Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SOS is only able to offer essential services. This includes: Meals on Wheels, Emergency Assistance & Advocacy (by phone),  Seniors Advocacy (by phone), Counselling Referral (online), Seniors grocery shopping and Friendly Phone Visiting (through Oceanside Better at Home and BC211), the Homeless Prevention Program and the Income Tax program (by phone). SOS Thrift Shop is open as of June 15, 2020 with limited hours and new procedures to keep you safe. Please visit the Thrift Shop page for more information. SOS Community Services Centres are closed, and volunteer activities are suspended with the exception of a few areas. For more information or for assistance, call 250-248-2093. Monetary donations are critical at this time to keep our services available. If you are able, please consider donating. We wish you good health and hope to reconnect again soon.

Volunteer & Donate

Volunteering2017HenriJohannaSOS 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 the SOS is fun, flexible and social. Volunteering in your community can easily fit any schedule or lifestyle.

Come and join us at the 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 for all our positions, and welcome you to the SOS family.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

*Please note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to suspend our Volunteer program. Once the pandemic is over, we will resume volunteer activities and begin interviewing potential volunteers again. Thank you for your interest!

Call Renee Caulder at 250-248-2093 ext. 230 to inquire or get started as a Volunteer

Join one of the largest volunteer organizations in your community, offering over 30 programs and services! Become part of the greatest volunteer team and make an impact by volunteering your time.

SOS Thrift Shop
3.5 hours a week, either am or pm.  Your support helps fund more than 30 vital community programs and services! 95 cents on every dollar collected goes back into our community. Looking to volunteer as a couple? This is a great opportunity. The Thrift Shop is in need of cashiers on a variety of days.  Morning shift 9:00 am – 12:30 pm.  Afternoon shift - 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm.

Better At Home
Drivers – Take clients to non-medical appointments: hairdresser, banking, personal shopping etc. The program drives clients between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

Grocery Bus/Shopping Attendants – Help seniors read labels, reach for items etc. and sit with them for a coffee break before heading home. Offered in Parksville and Qualicum Beach.

Meals on Wheels 
Kitchen volunteers are needed to help prepack meal bags for program drivers to deliver.  Program runs Monday/Wednesday/Friday and time commitment is from 9:45 am – 11:15 am.

Seniors Connecting
This popular program helps our seniors connect with others, socialize and attend outings. Kitchen and hospitality volunteers are needed to help prepare and provide a light lunch to group participants in this interactive program.  This program is offered in both Parksville and Qualicum Beach.

SOS Child, Youth & Family Programs
Kitchen help - Prepare light snacks for after school groups.  Children and youth look forward to nutritious snacks and meals in our programs. Approximate hours are from 2 pm – 5:15 pm. This includes food preparation and kitchen clean up.  The programs are offered in Parksville and Qualicum Beach.

Volunteer as a Couple - Help prepare nutritious snacks or full meals for our participants. This is a fun way to connect as a couple and support our community! Come out to volunteer your culinary skills and have dinner too!  Programs vary from 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm (not including prep time).

Kids Movement Program – Male and Female Mentors needed in this activity based after school program for children age group 9 – 11 years old. Will have direct interaction with children to help encourage activity participation, help build self esteem and inspire confidence. This program is offered in Parksville and Qualicum Beach.


Group Volunteering

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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?

Over 80% of SOS funding comes from the Thrift Shop. Thanks to donations, purchases and volunteer assistance, the Thrift Shop is the key funder of SOS and makes our more than 30 vital community programs and services possible. 95 cents of every dollar raised at the Thrift Shop goes back into this community. Click here 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, go to this site to donate your car.

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