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Distress Centre Volunteer


Organization: Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region

Commitment: Long term (6 months to a year)

Availability: Weekends; Flexible; Evenings; Days

Language Preference: English

Number of Positions Available: 14

Location: Ottawa - Central

Deadline: Jul 31, 2020


The Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region provides a free and confidential telephone service offering suicide prevention, crisis intervention, psychological stabilization, emotional support, information and referrals to individuals of all ages. We help people in varying degrees of distress or crisis who are experiencing a wide range of problems including suicidal thoughts, abuse or violence, mental or physical illness, bereavement, addictions, sexuality and interpersonal problems, youth-related issues, unemployment and more. Our volunteer Crisis Line Responders are trained in active listening techniques, communication skills, crisis intervention and suicide prevention techniques. They help our clients assess their own situations, to establish goals and priorities, and they can link the callers to appropriate resources in the community if needed.

If interested, please visit to fill out an application!


Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region


Ext: 226

Volunteer Opportunity Address
Confidential. Located within the Ottawa area. Accessible by OC Transpo or personal vehicle with parking.


Good for people interested in: Counselling; Emergency Services; Health Care; COVID-19 Virtual Volunteering

You will be working with: 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); Seniors; Women; Youth (19-24 years); Homeless; Athletes

How will this volunteer opportunity benefit you?
Volunteers with the Distress Centre will gain extensive training that not only prepares them for work on the lines but is also relevant to work experience in a similar field and general life. After a one year commitment, volunteers can receive a credible reference for their efforts. Also, many if not all of our volunteers feel that this work is rewarding and know that they make a difference to those who need our support in our community every single day!

How will the organization benefit?
We are able to maintain our commitment to offer our service 24/7 to those who need it in our community by ensuring that there is always someone to answer the call.

Organization category: Health

Volunteer Considerations

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

This position would be great for - New Canadians; Seniors; Youth 16-24; Persons with a disability

Public transportation available: Yes

Vulnerable sector check required: Yes

This position can accommodate persons with a disability: Yes