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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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Matching Program


Organization: The Catholic Centre for Immigrants, Ottawa

Commitment: Long term (6 months to a year)

Availability: Weekends; Flexible; Evenings; Days

Language Preference: English

Number of Positions Available: 20

Location: Virtual

Deadline: Feb 28, 2021


The Matching Program at the Catholic Centre for Immigrants (CCI) is looking for volunteers to work virtually with newcomers through online platforms and by phone. Through its volunteers, the Matching Program reaches out to refugees and immigrants who are in need of support to thrive in their new life in Ottawa. Pre-COVID-19 , volunteers met face-to-face with a newcomer individual or family. Now, CCI is following Ottawa Public Health’s guidelines, which recommend social distancing.
Volunteers should be established adult members of the community, preferably having lived in Canada for more than 3 years, who are familiar with the Canadian system and culture and who know how to access resources in Ottawa. Access to a smart phone and/or computer with a good internet connection is necessary. Patience, kindness, an open mind and an interest in other cultures are very important qualities for our volunteers. We ask our volunteers to make a 1 to 2 hour weekly commitment for a period of 6 months to 8 months. If interested, please send your application to


Mercedes Alarcon

613 282 5162

Volunteer Opportunity Address
Currently volunteering happens through online platforms or by phone. Pre-COVID, opportunities were in different neighbourhoods of the city. The office is located at 219 Argyle Avenue, K2P 2H4.


Good for people interested in: Disability Support; Mentoring; Teaching/Tutoring

You will be working with: 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)

How will this volunteer opportunity benefit you?
Volunteers have the opportunity to have a direct, positive impact on the lives of people in need of support. Volunteers can learn about another culture and gain a better understanding of the challenges of starting life over in a new country. Volunteers have the satisfaction of making Ottawa a more welcoming city while helping others to achieve their dreams.If interested, please send your application to

How will the organization benefit?
The volunteers help us in our goal of building a welcoming community and supporting newcomers integrate into Canadian society. If interested, please send your application to

Organization category: Social services

Volunteer Considerations

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

This position would be great for - Seniors (65+); Families; Groups

Vulnerable sector check required: Yes

Police record check required: Yes