Volunteers are people from all walks of life, all ages and stages. What they have in common is the desire to make a difference in their community and in their own life, by giving of their time and expertise.

When you volunteer you are giving something back to your community by lending a helping hand to people, churches and organizations. What you may not realize is that volunteering also benefits you as an individual. There are many good reasons to get involved in the community. The Salvation Army offers volunteer opportunities for everyone regardless of age.

The Salvation Army Kingston Citadel Community and Family Services volunteer program is driven by a dual mission to serve those in need in the name of Christ and to provide meaningful opportunities for members of the community to give in His service. Our vision is community, a united collection of neighbors and churches serving each other as an expression of Christ’s love.

Volunteers may provide practical services to those who access our services and assist with fund-raising, administration, and leadership. Community and Family Services strive to provide volunteer opportunities that effectively incorporate each person’s individual skills and interests. Many people have brought their own talents and ideas to us and are now implementing them to the benefit of all we serve. We welcome new ideas for volunteer involvement.

Time commitments vary, and we try to be flexible for all schedules. There are group, family and individual opportunities to serve. Students fulfilling placements and community volunteer hours are welcome.

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Learn or develop skills
  • Build self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Help you meet new people
  • Feel needed and valued
  • Make a difference in someone’s life
  • Express gratitude for help you may have received in the past

Why Should I Volunteer?

  • Help build a stronger community
  • Learn new skills
  • Meet new people
  • Try something different
  • Help others in the community
  • Provide needed volunteer skills
  • Explore new challenges
  • Become involved
  • Have fun

Volunteer Profiles

  1. Ambassadors
    As a Community and Family Services volunteer you would act as liaison for our ministry and your business, agency or church; promoting opportunities for service and community projects.
  2. Businesses and Corporations
    Through one-day service opportunities such as food drives, service and mission projects or participating in one of our meal programs, businesses or corporations can make a positive contribution to their community. Monetary donations are gratefully accepted as well.
  3. Churches and Large Groups
    As a large group, churches can contribute to service and mission in various ways. Whether it is through a church food drive, a dairy donation, a neighbourhood clean up day, Adopt a Kettle or sponsor a Christmas hamper for a family at Christmas, there is a way for everyone to be involved.
  4. Families
    By participating in service and missions projects, families can spend time together while making a difference to those in need within our community. Families can commit to a one time project or periodically throughout the year.
  5. Individuals
    Individuals who would like to volunteer with us are welcome to participate in many different facets of Community and Family Services dependent upon their availability and suitability for each area. A complete list of volunteer opportunities is available at our office located at 342 Patrick Street.
  6. Small Groups/Bible Studies
    As a group, donating time to serve those in need at The Gathering Place, or contributing to the Sandwich Club are areas open to small groups who are intentional in building relationships. As well making a contribution to the service of others in our Service and Mission neighbourhood clean-up days may be another avenue of service for you group.
  7. Youth Groups and Teens
    Food drives at your youth events is a great way to contribute to our Community Choice Pantry. As well, service days at our Patrick Street location with much needed lawn care, caring for the community gardens or neighbourhood clean-up on our Service and Missions projects are ways of giving to the community.

Volunteer Requirements

  1. Volunteer Application and Registration
    All individuals wishing to volunteer with The Salvation Army Community and Family Services must complete a volunteer application and provide a copy of a recent CPIC. Applicants will be screened for suitability dependent upon the position they are applying for. Additionally each applicant will be required to submit a reference from their pastor or youth leader. The Salvation Army maintains the right to terminate or alter volunteer agreements as needed.
  2. Volunteer Commitment
    Just as each volunteer is different so is each volunteer’s commitment. We appreciate the assistance of our committed volunteers whether they are volunteering on a one time basis or as a return volunteer. We ask that volunteers maintain their commitment and provide ample notice if they are unable to attend as our staff, clients and program participants count on your support!