and Friday afternoons as a cashier (or whatever fits your schedule).

 The Thrift Shop is our main source of funding and supports all of our vital community programs and services.

 Qualicum Beach

Better At Home
Drivers – Take clients to non-medical appointments: hairdresser, banking, personal shopping etc.
Grocery Bus/Shopping Attendants – Every second Friday, help seniors read labels, reach for items etc. 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.

SOS Child, Youth & Family Programs 
Help prep and prepare meals, spend time with children and youth, support staff and be a positive mentor.
Kids Movement Program Kitchen help is needed to prepare light snacks for both girls and boys after school groups.  Clean up after program is also included.  Hours are from 2:00 pm to approximately 5:15 pm 

Seniors Connecting
This popular program helps our seniors connect with others, socialize and attend outings. We are looking for volunteers to help with food prep, program set-up and take down.

Group Volunteering

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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 includes working 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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