Camp Registration is NOW OPEN!

Do you have a 7 – 12 year old who would love to go to camp? If so, they can!

Dates: Monday, July 29th to Friday, Aug 2nd (overnight camp)
Ages: 7 to 12 years old (when the camp is happening)
Fees: $320/camper. 
Location: Gibsons, Sunshine Coast. The transportation will be provided from Vancouver to the camp.  
Deadline: We will aim to fill up the spots by the end of June. Please take quick action if you are interested!

Email, or call 604 – 872 – 7676 for more information. 

Kettle Host Luncheon

We were delighted to re-connect and share a lunch with past kettle hosts from our 2016 Christmas campaign. The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services is appreciative and grateful for such wonderful kettle hosts who braved our cold winter and warmed the hearts of many people with their smiles and cheerful bell-ringing.

Kettle Host Luncheon

Thank you for your joy, laughter, dedication and hard work!

This Christmas, Volunteer your Time and be a Bell Ringer for The Salvation Army!


We welcome individuals, groups, corporations, businesses, clubs, organizations and teams to support Salvation Army programs and services by giving your time to host a kettle in your community throughout the duration of the campaign or just for a day.  A sign can even be created for the Kettle stand recognizing your group’s partnership with The Salvation Army.  For more information on volunteering as a kettle host or “bell-ringer” please phone 604-872-7676 or email    We thank-you for your continued generosity!  Also, be sure to check out our Kettle Promotional Video and applications below.

Apply to Host a Kettle !

Begin the process by downloading a copy of the 2016 SAVCFS CHRISTMAS VOLUNTEER KETTLE HOST APPLICATION or request one from  To register a group; instead, download a copy of the 2016 SAVCFS CHRISTMAS GROUP KETTLE HOST APPLICATION.  Once completed, please submit your application: by postal mail or in person to the Kettle Coordinator at The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8; by fax to 604-872-7678; or by email to  We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Teryiaki-1History of the Kettles

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is one of Canada’s largest and most recognizable annual charitable events.  In addition to the critical fundraising impact of the Campaign, the Christmas Kettles boost the Army’s visibility and awareness.  In fact, there are more than 2,000 kettle locations across Canada that support a wide range of Salvation Army programs.

For many Canadians, the Christmas Kettles are their only point of contact with The Salvation Army all year.  According to public opinion polling, more than half of all Salvation Army donors list “giving to a Christmas Kettle” as their primary method of giving to The Salvation Army.

Furthermore, the Army relies on the co-operation of numerous retail partners to endure the ongoing success of this campaign.  Continued goodwill from these retail partners is critical.

For all of these reasons, it is crucial that the Christmas Kettle Campaign be effectively and consistently managed across the country.  The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign has raised funds for more than 120 years to meet its demand for services.  The Campaign has grown into one of Canada’s most significant and recognizable annual charitable events.

Canada’s first kettle was used in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 1906.  Today, the familiar kettles and kettle workers (or ‘bell ringers’) are seen in more than 2,000 locations nationwide.  For more than 100 years the annual Christmas Kettle Campaign has been a great way for people to help others in need in their local community through the work of The Salvation Army!

Christmas Kettle Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Bell Ringer?

A Bell Ringer is someone who stands beside the iconic Salvation Army Christmas Kettle and receives donations from passers-by.  They ring bells where permitted to subtly remind people of those in need at Christmas in our community.  Kettles are typically located in malls and outside retail stores from mid-November to Christmas Eve.

How much time is required?

Bell Ringers typically stand by a kettle 2 to 4 hours at both indoor and outdoor locations.  Ideally, it is best if volunteers commit to 8 to 10 hours throughout the course of the Christmas Kettle Campaign which runs from mid-November to Christmas Eve.

What is the Christmas Kettle Campaign?

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is a fundraising effort that occurs each year during the Christmas season.  Kettles are found in 2000 locations across Canada and are an opportunity for the public to donate whatever funds they can to support the work of The Salvation Army during the Christmas season and throughout the year.

The tradition of Salvation Army kettles began in San Francisco in 1891 with Captain Joseph McFee.  Captain McFee was looking for a way to help provide meals to families in need and recalled the “Simpson’s pot” – a large pot used in Liverpool, England into which passers-by threw charitable donations.  Captain McFee decided to place a similar pot at the Oakland ferry landing.  By strategically placing the kettle, he was able to attract donations from those going to and from the ferry boats.

