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Society of Organized Services


SOS 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 SOS is fun and flexible. Volunteering in your community can easily fit any schedule or lifestyle.

Come and join us at 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, and welcome you to the SOS family.


SOS is committed to protecting the safe working environment of our staff and volunteers. That is why we will be asking for proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status for all volunteers by January 1, 2022. All new volunteer applicants will be expected to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status as a part of the application process. Thank you for your understanding as we do our part to try to put the pandemic behind us.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Join our amazing team of caring volunteers! For more information, please email the Volunteer Coordinator at or call 250-248-2093 ext. 230.

SOS Admin Office

  • Admin Assistant

Assisting the SOS Admin team with a variety of office tasks.


Meals on Wheels Program

  • Kitchen Assistant

Working in a small team to package up meals for delivery to clients.

  • Delivery Driver

Deliver hot meals to clients in District 69.


Seniors Connecting Program (Parksville & QB)

  • Event Room Set Up / Take down

Set up and take down meeting room, chairs, tables, podium, and audio-visual presentation equipment.

  • Kitchen Assistant

Prepare and serve food and refreshments for program participants. This may include snacks, coffee, tea and/or other refreshments. Typically, no cooking is involved.


Oceanside Better at Home Program

  • Friendly Visitor

Help seniors maintain their independence and social interaction by visiting once per week either in person or by phone.

  • Grocery Bus Volunteer

Assist seniors with their grocery shopping; reading labels, reaching grocery items off the shelf, help at checkout, help load the bagged groceries onto the bus, develop a friendly relationship with the clients.


SOS Thrift Shop

  • Cashier

Process sales transactions for customers through the Cash Register. Training provided.

  • Stock Shelves, Tag and Process Donations

Help in the back, including tagging donations. Assist with getting donations out on the floor. 

Child, Youth and Family Programs

  • Tailor / Stylist in the Teen GradWear Program

Assist youth in finding their outfit by providing guidance for fitting and help with alterations if needed.  Put outfits away and set up and take down GradWear clothing displays when program opens and ends.

  • Baby and Child Helpers

Hold and interact with babies, allowing caregivers to take a break during our Child, Youth and Family programs. Support children with arts and crafts, read books and support them while they play.

  • Cook in the Weekly Family Night Program

Prepare hot nutritious meals once per week for families (25 – 30 people) that attend our weekly Family Night program. Foodsafe Level 1 required. Cleanup and replenish supplies.

  • Youth Mentor

Help facilitate youth program participants’ interaction with each other and encourage their engagement in activities. Help prepare snacks and encourage participants to help clean up afterwards.

Group Volunteering

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?

 SOS Thrift Shop is a key funder of SOS programs and services. Thanks to donations, purchases and volunteer assistance, the Thrift Shop supports dozens of vital community programs and services. 95 cents of every dollar raised at the Thrift Shop goes back into this community.

Click below 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, click below.

We’d Love Your Help!

Charitable Number: 107021537RR0001

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