Volunteering for General Support

We provide lots of opportunities for people hoping to volunteer in Ottawa, and one of the most valuable contributions you can make at The Mission is volunteering for general support. Our general support volunteers help our small staff complete essential tasks necessary to run such a large shelter in the city.

We have 235 shelter beds whose sheets need to be cleaned and folded, 1,300 meals served daily that require food prep, and thousands of clothing donations that need to be sorted and organized. Without our volunteers, helping so many people who are homeless in Ottawa would be near impossible. Performing these daily tasks provides the essential support needed to house the most vulnerable members of our community.

General Support Schedule

Our on-site hours for volunteers are as follows:

  • Monday to Saturday – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. OR 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Sundays – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Volunteer Groups

  • When volunteering as a group, we recommend groups of two to 10 volunteers for general support tasks
  • Larger groups may be split into smaller groups of two or three people for specific tasks

Don’t hesitate… start volunteering in Ottawa today!


If you have any further questions, comments, or concerns, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator:

Jake Harding | Volunteer Coordinator
Email: volunteer@ottawamission.com | Phone: 613-234-1144 ext. 338