Now, over 100 years have passed and beyond providing Christmas dinners, the money raised at kettles is also used to provide clothing, shelter, food, toys, financial assistance and counselling year-round.  The Salvation Army’s holiday fund-raising activities play a crucial role in sharing the spirit of the season with families in need.  The Salvation Army does its best to ensure that no family goes without food, no child is without presents under the tree and that Christmas is a time of hope and healing.

What happens to the money raised?

For too many Canadians, the necessities of life needed for basic human dignity are out of reach.  Poverty is the root cause that puts dignity out of reach for millions of Canadians, making access to everyday needs, like food, clothing and shelter, difficult.

Funds raised through donations made at Christmas kettles, together with other sources of funds, help provide direct, compassionate, hands-on service to 1.6 million people each year in Canada, restoring hope and dignity to those who might otherwise remain invisible in society.

How does The Salvation Army determine where the funds raised will be used?

While Salvation Army Christmas kettles can be found all across Canada, and around the world, each Christmas kettle location is organized and managed by a local Salvation Army unit. The funds raised stay in the community in which they were donated and are used to support local Salvation Army programs for people in need.

TELUS Days of Giving 2016

IMG_0750A BIG thanks to the 11 TELUS employees who volunteered at the Community Drop-In Breakfast on May 27th and served over 50 meals.  “We give where we live to improve the lives of youth and their communities. We are committed to driving strong social outcomes in the areas of health, education and the environment by harnessing the power of technology to improve healthcare, ensure our youth’s future success and promote a sustainable environment.” – @TELUS

2016 VCFS Volunteer Service Award Winners


Darren Taruc—Sally Ann Service Award—For Outstanding Commitment to Mission and For Completing 37 Hours of Volunteer Service From December 10, 2015 to March 31, 2016

Elizabeth Lawson—Kettle Host Service Award—For 52 Hours of Service & For Fundraising $1, 862.43 During the 2015 Christmas Kettle Campaign

Hong Wo Wu—Retirement Achievement Award—For 8 Years of Volunteer Service From 2008 – 2016 and For Completing 94 Hours of Volunteer Service From May 20, 2015 to March 31, 2016

Juanita Kushner—Longstanding Service Award—For 8 Years of Volunteer Service From 2008 – 2016 and For Completing 72 Hours of Volunteer Service From May 20, 2015 to March 31, 2016

Nicole Kushner—Longstanding Service Award—For 8 Years of Volunteer Service From 2008 – 2016 and For Completing 26 Hours of Volunteer Service From May 20, 2015 to March 31, 2016

Tomomi Shinohara—Volunteer Of The Year—For Completing 117 Hours of Excellent Service Between January 26, 2016 and March 31, 2016


The Salvation Army Celebrates Volunteers

CaptureDuring National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, The Salvation Army is celebrating the significant contributions of our 140,000 volunteers. If you’ve supported our work as a volunteer, please accept our sincere appreciation.

“Every day, Salvation Army volunteers contribute their time and skills to improve the lives of vulnerable people in their communities. Their contributions are essential to the success of Salvation Army programs and services,” says Major Les Marshall, Territorial Public Relations & Development Secretary.

The Salvation Army has many volunteer opportunities across the country.

Candace serves food at a Salvation Army hot meal program to help hungry people in her community. “The meal program helps us connect with people and look for solutions to their other concerns as well,” she says.

Terry drives hundreds of people who can’t afford transportation to medical appointments. “I feel better when I can make someone’s life a little easier,” he says.

The Salvation Army relies on our volunteers in order to carry out our work effectively. You can make a difference in the lives of vulnerable Canadians. For more information on volunteering, click here.

Fraser Academy “Week Without Walls” 2016

IMG_0401A BIG thank-you to the students and instructors of Fraser Academy who volunteered at VCFS from February 16-18, 2016 during “Week Without Walls.”  This initiative was designed to help students develop into socially responsible citizens through community service work.  The students helped with tasks such as: sorting non-perishable food, packing food hampers, counting and sorting school supplies, and cleaning!  For more information please visit

Wishing You a Happy New Year!


Dear Friends,

The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services thanks you for your generous contributions this past Christmas and throughout 2015.  Your ongoing commitment allows us to reach out to those in our community who need it most.  Click here to learn more about our programs and services!

We look forward to a continued partnership throughout 2016 and encourage you to follow us on Twitter or sign up for our Newsletter.  You may wish to visit us online occasionally for current and upcoming volunteer and donor opportunities.  For more information, please contact us at 604-872-7676 or email

Have a Happy New Year!