I really like the community meal line because I can interact with the people I’m serving and ask them how they’re doing.
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!
*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.
Where you can support
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.
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.
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
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.
*Limited opportunities currently available
Provide educational support in our MCA Ottawa 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.
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.
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.
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.
Fill out your volunteering application and tell us about yourself.
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.
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!