Last updated: July 7, 2021
Thank you for your willingness to volunteer during these complex and challenging times. Your health and safety as a volunteer in the community is our number one priority. As such, we have put together the following guidelines to keep volunteers, community members, clients and staff safe and healthy while volunteering:
If you are volunteering out in the community, make sure you continue to exercise proper physical distancing by staying at least 2 meters/6 feet apart from others.
For high-touch volunteering (such as passenger transportation to appointments & supporting essential services), be prepared with your own supply of food and drink to prevent having to share food with others.
Practices and protocols to protect volunteers, including directives regarding personal protective equipment, may vary based on the organization's mission, clients, and geography. Check with the volunteer manager at the organization where you volunteer and follow their specific guidelines, which will evolve based on directives from Ottawa Public Health.
If someone asks you to do something you are unable to do, let that person know that you cannot help and inform the volunteer manager at the organization where you volunteer, who may find a solution.
It is essential for volunteers to balance the willingness to help others with proper care of their physical, mental and social well-being. Take care of yourself!
Here are some additional resources you may want to consult for further health and safety guidance:
Volunteer Ottawa Training Webinar:
Other helpful webinars