Why Should I Volunteer?

People say volunteers make the world go around. And they are not wrong. Nearly half of all Canadians volunteer either on occasion or on a regular basis. Volunteers are often the go-betweens for not-for-profits and the communities they serve. Many services like mental health phone lines or food banks would...

40 Hours of Community Involvement FAQ

In Ontario, high school students must complete 40 hours of volunteering in order to graduate, but volunteering is also an amazing way to make a difference, learn new skills, gain experience, and meet new people! What counts as volunteering for my community service hours? Any work where you are paid...

Volunteering Safely

Not-for-profits should be taking the necessary steps to protect your safety. Young adults under the age of 25 are at a higher risk of injury while on the job than any other age group, and this includes as volunteers. The Ontario Ministry of Labour has age restrictions on the kinds...

Volunteering DO’s and DON’Ts

Volunteering is an awesome way to try out new things, meet new people and grow as a person! Here are some tips that will help to make your volunteer experience as successful as possible. Do's Show up on time – Whether it is in-person or virtual, showing up when you say...

How to Get a Volunteer Position

This is a step-by-step guide to help you apply for a volunteer position. Note that not all volunteer opportunities have the same application and screening process. How do I start volunteering? You can use Volunteer Ottawa’s ‘Search Volunteer Opportunities’ function to find positions suitable to your interests and needs. For...

Why Should I Volunteer?

People say volunteers make the world go around. And they are not wrong. Nearly half of all Canadians volunteer either on occasion or on a regular basis. Volunteers are often the go-betweens for not-for-profits and the communities they serve. Many services like mental health phonelines or food banks would not be able to function...