Volunteering Opportunities

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

*Compliance with the WOCRC COVID-19 vaccination policy is mandatory*

EarlyON Child and Family Centre (ages 0-6)*

  • Drop-in*
    Assist with daily activities of the drop-in program. May include set up or clean up, welcoming participants, and interacting with children and their caregivers. Requires daytime, evening or Saturday availability.
  • Administration*
    Assist with special events and fundraising initiatives.
    Assist with mailings, data entry or other office duties. Requires daytime availability.

EarlyON Child and Family Centre – Kanata / West Carleton

The WOCRC’s EarlyON Child and Family Centre provides a variety of free programs and services for parents and caregivers of children from birth to 6 years.

EarlyON CFC services are facilitated by experienced Family Resource Workers who can answer questions and provide information and access to referral services. Programs include:

– Drop-in playgroups where parents, caregivers and their children can play and learn together in a stimulating and safe environment
– Workshops on a variety of parenting and child development topics
– A Resource Library with puzzles, games, books, DVDs and resource kits available for lending
– Opportunities for parents and caregivers to connect with other people in our community

From children’s groups and workshops to counselling, and presentations, we offer exciting opportunities for children and their parents to connect with their peers, access support, learn new skills, build self-esteem, make friends, have fun and contribute positively to life in their community.

Children & Youth

The WOCRC has a dynamic and vibrant range of services to benefit youth ages 12-18 and their families.

From youth groups and workshops to counselling, clinics, and presentations, we offer exciting opportunities for youth to connect with their friends, access support, learn new skills, build confidence, make lasting friendships and contribute positively to life in our community through volunteerism.

  • Youth Drop-In (The ZONE)
    The ZONE is a unique space just for youth aged 12-18 to meet new people and try new activities. Youth and their families can get connected to community resources and services.
  • Youth Drop-In (Queerios LGBTQ+*)
    • Social group for LGBTQ+* youth, 12-18 years old
    • Safe(r) space
    • Hangout and meet new people
    • Access resources and gain support from staff
    • Youth and their families can get connected to community resources and services
    • Inclusion, belonging, respect

Community Support

Our Community Support Services are available to seniors aged 55+ and adults with a physical disability living in the communities of Kanata, Stittsville, Nepean and West Carleton.

Community Support Services are for individuals who need support to function independently at home because of a disability, illness or limitation due to aging. Also known as home and community care, these services help individuals live at home and keep connected with their community. Community Support Services are based on guiding beliefs that value empowerment, equity, partnership and innovation. This is translated into meaningful, caring and personalized service, in order to enhance self-esteem and promote independence at home.

Eligibility criteria may apply. These services are provided by volunteers and paid workers who have been screened (including a police record check for the vulnerable sector). All are trained by staff at the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre.

The WOCRC tries to accommodate all requests for service; however, this depends on the availability of volunteers and paid workers.

For further information or to access these services, please call 613-591-3686 and choose option 3. Our CSS brochure contains information about the services we offer.

  • Adult Day Program
    Assist with supervised programming for adults with Alzheimer Disease or other dementia-related illness. Must be 15+. Requires daytime availability.
  • Diners’ Club
    Assist with a social gathering and catered lunch for those who have difficulty getting out on their own. Must be 15+. Requires daytime availability.
  • Meals On Wheels
    Hot or frozen meal delivery to seniors and adults with disabilities. Requires daytime availability.
  • Transportation
    Driving seniors and adults with disabilities to medical and non-medical appointments.

Violence Against Women

  • VAW – Peer Support
    Provide support to women who have experienced gender-based violence. A variety of volunteer roles available in the community and at Chrysalis House shelter. Assist with public education activities to raise awareness of violence against women and their children. Must be female and 18+. *Please note: This program is currently not accepting applications at this time as it is on hold.*

*Available in French and English

Immediate Volunteer Needs!

  • Meals on Wheels (drivers)
  • EarlyON team (rural Western Ottawa)
  • Transportation