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Seeking student volunteers to offer companionship to children and teens with special needs

Organization: Jewish Youth Library of Ottawa

Commitment: Long term 6 months to a year

Availability: Flexible

Language Preference: English

Number of Positions Available: 10

Location: Flexible

Deadline: Jun 30, 2019


Volunteers are paired with a child who has special needs and visit their home weekly to engage in fun activities of their preference.
This is an ideal volunteer opportunity for high school and university students who are looking to volunteer once a week for an hour. We request that our volunteers can commit to at least six months of friendship in order for the relationship with their matched child to really grow. Ongoing volunteerism is ideal.

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).

Please contact coordinator Elinore Rabin (elinore.friendshipcircle@gmail.com) to schedule a meeting! There is no deadline as this program is ongoing.


Elinore Rabin



Volunteer Opportunity Address
Greetings! The Friendship Circle of Ottawa is seeking teenagers and young adults in Ottawa and surrounding areas to partake in our "Friends @ Home" program, offering companionship to children and teens with special needs.


Good for people interested in: Companionship/Visiting; Mentoring

You will be working with: Youth (16-18 years); Youth (11-15 years); Children (0-10 years)

How will this volunteer opportunity benefit you?
Volunteers will attend free training parties where they can meet other volunteers and learn valuable techniques to foster relationships with children who have special needs.
This program can also contribute towards any mandatory or school affiliated community service hours (hours will be signed off on by the program coordinator). The program coordinator is also happy to act as a reference for volunteers when applying to schools/employment opportunities. Not only is this opportunity beneficial in terms of practical experience, but it is also very fulfilling on a personal level!

How will the organization benefit?
Children with special needs can have a lot of difficulty making friends, so by volunteering you are allowing a child to finally feel a sense of companionship and enjoy what it is to have a partner in play. This program promotes inclusion in our community.

Organization category: Philanthropic intermediaries and voluntarism promotion

Volunteer Considerations

Time it will take to contact applicants - 1-6 days

This position would be great for - Youth 16-24

Vulnerable sector check required: Yes

This position can accommodate persons with a disability: Yes

Suitable for community service hours: Yes