VO is implementing a plan focused on recruitment and deployment of volunteers to respond to the volunteer needs specific to COVID-19. As part of that plan we will be working with Ottawa Public Health and other agencies to ensure proper screening and training protocals to safeguard the health of those volunteering and those they are assisting. Within the next week, volunteers will be able to register for COVID-19 specific volunteering, including virtual volunteering, food delivery and transportation, and agencies will be able to post and/or send VO their COVID-19 specific needs for volunteer matching. In the interim, Agencies can view resources and additional information on our Members COVID-19 Update and volunteer resources are available at our COVID-19 Volunteer Update.
Last updated: March 24, 2020
Please follow all Ontario Ministry of Health guidelines, guidelines to safeguard your health. If you are 65 or older or have travelled recently, please refrain from any face to face volunteering.
If it is safe to volunteer see the opportunities that continue to be posted to our website. Volunteer roles and not-for-profit needs are changing rapidly. The availability of volunteer opportunities and the ability of not-for-profits to respond to volunteer applications may therefore be limited by preparations for this new reality.
VO is working with members to identify volunteer opportunities related specifically to those affected by COVID-19 and updates will be posted here.
We encourage volunteers to consider virtual volunteering options, and to reach out to not-for-profits to ascertain their needs.
Social isolation can be damaging and have negative consequences. At this difficult time, please consider your friends and neighbours and social circles in the community.
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