The Salvation Army Vancouver Harbour Light

Thank you for thinking about ways you can share your time, energy, and talents with The Salvation Army Vancouver Harbour Light and our community!

Volunteers fill an important role at Harbour Light and make it possible for us to offer community services every day. We accept both individual volunteers and community/corporate groups. Volunteers help serve meals, serve in our drop-in centre, socialize with clients, tutor in our learning centre, and help file tax returns.

Are you looking to join our team of apron-wearing superheroes? Read on for more info!

Looking for INDIVIDUAL volunteer information? Start here for some of our FAQs for individual volunteers. Ready to get started? Apply to volunteer at for year-round, regular opportunities.

Looking for GROUP volunteer information? Start here for some of our FAQs for group volunteers. Ready to get started? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator today!

Looking for information about practicum placements? Start here to learn more about our requirements for practicum placements and how to inquire about placements.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Addiction Services

Please note that this is not currently an active volunteer opportunity, but we are beginning to gauge interest/knowledge as we plan ahead for future opportunities.


Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care

Share a song with Recovery Clients

Encourage our recovery clients with a song!

Every weekday morning, our recovery clients attends 15 mins of reflection program (like a morning huddle) where staff shares words of encouragement, bible verses, songs and stories. We are now recruiting volunteers who would like to share and sing songs for our clients during these morning sessions. You can share a song that has significant meaning to you or even a song that you wrote! You may share Christian or non-Christian songs. 
Contact if interested.

Companion for Client Outings (Paused Temporarily)

Our Spiritual Care team goes on community outings with treatment clients monthly.
These outings
can range from outdoor activities like hiking to indoor activities like movies.

This is a chance for clients to take a break from the DTES and explore other places in Greater Vancouver while having fun!

Contact if interested.

Community Meals

Although we are still serving meals to our community, our community meals program is currently not open to volunteers at this time due to Covid19. We do not have an exact date of when volunteer positions will be available. Please stay tune for updates and check out our other volunteer opportunities! 

Learning Centre (Skill-Base Volunteerism)

Crochet/Knitting Class Facilitator
The crochet/knitting facilitator will teach clients the basics of the craft while encouraging them to explore using this activity to practice mindfulness.

Contact if interested.

Art Workshop Facilitator
Engaging in creative arts is a great way for self-expression and discovery! Facilitate an art workshop/class for our clients, give them an outlet for emotions and walk with them in their recovery journey. Flexible commitment, schedule tbd with volunteer.

Contact if interested.

Yoga/Gentle Fitness/Taichi Session Facilitator
Passionate about fitness? Share your tips and journey with our clients by leading a fitness session. Physical fitness can enhance holistic healing by incorporating physical wellness to recovery plan.
 This position will begin online and move to in-person when our organization deem it safe for volunteers to be in our facilities again. 

Contact if interested. Schedule tbd with volunteer.

This is skill-based position with minimal to no prep required before you meet clients. We are looking for volunteers who can meet our clients where they are at and give

feedback and advice on client's reading, writing or potentially other educational topics. Volunteers will have the opportunity to build relationship, share your knowledge/talent and journey with clients!

Contact if interested. 

Other Skilled Volunteerism

Social Media Content Creator
Want to practice creating visuals and copies for social media? This role will be perfect for you! 
We are looking for volunteer content creators for VHL social media platforms to help us brand and spread the word. Suitable for experienced and beginner graphic designers, social media content creators. 

This role will be virtual with flexible commitment. You will have the room to express your creativity and also be guided along the way. Contact if interested.

For more skill base volunteer opportunities, please look under Learning Centre.

Community Meals

Harbour Light's community meal program serves an average of 400 guests at each of our ten weekly meal services. Volunteers help to plate and serve meals for our community guests, while working alongside clients from our addiction treatment program.

Group volunteers (e.g. corporate teams, faith groups etc.) must schedule via Cindy, Community Engagement Coordinator. Individual volunteers who have completed their orientation session and Criminal Record Review can self-schedule for volunteer shifts.

Right now we are open for in-person service on Thursdays to group volunteers. Volunteer shifts are approximately 10:30am-12:00pm.

Dinner services are offered Sat/Sun, and the volunteer shift is approximately 4:00pm-5:15pm. Please note that we close the dinner service on stat holidays, and the Wednesday and Friday of cheque issue weeks.

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Community Meals Translator/Server 101 3/22/2023 6/30/2023

Community Services

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12 Steps Meeting Driver/Companion 1

Event & Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

This section includes volunteer opportunities for special events, holiday community meals, kit-packing days, and other one-time shifts.

Registration is open for shifts at our Easter Community Meal. Please watch for more info!

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Easter - Main Dining Room - Table Service 1 4/9/2023 4/9/2023
Easter - Main Dining Room SERVING LINE 1 4/9/2023 4/9/2023
Easter - PREP SHIFTS 1 4/9/2023 4/9/2023
Easter Community Meal - Main Dining Room - Beverage & Sunshine Bag Station 1 4/9/2023 4/9/2023

Learning Centre

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Crochet/Knitting Facilitator 1
Yoga/Gentle Fitness/Taichi Session Facilitator 1


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Social Media Content Creator 1
Special Events Photographer 1

Spiritual Care

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Joyful Noise Choir Director 1
Recreational Outings Photographer 1
Share a song with our clients! 1

Mission Statement

The Salvation Army's Mission Statement
The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world.
Harbour Light's Mission Statement
Harbour Light is dedicated to the recognition of the dignity and worth of people - where God's love is demonstrated in a practical way through holistic programs that attend to the spiritual, social, physical and psychological well-being of the individual.