The volunteer program offers an opportunity for community or church members to serve others by assisting at Community and Family Services or at the church.  Our Food Bank/Thrift Store/Christmas volunteer coordinator can be reached at 905-723-7422 ext 221. For other volunteer choices contact the church office at 905-436-0011. Thanks so very much for considering being a volunteer and helping so many in need.

  • Downtown Food Bank
    • volunteers assist with sorting, checking date/quality, bagging, and distributing food.
  • Downtown Thrift Store
    • volunteers assist with sorting, checking quality, pricing, and displaying donated items, as well as pick-up and delivery of larger items.
  • Christmas
    • volunteers assist with the toy sorting/displaying, creating food hampers and standing at the Christmas Kettle. Christmas kettle 2 and 3 hour shifts start mid November, and the toy work begins the beginning of December.

At the church there are many groups that gather to get things done with great fellowship along the way: Community garden, Church gardening, Kitchen helpers (coffee/tea/food), Greeters, Ushers, Media team helpers (video cameras and audio/streaming), Sunday Prep (folding bulletins/Welcome folders), Tuesday night canteen truck for homeless, Christmas kettles & toy drive ...
Downtown are more volunteer opportunities: Thrift store (sorting clothes/displaying), Food sorting/organizing/giving out, Knitting club, ...

Our volunteer program also assists individuals receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and those coming through the justice system who are required to perform community service hours by providing them with a venue to complete these hours.

Why Volunteer? The volunteer program offers a wonderful outreach opportunity for you to serve others by helping save/raise money that funds the many services offered downtown Oshawa for free.  Some of these ministries are:

  1. Providing food for those in need through our Food Bank
  2. Providing clothing and furniture through our thrift Store
  3. Providing cooked food on the streets through our food truck that goes downtown
  4. Stop Theft Counselling
  5. Marital/Couple Counselling
  6. Grief & Loss Counselling
  7. Anger & Stress Management
  8. Abuse & Trauma Counselling
  9. Spiritual Counselling Parenting
  10. Personal Boundaries & Relationship
  11. Self Image & Self-Esteem
  12. Budgeting & Financial Counselling
  13. Anxiety and Depression Counselling
  14. Christmas Toys and Christmas Food Hampers for those in need

An article: Finding your volunteer S.H.A.P.E

What many people need these days are "serving" experiences in which they can express themselves... a place to serve and be a blessing. What matters is not the duration of one's life, but the donation of it ... not how long long you lived, but how you lived. Jesus said "if you insist on saving your life, you will lose it. Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live." (Mark 8:35 LB)
Impression without expression can cause depression ...study without service can lead to spiritual stagnation. Try serving in a new position and be that blessing to someone today.

Isn’t it wonderful to see lives transformed, people given a second chance to live up to their potential?  For many Canadians that seems like just a dream, something impossible to attain.  The Salvation Army believes there is hope, that with a little help, anyone can turn their lives around, and dig their way out of whatever it is that holds them down.

The Salvation Army helped 1.9 million Canadians during the past year to do just that.  To see that there is hope, they can find their way in this world. We see people’s struggles and successes daily.  They are the reason we have hope and continue to do what we do.

People often ask us why we do it.  What’s in it for The Salvation Army? What motivates us?  …You see, we do what we do because we are a people who have been loved by God, and who love Jesus.  That means that every salvationist, each one who wears that uniform, and many who don’t wear it, has experienced God in a personal way and has a personal relationship because of the gift of His only Son. 

God’s word says this:  “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another ... Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Colossians 3:12-14 NIV)

We could have continued to worship a God who was distant, fearsome and unknowable, but the world wouldn’t have changed very much.

Instead God provided a way for us to have a personal relationship with Him.  Though we are unworthy in ourselves, by the sacrifice of God’s Son, given freely to redeem us from sin, we can now know the peace of heart that can only come from a relationship with this Prince of Peace... Jesus Christ.

The passage I quoted from Colossians, chapter 3, goes on to say:

15 “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts… And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly… 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

What motivates us?  That’s best summed up in one of the Salvation Army mottos:  “Heart to God and hand to man”….Perhaps you yourself are looking for meaning in your life.  Your successes and accomplishments have brought little joy in the end, and you wonder how can I know my life matters?

Well, it’s all about a little baby, who was born at Christmas over 2000 years ago, in a humble stable, surrounded by the sounds and smells of animals and hay – a gift of love from the father above, for you, so that you could know Him, and find your meaning in Him.  You see, Love really does change everything… and this is why we do what we do. 


Commissioner Susan McMillan has been a Salvation Army officer for 35 years



Application to Volunteer in Oshawa

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