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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Jewish Youth Library of Ottawa

Elinore Rabin
Program Coordinator
Jewish Youth Library of Ottawa

192 Switzer Avenue
Ottawa, ON
Canada K1Z7H8

TEL: (613) 729-1619


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People with disabilities or medical conditions; Youth (16-18 years); Youth (11-15 years); Children (0-10 years)

The Friendship Circle of Ottawa is a program run by the Jewish Youth Library of Ottawa and seeks to provide inclusive opportunities for volunteers and children with special needs. The Friends at Home program connects young
volunteers to a child that has special needs, offering weekly visits and companionship in the child's home.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Friendship Circle of Ottawa is seeking teenagers/young adults to partake in our "Friends @ Home" program. Student volunteers are paired with a child and communicate weekly with the child they have been paired with. We hope that our volunteers can commit to at least six months of friendship in order for the relationship with their matched child to really grow. Volunteers do not need to have extensive training in the field of special needs, just an interest in children and an accepting attitude.

For the safety of our participants it is also asked that the volunteer who are over 18 have a police records check/vulnerable sector check (a note can be provided to have this done for a reduced cost).

Under normal circumstances, the volunteer visits their buddy at home, but due to current circumstances, we are limited to online or phone call visits. We hope to return to in-person meetings soon!
Location: 192 Switzer Avenue, Ottawa, ON
Deadline: Dec 31, 2020