Ways To Help This Christmas

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Dear friend,

Generations of Canadians have made donating to The Salvation Army their favourite way to help suffering individuals and families during the holidays. And it’s a wonderful Christmas tradition…

Children who would otherwise be overlooked get to experience the wonder of opening gifts of toys and clothes on Christmas Day. Families who are struggling to make ends meet receive food so they can share together in a festive holiday meal. The most vulnerable among us are welcomed in to share in the joy of the season.

But Christmas cheer is just a small part of what we provide. Through the generosity of caring people like you, The Salvation Army is meeting core human needs and bringing hope and restoration to those who need it most.

Will you keep the tradition going?

Please support our Christmas Campaign and give hope today by participating in one or more of the methods below:

1. Host a Christmas Kettle between November 12 – December 24, 2015! Gather family, friends, business colleagues together, or by yourself go for a few hours, a day, or several to spread holiday cheer in the community while collecting donations to support Salvation Army programs and help others in need. To begin, please complete the appropriate Online Kettle Host Application and email to volunteer@salvationarmyvcfs.com. To Host or Donate to an Online Kettle, visit www.fillthekettle.com, where you can also create your own friendly office competition against other departments or agencies!

To download a copy of our 2015 Volunteer Kettle Host Application, click here!

To download a copy of our 2015 Group Volunteer Kettle Host Application, click here!

2. Volunteer! Between November 16 – December 24, 2015, gather family, friends, or business colleagues together for a few hours or a day of packing toys for children and team building, or help us to unload and sort Toy Mountain on the eve of December 11, 2015! Individual volunteers are also needed to assist in the process of registering families for Christmas Assistance. To begin, please complete the appropriate Online Volunteer Application and email to volunteer@salvationarmyvcfs.com.

To download a copy of our Volunteer Application, click here!

To download a copy of our Group Volunteer Application, click here!

3. Donations by cash or cheque are accepted by mail or in person at The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8. Or donate online by visiting our Online Donation Site. Be sure to designate your gift to The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services Christmas Assistance Program. Or donate by texting “HOPE1000” to 45678! A $5.00 charge will appear on your next mobile phone bill.

4. Purchase and deliver new, unopened toys to The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8 or hold an Office Toy Drive! Encourage your colleagues to collect new, unopened toys, gift cards, or children’s clothing and allow us to distribute. Currently, we are in great need of gift cards for teens age 13-15, i.e. Cineplex, Indigo, Old Navy, H&M, Winners, Best Buy, Walmart, etc. Email donate@salvationarmyvcfs.com or phone 604-872-7676 to schedule drop off before December 24, 2015.

Please note, we are no longer able to offer the traditional Adopt-A-Family Program and facilitate meetups due to updated client confidentiality and privacy regulations, along with both client and donor security. We value your contributions to the community, and hope you continue to support us and the program recipients throughout this transition.

5. Collect essential toiletries and supplies such as: soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, socks, gloves, scarves, toques, blankets, new clothing along with other goodies such as chocolate treats and candy for The Salvation Army to distribute to both homeless and at-risk individuals living in Vancouver. Email donate@salvationarmyvcfs.com or phone 604-872-7676 to schedule drop off to The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8, before December 24, 2015.

6. Purchase and deliver new, unopened, non-perishable food items to The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8 or hold an Office Food Drive! Currently, we are in great need of: peanut butter, rice, macaroni & cheese, dry noodles, and canned soup, beans, vegetables, fruit, tuna, and meat. These items will be distributed to families in need of emergency food both at Christmas and throughout the year. Email donate@salvationarmyvcfs.com or phone 604-872-7676 to schedule drop off.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

God bless you!

The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services

Visit us online at www.salvationarmyvcfs.com

Employment Opportunity: Christmas Kettle Supervisor / Driver

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We thank and acknowledge all applicants and will pro-actively contact those selected for interviews.

** Vancouver Multiple Locations**

JOB PURPOSE:
To ensure daily setup and collection of Kettles in designated zone along with site supervision.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Provide safe, secure and timely transfer of Kettles, supplies and money to and from assigned locations
• Communicate with and provide supervision, instruction and guidance to Kettle hosts; report any and all incidents, recommendations, concerns, and trends to Kettle Coordinator
• Liaise with retail/security personnel regarding Kettle exchange, storage, shift changes, personnel changes, host breaks, host belongings, etc.
• Aid hosts in the retrieval and/or set up designated Christmas Kettle from storage locations
• Troubleshoot and debrief with Kettle Coordinator at the beginning and throughout duration of each shift
• Manage inventory and replenish Kettle supplies when low; provide maintenance to Kettles and supplies
• Perform other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Be punctual, reliable and community minded
• Positively portrays The Salvation Army and reflect its mission and core values
• Possesses good customer service skills – be friendly, courteous, positive, outgoing, flexible, task oriented, and patient
• Be able to work independently
• Ability to focus on job and refrain from distractions, i.e. mobile phone use when driving
• Possesses good oral and written communication skills
• Ability to lift and move objects up to 25 lbs.
• Follows the dress code and be well groomed
• Possesses and wear proper outdoor attire in inclement weather
• Ability to calculate basic mathematical equations and problem-solve
• Possesses and access to mobile phone and email
• Possesses a valid BC Driver’s License and access to the use of a vehicle
• Ability to attend orientation session and agrees to Standards of Conduct
• Previous fundraising experience, supervision, delivery, and volunteer experience an asset
• Agrees to undergo a Criminal Records Check
• Minimum high school education or equivalency an asset

HOURS: Max. 35 hours per week; split shift and flexible hours may be required

TERM OF EMPLOYMENT:
• Temporary part time; 6-week commitment ( Monday – Saturday, No Sundays)
• Duration: November 12, 2015 to December 24, 2015

Interested applicants must respond in writing by October 23, 2015 Friday to:
Human Resources
The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services
3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8
Fax: 604-872-7678
EMAIL: kettles@salvationarmyvcfs.com

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. Each position contributes to the mission of The Salvation Army.

