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
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: Jun 30, 2021
Organization: Volunteer Ottawa
To assist at Children and Youth Sports Summer Camps starting in July.
Location: 2181 St Joseph Blvd, Orleans, ON K1C 1E7
Deadline: Jun 25, 2021
Organization: Volunteer Ottawa
The 88 Keys Foundation is a virtual volunteer organization dedicated to making music education accessible to underprivileged children and youth across Canada. Volunteers will be giving virtual piano lessons (45-60 minutes in length) on a weekly basis. All volunteers must have completed RCM level 8 piano, and/or RCM level 8 theory.

For more information, or to sign up as a volunteer, please visit our website:
Location: virtual
Deadline: Jun 25, 2021
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: Jun 25, 2021
Organization: Volunteer Ottawa
Plan, prepare and maintain an outdoor vegetable/flower garden for a Supported Independent Living residence.

Mature, reliable and able to work with minimal supervision.
Previous experience and knowledge of gardening

Police check required as the residence supports vulnerable individuals.
Location: 2041 St Laurent Blvd
Deadline: Jun 25, 2021
Organization: Volunteer Ottawa
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vax Aide was created to assist the vulnerable population in Ottawa in booking vaccine appointments, and getting rides to these appointments.

Vax Aide is looking for volunteers who can take people to their vaccine appointments. Based on your availability, you will pick someone up, take them to the clinic, and after they get the vaccine, you will take them back home.

Volunteer drivers require:

- A smart phone with cellular data
- A personal vehicle
- Driver's licence
- Car insurance
- a Vulnerable Sector Check
- A willingness to assist those in need

If interested, please register at Volunteer Ottawa, and you will be contacted. Please indicate if you speak other languages.

Check out VaxAide at

Location: various
Deadline: Jun 30, 2021
Organization: Volunteer Ottawa
Ontario Connecting Students is a not for profit organization designed to connect Ontario public school families with Ontario post secondary student volunteer tutors. Tutoring sessions are conducted in a virtual capacity allowing volunteers the opportunity to participate in community building from the safety of their homes.

We are looking for patient, dedicated, empathetic and personable individuals who possess excellent organization and communication skills.

Residents of Ontario who have graduated high school who possess or are presently obtaining a post-secondary degree are eligible for this opportunity. The time commitment can be as little as two hours per week. Ontario Connecting Students accommodates the busy student lifestyle while helping volunteers obtain skills that are transferable to future opportunities as well as gain demonstrated experience.

Clear vulnerable sector checks and a minimum of two (2) character references are required for this position, at least one of which must be a professional capacity.

We require all accepted applicants to undergo a virtual training workshop to ensure adherence to our conduct guidelines. Our training also assists tutors in their ongoing effort to engage participants with their schoolwork and gain understanding of how to foster positive associations with learning.

We have an urgent need for Bilingual volunteers who speak French and English, as well as those who are comfortable tutoring in math and science.

All applicants must complete our application form found on our website at

Those applicants who do not follow the instructions to fill out our application form, will not be considered until we receive the completed application form.

Location: virtual
Deadline: Jun 25, 2021
Organization: Volunteer Ottawa
We are looking for 2SLGBTQ+ Graphic Designer volunteers who will support the community programs' visual design.
Work will involve communicating ideas and developing visual concepts. The volunteer will be expected to produce visuals in various layouts to use on the website, email, and social media platforms. The Graphic Designer volunteer will be working with the community engagement and support coordinator.

Required qualifications:
● Ability to communicate effectively with GBT2Q guys from an array of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
● A genuine passion for working with the GBT2Q communities.
● Experience with graphic design programs such as: Adobe Illustrator, Sketch, Adobe Photoshop, Figma, Canva, etc.
Location: virtual
Deadline: Jun 30, 2021
Organization: Volunteer Ottawa
To register, please go directly to the Cyber Seniors website to sign-on to be a mentor:

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: Jun 25, 2021
Organization: Volunteer Ottawa
We are looking for LGBTQ+ translator who will be responsible for supporting MAX staff with translating and editing texts and documents from English to French or French to English, and review French-language documents as needed. Your support will increase our accessibility during covid-19 and parity of MAX Ottawa’s communications to people of diverse linguistic backgrounds.

We are looking for an individual with familiarity with the gender-inclusive language and with experience with a variety of media content such as grant applications, social media, news releases, fact sheets, etc.
Location: virtual
Deadline: Jun 25, 2021
Organization: Volunteer Ottawa
Bag Half Full YOW is a volunteer-run grocery shopping and delivery service started by uOttawa medical students. We are looking for anyone in Ottawa who is interested in volunteering with us. This is a great way to serve our community in this time of crisis for many people who are in very difficult situations, and a great addition to volunteers' CVs!

We reimburse our volunteers' gas mileage and have funds raised to ensure that our volunteers are never on the hook for any expenses.

What prospective volunteers will need:
- A Police Records Check (or reference letter from a prior work/volunteer experience)
- Access to a vehicle

This is a flexible volunteer position where volunteers are able to sign up for grocery orders at the times and places that work for them. It’s a great opportunity to get involved in the COVID-19 crisis and help those who really need it!

To tell us if you are interested, please fill in the following google form:

Our website:

To support us:
Location: all over Ottawa
Deadline: Jun 25, 2021