VO is recruiting and deploying volunteers to respond to the volunteer needs specific to COVID-19 in Ottawa, Prescott-Russell, Lanark County and Renfrew County while ensuring proper screening and training protocals to safeguard the health of those volunteering and those they are assisting. Please see the intake portals for volunteers, for members, and for other agencies on our hompage. VO’s COVID 19 volunteer deployment program is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the Ottawa Community Foundation.
The Boom! Savings! Charity Shopping Club finds crazy deals and takes full advantage of them, all for charity! The main shopper, Gavin, has a gift for being able to figure out the best deals possible. This group started as a $150 donation to see how far it could be stretched, it turned into $1535.49 worth of supplies! This group really took off in February, $12,700 worth of general supplies was donated to local charities, using only $1,100 in cash, 200,000 Optimum points and 210,000 PC Points! They also bought $7,000 worth of children's winter outerwear for $1,600 using a combination of a clearance sale and a PC points promotion. The group contributes to local food cupboards, alternate schools (Youville Centre, Norman Johnston Alternate School), Syrian refugee organizations and women's shelters and outreach programs.