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Diversity in Volunteering

Community Engagement Program

VO’s Community Engagement Program (CEP) 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. It also seeks to encourage and support non-profit organizations in recruiting volunteers from diverse populations. The program focuses on New Canadians and culturally and linguistically diverse populations, people with disabilities, youth, retirees and seniors.

Seniors & RetireesSenior Engagement

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. For more information please contact our program coordinator below.

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

People with disabilities

Our goal is to support non-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.

New Canadians and culturally and linguistically diverse populationsDiversity Engagement

Through the CEP Program, 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.


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.

Interested in any of the above opportunities? Contact our Community Engagement Coordinator at