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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 Heather at or call her at 250-248-2093 ext. 230.

Parksville and Qualicum Beach

• Kitchen Assistants and Drivers in the Meals on Wheels Program – Help out in the kitchen packing food or help us deliver the healthy meals around our communities.

• Friendly Visitors in the Oceanside Better at Home Program – This role entails making weekly phone calls from your home to our clients who are isolated to check in on them and provide some social interaction. In normal times, this occurs in person but during the pandemic we have been doing them over the phone.


• Various roles in the SOS Thrift Shop – Come join the fun at our bustling Thrift Shop. Help at the cash desk or assist with stocking our shelves. More of a behind the scenes person? We have that available too!

•  Tailor / Stylist for the Teen Gradwear Program– (Seasonal – March 21-26 & May 2-7 by appointment). Assist youth in finding their outfit by providing guidance for fitting and helping out with alterations if needed.  Putting outfits away, and setting up and taking down gradwear clothing displays when program opens and ends (Opens last week January and Closes first week of July).

Qualicum Beach

• Baby and Child Helpers in the SOS Child Youth and Family Centre – 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 for SOS Child Youth and Family Programs  – Prepare hot nutritious meals once per week for families
(25 – 30 people) that attend our weekly Family Night program.


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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