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.
The Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (ORCC) first opened its doors on December 15, 1974. Originally located in a small apartment on Somerset Street West, it was the third such Centre in Canada (others had been established in Toronto and Vancouver). Initially, the Centre was comprised of three volunteers offering crisis line services to victims of sexual assault. The ORCC has developed over the past thirty-five years into a community leader in the field of sexual violence. In 1976 the staff at the ORCC included four full-time staff members and 40 volunteers. Today the staff at the ORCC consists of seven full-time and four part-time staff members. There are over one hundred volunteers that work on the 24 - hour crisis line, and provide public education activities. The staff and volunteers also act as liaisons with the police, hospitals, lawyers and other social service resources. The Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre is a proactive, anti-racist, feminist organization working to end all forms of sexual violence. We counsel and support women, educate for change and work to create a safe and equitable community.