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Friendship for Children with Special Needs


Organization: Jewish Youth Library of Ottawa

Commitment: Long term (6 months to a year)

Availability: Weekends; Flexible; Evenings; Days

Language Preference: English

Number of Positions Available: 10

Location: Flexible

Deadline: Dec 31, 2020


The Friendship Circle of Ottawa is seeking teenagers/young adults to partake in our "Friends @ Home" program. Student volunteers are paired with a child and communicate weekly with the child they have been paired with. We hope that our volunteers can commit to at least six months of friendship in order for the relationship with their matched child to really grow. 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).

Under normal circumstances, the volunteer visits their buddy at home, but due to current circumstances, we are limited to online or phone call visits. We hope to return to in-person meetings soon!


Elinore Rabin


Volunteer Opportunity Address
192 Switzer Avenue, Ottawa, ON


Good for people interested in: Disability Support; Mentoring; Companionship/Visiting; COVID-19 Virtual Volunteering

You will be working with: People with disabilities or medical conditions; Youth (16-18 years); Youth (11-15 years); Children (0-10 years)

How will this volunteer opportunity benefit you?
Volunteers do not need to have extensive training in the field of special needs, just an interest in children and an accepting attitude. Volunteers will attend free training sessions with a specialist in special education where they can meet other volunteers and learn valuable techniques to foster relationships with children who have special needs such as autism. Furthermore, because Friendship Circle is part of a long-standing and respected registered charity (The Jewish Youth Library of Ottawa), volunteer hours can be counted toward school community service requirements, and coordinator Elinore Rabin is happy to act as reference for those that have shown commitment to their role. This is a valuable reference asset in applying to schools and employment opportunities.

How will the organization benefit?
This important program allows children who often feel socially isolated to gain confidence through companionship.
*this program is free of cost (run by a non-profit organization) and provides parents an hour of respite benefits!

Organization category: Social services

Volunteer Considerations

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

This position would be great for - Young Adults (19-24); High School Students or Adolescents (14-18)

Suitable for community service hours: Yes