About Volunteer Ottawa

Founded in 1957, Volunteer Ottawa is one of approximately 150 volunteer centres across Canada. Volunteer Ottawa connects people to one another and to hundreds of local charities that rely on the time and talent of volunteers. We provide supports and services to promote and celebrate volunteerism, help volunteers find opportunities, strengthen non-profit capacity through training and networking, inspire diversity and inclusion, and encourage local employers to invest in the community. 

Who we are

Our Mission

Volunteer Ottawa strengthens our community by supporting volunteers and the not-for-profit sector. 

Our Vision

Volunteer Ottawa’s vision is an inclusive and engaged community benefiting from committed volunteers and a strong not-for-profit sector.  

Our Strategic Plan

In July 2022, Volunteer Ottawa launched its new Strategic Plan 2022-2024. Reimagining our Future reflects VO’s commitment to support its members, volunteers and the Ottawa community through a time of recovery and renewal, and to finding new ways of working together in a reimagined future.

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Our Network


What We Do

For 65 years Volunteer Ottawa has been a leader in helping people make a meaningful difference in our city. We provide critical volunteer recruitment and capacity development services to hundreds of notfor-profits – services that are essential to their ability to meet community needs. 

Our Values

Five core values guide Volunteer Ottawa in its behaviour and actions:


We treat everyone with dignity and fairness.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

We commit to these principles in all staff, volunteer, and board roles.


We value our funders and members and commit to using their contributions responsibly and ethically.


We strive to improve our work continually to support the very best outcomes for volunteers and not-for-profit organizations.


We lead by example in promoting a culture of collaboration and partnership in our community.

Our Funders and Supporters