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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VO Members Enjoy the Following Benefits:

VO Organizational Member Benefits :

Volunteer Recruitment

  • Unlimited posting of all your volunteer needs at
  • Access to VO’s Pool of Volunteers – over 8,000 volunteers with a wide range of experience and skills, including comprehensive profiles of each
  • Broadcast of your volunteer needs to VO’s volunteer pool and through VO’s extensive social media network
  • Connect with Ottawa corporations and federal government departments seeking employee volunteer opportunities through VO Connect – groups of 10,20,30 or more looking for volunteer opportunities 
  • Meet one-on-one with potential volunteers at VO’s annual Volunteer Expo
  • Admission to Volunteer Ottawa’s Board member recruitment program Diversity in Leadership Ottawa (DLO) – a pool of pre-screened professionals from under-represented communities to address skill gaps and increase diversity on your Board 

Educational Programs & Resources

  • Free registration to one ½ day workshop of your choice, and significant discounts for all staff and board members on over 40 workshops designed specifically for not-for-profits to develop capacity
    • Governance training and Board development
      • Enhance your Board through access to a series of VO governance workshops that examine the roles and responsibilities of board members and the characteristics of effective boards
    • Organizational Capacity Building – workshops focussing on:
      • Communications
      • Strategic planning
      • Writing web content
      • Project management
      • Financial administration
      • Social media
      • Media Training
      • Fundraising
    • Volunteer Management
      • Staff admission to the Volunteer Management Certificate (VMC) program at reduced rates – a one of a kind educational program in Ontario focussing on eight core competency areas
      • Exclusive access to Canada’s national volunteer recognition program and training workshop (PREB)
      • Exclusive access to on-line learning opportunities in volunteer management
  • Your volunteers also receive the member rate at workshops
  • Customized workshops designed for and delivered to your organization
  • Access to VO's Blog VOices- which includes guidance and tips on not-for-profit management
  • Exclusive access to Members Only Knowledge Centre featuring a library of resources, best-practices and toolkits
  • Receive Volunteer Ottawa’s White Paper research series on key volunteer issues including “Best Practices in recruiting senior volunteers”, “Best Practices in recruiting volunteers with a disability” and "Best Practices in recruiting New Canadian volunteers"

More Benefits

  • Subscription to monthly newsletter
  • VO Speakers Bureau – access to a pool of speakers available to make presentations to groups on the merits of volunteering
  • Profile your organization on and post your events on the VO website calendar
  • Be recognized as part of a network of over 300 Ottawa not-for-profits committed to creating positive change in our community
  • Vote at Annual General Meeting

VO has a common renewal date of April 1st.  If you become a member throughout the year, you will be charged on a pro-rated basis for that year. 

Become a member

VO Individual Members Benefits:

Individual Members receive the following:

  • Discount on all workshops and training
  • Access to Members Only Knowledge Centre at
  • Subscription to monthly newsletter
  • Vote at Annual General Meeting

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