Volunteer

Get involved at The Ottawa Mission

Volunteering connects you to a purpose-driven community, lets you use your talents to give back to people who are hungry and hurting, and furthers our transformative programs and services. Please find out how you can give your skills and time to help vulnerable members of our community. We’d love to have your help!

🎄🎄🎄Christmas volunteering: If you would like to join our team of volunteers please click the ‘Apply to Volunteer’ button below. 

*All volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and be able to provide proof of vaccination. Volunteers must be a minimum of 14 years of age, and a parent or guardian must accompany all those aged 14 and 15. All volunteers 18 and over must provide an updated criminal record check.

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Where you can support

Kitchen

Kitchen

Help our Food Services team prepare and serve nutritious home-cooked meals to our guests! When you sign up as a kitchen volunteer, you’ll see how good food can go a long way for people experiencing poverty and homelessness in Ottawa.

Community Meal

Community Meal

Help everybody access nutritious meals by volunteering at our community meal service, which offers prepared hot and frozen meals to community guests daily. Volunteers in this role will also sort donations and prepare packages of groceries and toiletries to be handed out. There are also some shipping and receiving duties for incoming donations.

Chef Ric’s

Chef Ric’s

Support our social enterprise by preparing and packaging meals for Mobile Mission Meals, our community food truck program. Volunteers at Chef Ric’s can also serve on the food truck and bring meals to communities around Ottawa. Additionally, volunteers at this location support our Food Services Training Program students in preparing food and helping out with our catering and storefront components.

Housekeeping

Housekeeping

Volunteer in The Mission’s laundry room to help our guests experience the comforts of home. To meet the ongoing demand for clean sheets and towels, you’ll assist our housekeeping staff by sorting, folding, and organizing washed linens.

Clothing Donation Room

Clothing Donation Room

Sort, organize, and stock clothing donations to ensure that guests can access a full array of well-organized clothing for job interviews, work, and everyday life.

*This opportunity is currently on hold due to COVID-19.

Education Support

Education Support

Provide educational support in our Stepping Stones Learning Centre to guests earning credits towards their high school education or other educational goals. Volunteers can also provide support by facilitating discussion groups for non-credit university courses offered to Ottawa’s vulnerable population through our Discovery University Program.

* This opportunity is currently on hold due to COVID-19.

Recreational Events

Recreational Events

Facilitate recreational events, such as bingo and movie nights, to ensure that guests are given a warm and friendly atmosphere that feels like a home away from home.

*This opportunity is currently on hold due to COVID-19.

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GROUP VOLUNTEERING*

Volunteer With Your Group

Volunteering as a group can be a rewarding shared experience of making a difference in your community. Groups can provide general volunteer support, such as kitchen, housekeeping, or maintenance support. Groups can also sponsor activities, such as making sandwiches or creating hope packages for our Addiction and Trauma Services department.

*Some limits regarding group size are in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When arranging your group volunteering session, please indicate the number of group members coming. All volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and be able to provide proof of vaccination.

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CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING*

Volunteer With Your Whole Team

Corporate volunteering can be a team-building event that fosters meaningful connections to the community! Register as a group and discover first-hand the joy of serving people struggling in Ottawa.

*Some limits regarding group size are in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When arranging your group volunteering session, please indicate the number of group members coming. All volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and be able to provide proof of vaccination.

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What To Expect As A Volunteer

Becoming a volunteer is easy. Here’s what you need to know to join our passionate community of volunteers.

Step 1

Step 1

Fill out your volunteering application and tell us about yourself.

Step 2

Step 2

Arrange an onsite interview and orientation during which we will discuss which areas you are interested in supporting and when you would like to volunteer.

Step 3

Step 3

We’ll provide you with training and everything you need to know, so you can get started!

Join our volunteer family and help vulnerable members of our community today!

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The clients are consistently polite, thoughtful and thankful. Volunteering at The Mission is an enriching experience on so many levels. I only wish I could do more.

- GAVIN LUMSDEN

I really like the community meal line because I can interact with the people I’m serving and ask them how they’re doing.”

- FATOUMATA FANE

The welcoming atmosphere, the thankful and kind clients, and the incredible staff is what keeps us coming back.

- ANITA MAHAVA