The volunteer program offers an opportunity for community members to serve others by assisting at Community and Family Services. Our volunteer coordinator can be reached at 905-723-7422 ext 221. Thanks so very much for considering being a volunteer and helping so many in need.
- Food Bank
- volunteers assist with sorting, checking date/quality, bagging, and distributing food.
- Thrift Store
- volunteers assist with sorting, checking quality, pricing, and displaying donated items, as well as pick-up and delivery of larger items.
- EDS/MOP truck (Emergency Disaster Services/Municipal Outreach Program)
- volunteers assist with community emergencies and the community feeding programs from a full kitchen mobile truck.
- 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.
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:
- Providing food for those in need through our Food Bank
- Providing clothing and furniture through our thrift Store
- Providing cooked food on the streets through our food truck that goes downtown
- Stop Theft Counselling
- Marital/Couple Counselling
- Grief & Loss Counselling
- Anger & Stress Management
- Abuse & Trauma Counselling
- Spiritual Counselling Parenting
- Personal Boundaries & Relationship
- Self Image & Self-Esteem
- Budgeting & Financial Counselling
- Anxiety and Depression Counselling
- Christmas Toys and Christmas Food Hampers for those in need
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.
WRITTEN BY: SUSAN MCMILLAN
Commissioner Susan McMillan has been a Salvation Army officer for 35 years