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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The Catholic Centre for Immigrants, Ottawa

Community Connections Team
The Catholic Centre for Immigrants, Ottawa

219 Argyle Avenue Suite 500
Ottawa, ON
Canada K2P 2H4

TEL: 613-232-9634 ext : 3
FAX: 613-232-3660


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The goal of the Community Connections Program is to assist newcomers in their integration into their communities and the community-at-large.

Through activities and events, the program aims to help newcomers children, youth and families…..
-practice and improve language skills (Learn, Listen, Talk and Practice English)
-understand Canadian culture
-access public spaces and programs
-access pre-employment services
-become part of the Canadian society

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Matching Program at the Catholic Centre for Immigrants (CCI) is looking for volunteers to work virtually with newcomers through online platforms and by phone. Through its volunteers, the Matching Program reaches out to refugees and immigrants who are in need of support to thrive in their new life in Ottawa. Pre-COVID-19 , volunteers met face-to-face with a newcomer individual or family. Now, CCI is following Ottawa Public Health’s guidelines, which recommend social distancing.
Volunteers should be established adult members of the community, preferably having lived in Canada for more than 3 years, who are familiar with the Canadian system and culture and who know how to access resources in Ottawa. Access to a smart phone and/or computer with a good internet connection is necessary. Patience, kindness, an open mind and an interest in other cultures are very important qualities for our volunteers. We ask our volunteers to make a 1 to 2 hour weekly commitment for a period of 6 months to 8 months. If interested, please send your application to
Location: Currently volunteering happens through online platforms or by phone. Pre-COVID, opportunities were in different neighbourhoods of the city. The office is located at 219 Argyle Avenue, K2P 2H4.
Deadline: Feb 28, 2021