Volunteering Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering at the WOCRC, please browse our opportunities and identify your areas and opportunities of interest when submitting your application.

Services for Seniors and Adults with Physical Disabilities

Adult Day Program (ADP) volunteers provide assistance, companionship and encouragement in a group setting for adults with varying degrees of dementia and Alzheimer’s, to help them achieve and maintain their maximum level of functioning, to prevent premature and inappropriate institutionalization, and to provide respite for caregivers. Components of the Adult Day Program include planned social, recreational and physical activities, as well as meals and companionship. Volunteers require patience, dependability, a sense of humour, and compassion.

Diners Clubs volunteers assist in hosting a hot catered lunch and social gathering for older adults who have difficulty getting out on their own. There is an additional opportunity to drive clients to and from the luncheon, but is not required (use of own personal vehicle). The expense reimbursement is of $0.50/km. Volunteers must submit proof of $2 million liability required. Locations include Kanata, Stittsville, West Carleton and Nepean. Volunteers require interpersonal and communication skills, a sense of humour, and patience.

Friendly Visiting volunteers provide weekly companionship and social interaction for seniors and adults with disabilities in the home. Commitment is typically one or two hours (schedule to be determined between client and volunteer). Volunteers also make daily check-in calls by phone. Each volunteer and client is appropriately matched by WOCRC prior to the commencement of visits.

Transportation volunteers provide transportation to seniors and adults with physical disabilities in their own personal vehicle to medical appointments and various social activities and programs. The expense reimbursement is of $0.50/km. Volunteers must submit proof of $2 million liability required and a current Driver’s Abstract, to be arranged at a volunteer interview. Volunteers require a willingness to offer emotional support. Commitment is typically once a week, for two or three hours, as required.

Meals on Wheels volunteers pick up and deliver packaged meals to seniors and adults with physical disabilities. This position requires daytime availability. The expense reimbursement is of $0.50/km. Volunteers must submit proof of $2 million insurance coverage and a current Driver’s Abstract, to be arranged at a volunteer interview. Volunteers require a willingness to offer emotional support and reliable communication skills. Commitment is typically from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. once a week.

Ontario Early Years Centre – Carleton

Ontario Early Years Centre – Carleton (OEYC) volunteers assist with the day-to-day activities of the drop-in program, including set-up and clean-up. Volunteers also assist in making participants feel welcome and comfortable. This position requires daytime availability during the week at various locations in far west Ottawa. Learn more about the OEYC here.

 

Child and Youth Programs

Homework Club volunteers support elementary school students with their homework by providing a safe and quiet environment for two to three hours per week in the afternoon or early evening. Volunteers require time management and multi-tasking skills. High school students welcome. The clubs are held in various locations throughout Kanata. Learn more about the Homework Club here.

Queerios volunteers assist with evening drop-ins, special events, program set-up and clean-up. Volunteers model positive behaviour and build positive relationships with youth. This opportunity requires evening availability, the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Learn more about the Queerios here.

The ZONE volunteers assist with evening drop-ins, homework help, special events, program set-up and clean-up. Volunteers model positive behaviour and build positive relationships with youth. This opportunity requires evening availability, Monday or Tuesday. Learn more about The ZONE here.

Violence Against Women Services

Peer Support volunteers provide support to women who have been in an abusive relationship. A variety of Peer Support volunteer roles are available in the community and within Chrysalis House, a shelter for women and their dependants experiencing abuse in the home. Learn more about the Peer Support Program here.


After an initial screening process, then specific training, Peer Supporters provide the following supports:

Office Administration and Support

Office Support volunteers assist with various administrative tasks such as covering reception, data entry and more. Volunteers are task-oriented and possess office experience and computer skills. This opportunity requires a minimum of four hours a week between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.