Social Services Burlington

Few things in life are as rewarding as knowing you have done something in a very tangible way to help someone less fortunate than yourself.

You can experience that feeling by becoming a Compassion Society Volunteer.

Our volunteers are the backbone of our charity.  Duties range from sorting clothing, assisting clients with finding items, setting up, cleaning, distributing food, stocking shelves and administrative tasks.

We hope you’ll consider becoming one of our volunteers.  You’ll be doing something REALLY worthwhile!


Thank you to the Neal Family for organizing a food & bottle drive!


It was late 2018 and we were busy getting ready for the holiday season when Rudy Peternelj dropped in at the store. He came to make a donation, a sizable donation.

Mr. Peternelj owns and operates Industry Diesel & Turbo Service, a business started by Rudy’s father Albin Peternelj exactly 50 years ago! The founder, who proudly claims 86 years of age, still comes to work every day!

Industry Diesel & Turbo is Canada's largest re-manufacturer and distributor of turbochargers, fuel injectors, and fuel pumps. Over 20,000 sq.ft. of manufacturing space is dedicated to diesel fuel systems.

This is the second major donation by Rudy and his company. Compassion Society is especially grateful for his support.


Burlington Donations

Volunteer Spotlight

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    Monday, Wednesday, or Friday – no matter which day one visits Compassion Society when it first opens, Evelyn Howard will be working at the food section, ready to serve clients.READ MORE

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    Jocelyne Okens, who has volun­teered at Compassion Society since October 2016, is a “people person” who all her life has found ways to help others. She was the oldest in a family of 14 children...READ MORE

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    If you see the Compassion Society van on Burlington streets Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, it is almost certain Gilbert Deveer is behind the wheel. Gil, as he is know by those of us who work..... READ MORE

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    At the end of May 2019 Compassion Society bade farewell to a dear friend and valued volunteer, Tiina MacLeod, who after seven years of service with the Society is moving to Wasaga Beach, Ontario. READ MORE

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    Julie began volunteering at Compassion Society four years ago when she was looking for a service project for 36 girls, ages 9-11, that she was leading at the time. The girls not only donated..... READ MORE

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    One of Compassion Society’s older volunteers is 77-year-old Roger Grist, a native of Bexley, England, who first came to Canada 53 years ago. Roger is a Registered Nurse who trained in England. READ MORE

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    Walk through the front door of Compassion Society, and the first person you see may be Lynn Bednarsky, who often greets and registers clients at the front desk. She works every Friday..... READ MORE