Distress Centre Volunteer
Volunteer Types: Companionship/Visiting, Counselling, Disability Support, Emergency Services, Fundraising, Health Care, Mental Health, Mentoring
Organization types: Addiction and Substance Abuse, Children, Youth and Family, Community and Social Services, Criminal Justice, Disabilities, Health and Diseases, LGBTQIA2+, Poverty/Social Justice, Public/Society Benefit, Senior Citizens, Women
Long term (6 months to a year)
Application Deadline: June 3, 2024
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The Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region provides a free and confidential telephone service offering suicide prevention, crisis intervention, psychological stabilization, emotional support, information and referrals to individuals of all ages. We help people in varying degrees of distress or crisis who are experiencing a wide range of problems including suicidal thoughts, abuse or violence, mental or physical illness, bereavement, addictions, sexuality and interpersonal problems, youth-related issues, unemployment and more. Our volunteer Crisis Line Responders are trained in active listening techniques, communication skills, crisis intervention and suicide prevention techniques. They help our clients assess their own situations, to establish goals and priorities, and they can link the callers to appropriate resources in the community if needed.

If interested, please visit www.dcottawa.on.ca to fill out an application! IMPORTANT: You must fill out an application on the Distress Centre Website. www.dcottawa.on.ca

How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
Volunteers with the Distress Centre will gain extensive training that not only prepares them for work on the lines but is also relevant to work experience in a similar field and general life. After a one year commitment, volunteers can receive a credible reference for their efforts. Also, many if not all of our volunteers feel that this work is rewarding and know that they make a difference to those who need our support in our community every single day!
How will the organization benefit?
We are able to maintain our commitment to offer our service 24/7 to those who need it in our community by ensuring that there is always someone to answer the call.
Volunteer location:
Confidential. Located within the Ottawa area. Accessible by OC Transpo/LRT or personal vehicle with free parking.


Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region
@Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region
Ext: 226
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This position would be great for: Adults, Families, Newcomers to Canada, Person with a disability or medical condition, Seniors (65+), Young Adults (19-24)
Number of Positions Available: 50
Good for people interested in: Companionship/Visiting, Counselling, Disability Support, Emergency Services, Fundraising, Health Care, Mental Health, Mentoring
You will be helping with: Children (0-10 years), Disadvantaged, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Indigenous persons, Homeless, LGBTQI2+, Men, Persons new to Canada, Persons with disabilities or medical conditions, Seniors, Visible minorities or racialized persons, Women, Youth (11-15 years), Youth (16-18 years), Youth (19-24 years)

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  • Vulnerable sector check required
  • Public transportation available
  • This position can accommodate persons with a disability
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