COVID-19 Update

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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Diversity & Youth

Volunteer Ottawa strives to increase the knowledge and awareness of volunteerism among Ottawa’s diverse populations and increase the number of these volunteers applying for volunteer opportunities. We also seek to encourage and support not-for-profit organizations in recruiting volunteers from diverse populations including New Canadians and culturally and linguistically diverse populations, people with disabilities, youth, retirees and seniors.

Senior Engagement

Seniors & Retirees

VO has a number of workshops for organizations interested in strategies and tips on how to better engage senior and retired volunteers, and for seniors who want to get involved with volunteering.

If you are an organization that works with seniors and are looking for a group opportunity for your clients, please contact us. 


We work closely with our member organizations to create meaningful opportunities for youth. We offer workshops with experts on how to engage and manage young volunteers. And, we offer presentations to youth on how to become engaged in their community through volunteering.

People with disabilities

Our goal is to support not-for-profits by tapping into the skills of volunteers with disabilities. We provide guidance to organizations on how to engage these volunteers and how to make the volunteer opportunities more accessible. We support volunteers with disabilities by finding volunteer placements that are enjoyable, meaningful and accessible.

Senior Engagement

New Canadians and culturally and linguistically diverse populations

VO works with community organizations in their efforts to recruit and retain New Canadians and culturally and linguistically diverse populations. We offer workshops, round tables and other resources. We also work with New Canadians and culturally and linguistically diverse populations to find volunteer opportunities and use these opportunities to gain experience as a gateway to employment.

Interested in any of the above opportunities? Contact