Test Volunteer Application

Test Volunteer Application2017-10-30T10:37:06-04:00
We offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities which are designed to be personally rewarding while supporting our communities.
Please read the descriptions of our various volunteering opportunities below, check all that you are interested in, fill in the application form and upload your resume.
  • Counsellor Program

  • Time for Change (T4C) Mentor – Community Connections
    Volunteers provide mentorship to adult individuals and their families who are involved with or are at risk of involvement with the criminal justice system. Mentors assist clients with developing critical life skills and prosocial habits for successful reintegration into the community.
    Time Commitment: Minimum 3 months- meeting 1-2 hours every two weeks.
    For more info contact Laavanyan Selvendren at [email protected] 
  • Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC)

  • STUDENTS 1:1
    Volunteers provide support to students, usually to review class materials, help with an assignment or practice reading.
    Time Commitment: Between September and June - 3 hour shift in the morning or afternoon or evening, one day per week.
    For more info contact Laurie Fraser at [email protected] 
  • SMALL GROUPS
    Volunteers take a small group out of a class usually to perform a task or practice something in particular.
    Time Commitment: Between September and June - 3 hour shift in the morning or afternoon or evening, one day per week.
    For more info contact Laurie Fraser at [email protected] 
  • COMPUTER LAB
    Volunteers support students to obtain computer skills.
    Time Commitment: Between September and June - 3 hour shift in the morning or afternoon or evening, one day per week.
    For more info contact Laurie Fraser at [email protected] 
  • CLASS
    Volunteers assist teachers with conversation and reading groups and directly in class.
    Time Commitment: Between September and June - 3 hour shift in the morning or afternoon or evening, one day per week.
    For more info contact Laurie Fraser at [email protected] 
  • CHILDCARE
    Volunteers assist our staff to conduct games, circle time and provide homework support.
    Time Commitment: Between September and June - 3 hour shift in the morning or afternoon or evening, one day per week.
    For more info contact Laurie Fraser at [email protected] 
  • CHILDCARE 1:1
    Volunteers assist our staff to take care of a child who is disabled.
    Time Commitment: Between September and June - 3 hour shift in the morning or afternoon or evening, one day per week.
    For more info contact Laurie Fraser at [email protected] 
  • Community Economic Development (CED) Program

  • RECEPTION / PROGRAM ASSISTANT
    Volunteers provide coverage at reception and perform a variety of administrative and program support duties.
    Time Commitment: 3 months – 2 days per week between 9:00am-4:00pm on weekdays.
    For more info contact Jasmine Qi at [email protected]
  • p.small { line-height: 0.7; } CAREER MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
    Mentors share their knowledge and work experience and assist mentees in navigating through the job search process and transition to a career in Canada.
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    Time Commitment: Minimum 3 months – 1 hour per week
    For more info contact Jasmine Qi at [email protected]

  • REFUGEE AND IMMIGRANT SUPPORTS TO EMPLOYMENT (RAISE) 
    Volunteer Workplace Language Trainers support clients in developing their language skills related to the workplace.
    Time Commitment: Minimum 3 months – 3 hours per week
    For more info contact Joyce Akl at [email protected]
  • Settlement and Integration Program (SIP)

  • RECEPTION
    Bi-lingual volunteers provide coverage at reception.
    Time Commitment: 3 months – 4 hours per week between 9:00am-5:00pm on weekdays.
    For more info contact Julia Green at [email protected]
  • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANCE
    Volunteers help SIP as needed.
    Time Commitment: 3 months – 4 hours per week between 9:00am-5:00pm on weekdays.
    For more info contact Julia Green at [email protected]
  • INCOME TAX CLINIC
    Volunteers support clients to complete their individual income tax return.
    Time Commitment: Between beginning of March and first week of May – from 5:30pm to 9:00pm (3.5 hours) every Tuesday.
    For more info contact Julia Green at [email protected]
  • FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY (FoF) PROGRAM
    Volunteer Groups of Friends support recently arrived newcomer families to practice English, learn about the community and life in Ottawa and join them in fun, family-oriented social and recreational events and activities.
    Time Commitment:3 months – 3 hours per week.
    For more info contact Bonnie Thornington at [email protected]
  • DIVERSE SENIORS SUPPORT SERVICES (DSSS) PROGRAM
    Volunteers assist Diverse Seniors Support Services Program in preparation and facilitation of a variety of activities to help seniors socialize.
    Time Commitment: Minimum 3 months – 2 hrs per week.
    For more info contac Safia Nawaz at [email protected]
  • PEER SUPPORT PROJECTS
    Volunteers support refugee youth and women to reduce social isolation and ensure they make the required connections to needed resources.
    Time Commitment: Minimum 3 months – 3 hours per week or bi-weekly.
    For more info contact: Deeqa Kosar [email protected]
  • Youth Program (YOCISO)

  • LUNCH TIME YOCISO PROGRAMS (11:00am – 1:00pm) 
    Volunteers provide facilitation support to run either Girls-only, Boys-only or Mixed groups for newcomer youth ages 12-20 years of age in a different schools in Ottawa for a 3-month – 6-month period.
    For more info contact Christy Etienne at [email protected]
    For more info contact Sinda Garziz at [email protected]
  • AFTERSCHOOL YOCISO PROGRAMS (3:00pm – 8:00pm)
    Volunteers assist with Homework Club, Tutoring, Conversation Circles or Drop-In Basketball Program in different schools in Ottawa for a 9-month period
    For more info contact Christy Etienne at [email protected]
    For more info contact Sinda Garziz at [email protected]
  • NEWCOMER YOUTH CENTER (3:30pm - 7:30pm)
    Volunteers mainly tutor either Conversation 1-on-1, provide facilitation or Homework/Academic Support.
    For more info contact Christy Etienne at [email protected]
    For more info contact Sinda Garziz at [email protected]
  • Other Volunteer Opportunities

  • SPECIAL EVENTS
    Volunteers assist with special events at OCISO. Special events include our Annual General Meeting, Run for a New Start Appreciation Event and much more.
    Time Commitment: Minimum 4 hours of the event day.
    For more info contact Azima Ruzuddinova at [email protected]
  • INTERPRETATION
    Volunteers provide interpretation services to newcomers who are unable to communicate in English.
    Time Commitment: Varies – few times a year/each assignment is about from 50 min to 2 hours in length. We contact volunteers on a case-by-case basis.
    For more info contact Azima Ruzuddinova at [email protected]
  • RUN FOR A NEW START
    Volunteers join our team of runners and walkers to participate in the upcoming Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend (May 26-27, 2018), raising funds to support OCISO’s youth programs.
    Time Commitment: Varies - depends on your capacity and the race you choose (2km, 5km, 10km, 21km or 42km).
    For more info contact David Rain at [email protected]
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Our Mission!

OCISO supports immigrants through the journey of making Canada their home by providing creative and responsive programs that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, by building community through mutual respect and partnerships, and by fostering healthy and inclusive spaces for open dialogue and healing.

What we do 🙂

We are community based non-profit organization that has been providing services in Ottawa since 1978. We are motivated by the stories of new immigrants, and we are there every stage of the journey. OCISO directly serves over 10,000 immigrants and refugees every year. Our work is augmented by the generous efforts of our enthusiastic, caring and talented staff, volunteers, both established and new Canadians.