COVID-19 Update

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.

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Statement about COVID-19

Covid19/109864740_1828253560631970_5331353042788968817_n.jpgVolunteer Ottawa will be holding all of our courses online via Zoom or MS Teams for the foreseeable future. Participants can access training sessions using any web-enabled device such as a computer, tablet, or a smartphone. 

If you have any questions, please see our COVID-19 policy and procedures protocol or contact Ann Moran by email or by phone at 613-736-5266 x158


COVID-19 Support Training Sessions

Volunteer Ottawa has received funding from the United Way East Ontario to develop programs that assist not-for-profit organizations across Ottawa, Lanark County, Prescott-Russell and Renfrew County to address the continuing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic (both immediate and longer term)

As a result of the survey and roundtable discussions, a series of virtual workshops was developed to assist organizations, their volunteers and staff to address the issues identified.  See below.

Business Continuity Planning and Scenario Planning- a two-part workshop

Business Continuity Planning

Is your organization prepared to continue to deliver its core programs and services if normal operations are interrupted?  Having a business continuity plan will allow you to maintain or quickly resume operations during or after an event or hazard like COVID-19 that causes a service interruption. Is effective planning possible during changing and uncertain times? Compiling key information and resources in advance will ensure your organization has a framework to work through important decisions when an event occurs

Scenario Planning

Once your business continuity plan has been developed, it needs to be tested. The goal of scenario planning is not to develop the perfect scenario, but more to give the leadership team a mechanism to test their strategies, plans, and decisions under a range of potential future scenarios. In this session, you will work through a sample scenario related to COVID-19.

Instructor: Aasif Khakoo
Cost: Members and organizations operating within Ottawa and surrounding areas - Free

All other organizations - $150.00

Part 1: Business Continuity. Tuesday, February 2, 2021.  10:30 am to 12:00pm
Part 2: Scenario Planning. Thursday, February 4, 2021. 10:30 am to 12:00pm

Click here to register

Developing an Organizational Return to Work Plan

Since the pandemic was declared in mid-March, health and safety and physical distancing restrictions across all sectors of our society meant that workplaces, programs, activities and events have been suspended, postponed or cancelled. As restrictions begin to ease, more organizations are considering how and when to re-open their workplaces. Whether your organization is currently operating or you are planning for your employees and volunteers to return to the workplace, this webinar will help you develop a plan to work safely.

Instructor: tbd
Cost: Members and organizations operating with Ottawa and surrounding areas - Free

All other organizations - $75.00


Adapting to Virtual Volunteering and Keeping Volunteers Engaged

Virtual volunteering has been around long before COVID-19, but the current constraints under which we are living has made it something that many nonprofits are now considering for the first time to help them address physical distancing and gathering restrictions, suspended or closed volunteer programs. In addition, some of those restrictions have caused many volunteers to have to step away from volunteering.

Instructor: Adam Janes
Cost: Members and organizations operating with Ottawa and surrounding areas - Free

All other organisations -  $75.00


Self-Care: Wellness and Mental Health Supports for Staff, Volunteers and Clients

COVID-19 is having a negative impact on Canadians’ mental health, with many seeing their stress levels increase since the onset of the pandemic. People are struggling with fear and uncertainty about their own health and the health of those they care about, concerns about employment and finances, and the social isolation that comes from public health measures, physical distancing and even remote work. Organization staff are often taking on the work of volunteers in addition to their own, volunteers who have had to step away are dealing with social isolation. A recent poll found that 50% of Canadians reported worsening mental health since the pandemic began with many feeling worried (44%) and anxious (41%). One in 10 Canadians polled said that their mental health had worsened ‘a lot’ as a result of COVID-19. Similar results were found in a survey of Canadian workers, where 81% reported that the pandemic is negatively impacting their mental health, indicating a significant drop in overall worker mental health since the beginning of COVID-19. Join us to look at these issues.

Instructor: Dr. Tim Simboli
Cost: Members - Members and organizations operating with Ottawa and surrounding areas - Free

All other organisations -  $75.00


Effective Communications During Pandemic Response and Recovery

Nonprofits and charities are facing a significant challenge as they strive to maintain connections to their audiences during a time of fear, information overload and short attention spans. At the same time, nonprofits are trusted leaders in their communities and especially now, need to effectively communicate and connect with their internal and external audiences.

Instructor: Darcy Boucher
Cost: Members - Members and organizations operating with Ottawa and surrounding areas - Free

All other organisations -  $75.00