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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Volunteer Ottawa

Sophie Jodouin
Program and Communications Coordinator
Volunteer Ottawa

815 St. Laurent Blvd., Suite 208
Ottawa, ON
Canada K1K 3A7

TEL: 613-736-5270
FAX: 613-736-5262


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Aboriginals (First Nation, Metis, Inuit); Visible Minorities or New Canadians; Disadvantaged; LGBTTQ; Men; People with disabilities or medical conditions; Youth (16-18 years); Youth (11-15 years); Children (0-10 years); Animals; Seniors; Women; Youth (19-24 years); Homeless; Athletes

Volunteer Ottawa links people with community organizations. Our interactive website has thousands of volunteer opportunities from organizations who need volunteer energy to deliver their critical community services. Volunteer Ottawa supports persons with disabilities, new Canadians,corporations and professionals connected to voluntary organizations in and around the city. Volunteer Ottawa works directly with organizations to support knowledge development and resource distribution on topics integral to the effective and efficient use of volunteer capacity. Volunteer Ottawa is a registered non-profit Canadian charity and relies on donations and grants to continue its 53 year history of community development.
Bénévoles Ottawa assure le lien avec les organismes communautaires. Notre site Web interactif affiche des milliers d’occasions de bénévolat de ces organismes qui ont besoin de bénévoles pour dispenser des services critiques à la communauté.

Volunteer Opportunities

Organization: Volunteer Ottawa
Smiles for Seniors Ottawa is a student-led virtual volunteer organization spreading positivity and joy to isolated seniors in retirement homes during the pandemic.
Volunteers send online submissions of cards, art, music and letters. There are no requirements for the amount of submissions that volunteers must complete and no special skills are needed.
We also give volunteer service hours for high school students.
For more information and to sign up as a volunteer, please visit our website:
Location: virtual
Deadline: Feb 26, 2021
Organization: Volunteer Ottawa
Dress for Success is in dire need of volunteers for our flagship clothing program. Volunteers in our "suiting" program are called Wardrobe Consultants and they work 1-on-1 with women who are in need of clothing for interviews or new employment opportunities. Wardrobe Consultants help women find the right outfits for them either in-person or virtually (depending on what the client chooses). All volunteers will be working in our boutique. Volunteer shifts are 2.5 hours long. We have implemented COVID safety measures to ensure physical distancing as much as possible as well as PPE and enhanced cleaning.

No specific skills/experience is required - only a desire to help women find outfits and personal care products that make them feel professional and confident for their new endeavours! Specific and detailed training will be provided before starting in the role.

A level 2 police check is required.
Location: 200 Catherine Street, Suite L100 Ottawa ON K2P 2K9
Deadline: Feb 12, 2021
Organization: Volunteer Ottawa
Mentoring is a method of passing on lived experiences to support another caregiver in an empowering and meaningful way. Anyone who has been a caregiver will know that the caregiving role presents many challenges. These challenges will be different for every caregiver and from time to time support will be needed.

A Peer Mentor has a wealth of experience and knowledge which can help another caregiver with the challenges of their caregiving situation. Caregivers share a common identity and can create a bond through sharing their experiences. You can easily connect by phone or by online/virtual discussion with your Caregiver Participant without leaving your home.

An OCO trained peer mentor will:
• ‘Just be there’/Listen
• Provide encouragement, support and acceptance
• Acknowledge a caregiver’s strengths
• Share lived experience and give real life examples
• Discuss a caregiver’s wellbeing
• Provide support with developing coping strategies
• Provide relevant information
• Provide support to set goals the caregiver identifies
• Celebrate any goals the caregiver achieves
• Be someone for a caregiver to bounce ideas off

An OCO trained peer mentor must be:
• A caregiver who is currently or has previously provided physical and/or emotional support to a family member, partner, friend or neighbour
• Over 18 years of age
• Able to give a one year commitment to the program
• Undergo a reference check and criminal background check

The Ontario Caregiver Organization invites caregivers with diverse backgrounds from across Ontario to join our 1:1 Peer Support Program as a Peer Mentor. We are actively recruiting bilingual or multilingual caregivers who are fluent in English and also other languages. The OCO staff will provide training and support for all volunteers to feel confident in their role as Peer Mentor.
To apply for the OCO Peer Mentor position, please visit:
Location: n/a
Deadline: Feb 12, 2021
Organization: Volunteer Ottawa
To register, please go directly to the Cyber Seniors website to sign-on to be a mentor: https:/

Cyber-Seniors is an intergenerational program that trains young people to be tech mentors for senior citizens. The ability to use online communication applications to stay connected is vital for older adults and other vulnerable people. Helping a senior learn to use transactional websites to order groceries, pharmaceuticals, food delivery, etc., will make a big difference in allowing them to remain self-sufficient from the safety of their home. In the best of times, digital literacy can be life-altering; in times like these, it can be life-saving.Also, please help us by letting any Seniors you know that they can:
• register online for a group session or one-on-one tech-support by visiting our website at; or
• access the over 1200 training tutorials (soon available in Spanish and French) and the Cyber-Seniors discussion forum by calling us at 1-844-217-3057 to register.

To register, please go directly to the Cyber Seniors website to sign-on to be a mentor: https:/

Location: virtual - national organization
Deadline: Feb 5, 2021