Volunteer Ottawa is a local non-profit that connects volunteers with community organizations who need their time and talent.
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Are you a newcomer or supporting newcomers with your work? Download our new multilingual infographic on volunteering in Canada, created in collaboration with Refugee 613! This easy-to-read guide explains how anyone new to Canada find a volunteer position in their community.
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Bharat Rudra: 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Bharat Rudra has been chosen as the 2024 recipient of Volunteer Ottawa’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of over 35 years of deeply impactful and wide-ranging community service.
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Volunteering helps you connect to your community, develop your professional skills, and contribute to the causes you care about most. Your free account allows you to apply to volunteer with hundreds of local Ottawa organizations!
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Recent Volunteer Opportunities

Baking Volunteer-Weekly Monday afternoons
: @ The Glebe Centre
Organization types: Disabilities, Senior Citizens
Volunteer Types: Disability Support, Health Care
Commitment: Ongoing (more than a year)
Location: Ottawa - Central
Deadline: August 9, 2024
Event Volunteer - Walk of Ages
: @ The Council on Aging of Ottawa
Organization types: Education, Health and Diseases
Volunteer Types: Administration/Office, Entertainment
Commitment: One day or less
Location: Ottawa - East
Deadline: September 15, 2024
Martial Arts Program Volunteers – various locations across Ottawa
: @ Christie Lake Kids
Organization types: Children, Youth and Family, Community and Social Services
Volunteer Types: Mentoring, Others
Commitment: Long term (6 months to a year)
Location: Flexible
Deadline: July 31, 2024

Looking to volunteer?

By joining our volunteer pool, individuals can share with organizations who they are, what skills they have, and how they are looking to give back. Our platform makes it easy for individuals to refine their search to find the perfect volunteer opportunity that meets their requirements, including preferred location, availability, skills, and much more. 

Looking for volunteers? Start recruiting here!

There are more than 9,000 engaged volunteers in our pool that are looking to further a cause and it continues to grow with an average of 500 new volunteers signing up a month. Each volunteer offers a different range of knowledge, skills, and experience to support the community. 

In 2022, we received over 5,000 volunteer applications to fill vacant volunteer positions.

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What Our Happy Volunteer Says

VO made it so easy to find a volunteer position fit for my interests. So easy, that I reached out to multiple organizations. The volunteer positions not only were a perfect match for my current studies, but it also was a perfect match in terms of roles. To anyone thinking of volunteering: one thousand percent do it; it is such a great feeling to have known that you have the chance, the honour of helping someone and spreading happiness.

Isabelle, Student


A membership with VO offers a range of benefits including unlimited posting of volunteer needs, access to over 7,000 volunteers, discounts on workshops and much more.


At any given time, our page has hundreds of volunteer positions posted. With a volunteer profile you can easily apply to positions that interest you.

If you have questions about our programs and services, please do not hesitate to reach out.