Employment Opportunity: Christmas Kettle Host / Bell-Ringer

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We thank and acknowledge all applicants and will pro-actively contact those selected for interviews.

** Vancouver Multiple Locations**
JOB PURPOSE:
To collect donations from holiday shoppers by spreading Christmas cheer and promoting The
Salvation Army.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Arrive at assigned location on time, retrieve and set up designated Christmas Kettle from storage location; remain with Christmas Kettle until shift change or Kettle is picked up by personnel
• Stand near Christmas Kettle for the entire duration of shift; greet, smile and collect donations from passers-by; thank donors
• Ensure Christmas Kettle is attended or stored away during restroom and meal breaks per instruction given; to ensure security of Christmas Kettle and monetary donations
• Follow instructions of Supervisor and Coordinator; report any problems or concerns to Supervisor or Coordinator
• Distribute swag, i.e. blessing cards, etc.
• Promote Salvation Army programs & services, volunteering, when opportunities arise
• Respond to donor questions or make appropriate referral
• Collect donor’s information when a request is made for a charitable tax receipt
• Manage inventory and request supplies when necessary
• Perform other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Be punctual, reliable and community minded
• Positively portrays The Salvation Army and reflect its mission and core values
• Possesses good customer service skills – be friendly, courteous, positive, outgoing, flexible, task oriented, patient
• Be able to work independently
• Ability to focus on job and refrain from distractions, i.e. mobile phone use, texting, etc.
• Possesses good oral communication skills
• Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time and ability to lift and move objects up to 25 lbs
• Willingness to work indoors at high traffic retail locations and outdoors in inclement weather
• Follows the dress code and be well groomed
• Possesses and wear proper outdoor attire in inclement weather
• Possesses and can ensure access to mobile phone, email, transportation.
• Ability to attend orientation session and agrees of Standard of Conduct
• Previous fundraising experience, customer service, and volunteer experience an asset
• Agrees to undergo a Criminal Records Check
• Minimum high school education or equivalency an asset

HOURS: Max. 35 hours per week; Varies within 10 AM to 7 PM

TERM OF EMPLOYMENT:
• Temporary part time; 6-week commitment ( Monday – Saturday, No Sundays)
• Duration: November 12, 2015 to December 24, 2015

Interested applicants must respond in writing by October 23, 2015 Friday to:
Human Resources
The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services
3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8
Fax: 604-872-7678
EMAIL: kettles@salvationarmyvcfs.com

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. Each position contributes to the mission of The Salvation Army.

Happy Retirement to Majors Russ and Judy Holland

20150928_132743We are most grateful to Russ and Judy for their consistent and caring leadership, grounded in faith and strong commitment to their calling to Officership and the Army.  They will be missed in their current roles and in reflection upon 26 years of effective and impactful leadership, applied with love and zeal.  We wish them well as they transition and continue to serve the Lord in other ways in the future.

HAW 2015 Kensington-Cedar Cottage Connect

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The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland, Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House, and the Vancouver Public Library-Kensington Branch invite you to the 2015 Cedar Cottage Connect as part of The City of Vancouver’s Homeless Action Week.

The event takes place on October 16, 2015 from 11:00AM-2:00PM at McAuley Park (NE corner @ Fraser & Kingsway).  The event will feature a community resource area showcasing local agencies who provide services aimed at homeless and at-risk individuals, i.e. health care, employment, housing, etc. and will also include FREE food! In addition, the public is also encouraged to attend in an effort to learn what they can do in the fight against poverty.

At 12:30PM all are welcome to attend the screening of a short video illustrating the real-life challenges of living on the streets only a 1/2 block away at The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC.  Following the video presentation, will be an open community forum/discussion focusing on issues related to housing and homelessness in Vancouver.  Light snacks and beverages will be provided.  We hope to see you there!

NOWBC – Empowering Newcomer Families with Information and Resources

IMG_7118August 31, 2015 – The Vancouver School Board (VSB) Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) Program  invited The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services to participate in its Newcomer Orientation and Welcome to British Columbia (NOWBC) event which featured informative and educational activities for immigrant and refugee parents, students, and caregivers who have immigrated to Canada.  The NOWBC activities included concurrent information sessions, workshops and demonstrations on various topics relevant to “New Canadians.” There were also display areas where immigrant-serving agencies, non-profit organizations and government agencies, etc. showcased their programs and activities!

Zipline Rides at QE Park Raise Funds for Toy Mountain

IMG_0387Tuesday, August 18th – In support of Toy Mountain 2015, CTV Vancouver teamed with Greenheart International Development Corporation FlightLinez Vancouver.  100% of the proceeds from the zipline rides through Queen Elizabeth Park were generously donated to The Salvation Army to provide aid to families facing serious life challenges.

(Photo: Executive Director, Major Russ Holland, takes flight)