Volunteer With Us

At The Salvation Army Community Services (Calgary), volunteers are integral to the work we do. Working in our shelters, food bank, Christmas programs, special events, and more – directly impacting the lives of our residents and clients and strengthening our community.

If you are interested in joining our Behind the Shield volunteers community, please click here to complete a volunteer application. Once your application is submitted you will be connected with the appropriate contact(s) based on your volunteer interests!

Frequently Asked Questions

Please complete the volunteer application to be invited to attend a New Volunteer Orientation! Here you will learn about the history of The Salvation Army, the great programs we offer and the different types of volunteers we have at our organization. We will also review screening requirements and explain the process of how to become a volunteer. Our goal at The Salvation Army is to ensure you feel confident and prepared to start their volunteer journey. New Volunteer Orientations are offered monthly.

Regular volunteers are assigned to individual departments, bring specialized skills which can support the specific program, and volunteer on a consistent basis. Only regular volunteers are allowed to work directly with residents or clients, or in unsupervised settings. A thorough screening process is required for the position they fill. Regular volunteers may also participate in internal training opportunities when available.

 

 

Meeting with the department supervisor/manager recruiting volunteers

o Intake Meeting with Volunteer Coordinator

o Reference Checks – we do ask for two references

o Police Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search

o Intervention Record Check (if you will be in contact with minors)

o The Salvation Army – Abuse Registry Clearance

o Online Abuse Prevention Training

o Minimum of a 6-month volunteer commitment

Please note, the process to become a regular volunteer can take up to 6 weeks

Casual volunteers provide service for one-time, special and/or seasonal projects such as Christmas celebrations. Casual volunteers are not permitted to work directly one-on-one with clients or in unsupervised environments.

 

Groups are communities, businesses, schools, post-secondary institutions or church groups that volunteer casually with CS(C). The Volunteer Coordinator will communicate with the group coordinators to find a suitable placement for the group. Groups can volunteer at special events, such a Coat Drives or Stampede Breakfasts, serve meals in our kitchen, rake leaves at the West Campus, and more!

 

o Ages 16-17: may volunteer in specific positions without a parent/guardian

o Ages 12-15: can volunteer in specific positions as long as there is a parent or guardian with them

o Special permission is required for children under 12 to volunteer

At this time, we do not have a Fine Options program or the ability for volunteers to complete court mandated community service hours.

Where it is discovered that an applicant has a criminal record, the nature of the criminal record and the type of work being offered will be considered and a decision will be made. Please contact the Volunteer Services team for more information.

Persons legally eligible to work/volunteer in Canada are Canadian citizens, permanent residents and holders of valid authorization, which allows them to work/volunteer for The Salvation Army in Canada. Foreign Nationals are required to submit a valid open Work Permit or Student Permit before they may volunteer. Those without proper work authorization may be able to volunteer at special events. Please contact the Volunteer Services team for more information.

Apply today to join our Behind the Shield volunteer community!

The following are our current volunteer needs. Please note: the skills, knowledge, and motivations of all volunteers applicants (individuals and groups) will be considered and additional volunteer positions are possible.

View Current Volunteer Positions:

Recreation Space Crew Member

Kitchen Attendant 

Bus Chaperone 

 

 

Volunteer Services Contact Information:
Call (403) 410-1109
cscalgary.volunteerservices@salvationarmy.ca