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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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Virtual Volunteer Reader


Organization: Parent Resource Centre of Ottawa

Commitment: Short term (less than 6 months)

Availability: Weekends; Flexible; Evenings; Days

Language Preference: All languages needed

Number of Positions Available: 25

Location: Virtual

Deadline: Jul 17, 2020


Become a virtual reading star by joining the PRC Read To Me campaign!

Record a video of yourself reading your favorite children’s story (suitable for children 1 to 6 years of age) and become the star you are meant to be (feel free to include other family members and pets). We hope to have as many as 40+ videos that will play online and social media sharing the joy of reading during the pandemic and beyond. Videos should be between two and fifteen minutes in length. Animated reading (changes in voice and gestures etc…) is great but not required. We are looking for volunteers to read in multiple languages (ex. English, French, Arabic, Spanish, etc…). Where possible, we will select a few video stories and alter the video to include the words of the story for children that are hearing impaired.

Volunteers are encouraged to identify themselves at the beginning of the video. (ex. “Hello, my name is Paula and I work with…. I am volunteering with the Parent Resource Centre by reading one of my favorite stories to you. The story I am going to read today is…”). At the end, volunteers are encouraged to close the story session with something like the following: “I hope you enjoyed my book today”, “thank you for watching”, “I was happy to share with you today”.

We will provide you with a sample story session that you can watch to get you started via our YouTube channel. Once your video is complete, you will be invited to upload it (preferably in MP4 format) to a private drop box folder.

Please note, that we will require all volunteers to sign and return an electronic waiver that allows us to promote and play your video online and through social media.

All videos will be reviewed prior to airing.

Please contact Paula Coons at if you are interested in participating or have other questions. She will then send you the links you require to get started.

Thank you for being part of our effort to encourage storytelling, family time, and most of all reading.

*Note: Please do not contact Paula by phone. She is working virtually and can only access phone messages weekly.


Paula Coons


Ext: 227

Volunteer Opportunity Address
Virtual Opportunity


Good for people interested in: COVID-19 Virtual Volunteering

You will be working with: Children (0-10 years)

How will this volunteer opportunity benefit you?
It is a great way to volunteer virtually during the pandemic and at the same time, help parents and children by providing a moment of relief with "Story-time".

How will the organization benefit?
When our families benefit, we benefit.

Organization category: Social services

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; Court ordered community service; Groups; Youth under 16; Families

This position can accommodate persons with a disability: Yes

Suitable for community service hours: Yes