Opportunities to Serve

The current status of requests for assistance shown below should be confirmed through the organization’s website or contact person.

Needs changes and evolve quickly during this time, and Respond Ottawa is not always made aware of such revisions.


CategoryBrief descriptionDetailsRelated linksContact nameContact emailContact phone
Youth Services Bureau of OttawaTechnical assistanceDonate Tech Devices to Youth at RiskPlease donate used or new laptops, tablets, and smartphones to support at risk Youth. The Ottawa Youth Services Bureau is one of the 28 groups looking to get devices out to their clients. United Way has partnered with the company Ruckify to provide pickup of donated devices and deliver them to these agencies. Ruckify Relief
Matthew House OttawaFood provisionAssist with providing food for refugees that have recently arrived in Ottawa.The Covid-19 crisis has reduced our normal sources for providing food for recently arrived refugees. Grocery cards and food donations will help us meet the needs of people who are just starting their new life. Please check with Matthew House to confirm what the current needs are.Matthew HouseAllan Reesor-McDowell arm@matthewhouseottawa.org(613) 255-0168
Stepstone HouseFood provisionAssist with providing meals for refugees that have recently arrived in Ottawa.The Covid-19 crisis has reduced our normal sources for providing food for recently arrived refugees. Please check with Stepstone House to confirm what the current needs are.www.stepstonehouse.caRev. Joseph Kiirya joseph@loveottawa.ca(613) 218-3286
Caldwell Family CentrePPEMasks and gloves Non-medical grade masks and gloves are needed to protect our front-line volunteers and staff serving low income families in the Carlington neighbourhood.www.caldwellfamilycentre.caMarilyn Matheson director@CaldwellCentre.ca(613) 728-1800 ext. 330
Ottawa Innercity MinistriesPPEPPE for the homeless of OttawaOIM needs PPE (masks, gloves) to equip our workers who will be caring for the homeless in Ottawa's downtown core.www.ottawainnercityministries.caKen MacLaren, Executive Director ken.oim@gmail.com6138164509
Meals on WheelsFood provisionDeliver meals to clientsMeals on Wheels is in need of delivery drivers to supplement their volunteer team at this time. Volunteers should be healthy, have a car, younger than 65 years of age, and able to follow our strict health and safety protocols. All volunteers will need a current valid level 3 vulnerable sector police record check.https://www.mealsonwheels-ottawa.org/volunteers/current-volunteer-opportunities service@mealsonwheels-ottawa.org613-233-2424
Care Centre OttawaFood provisionDonate money or foodDonations of perishable and non-perishable food items are also needed by The Care Centre, located in Nepean on Viewmount Drive. Please check with The Care Centre to confirm what the current needs are. Contact The Care Centre to arrange a drop off time for your donation.www.carecentreottawa.caLisa Fabian info@carecentreottawa.ca613-693-0890
Hunt Club Riverside Community Centre (HCRCC).PPESeniors have requested cloth face masks from the Met, but we are unable to provide them at this time. Seniors at HCRCC have requested cloth face masks. Kaily McLeankmclean@metbiblechurch.ca 819-238-7724
Cornerstone Housing for WomenServing homelessProgram materials, toiletries, and more needed.Conerstone provides emergency shelter and safe, supportive housing for women in Ottawa. With the Covid-19 crisis, and social distancing rules, programs have had to be adapted to accommodate the women in their rooms. To support the wellbeing and quality of life for these women, there is a great need for the following; Craft supplies like canvasses, paintbrushes, paint, beading, assorted craft supplies, journals, stationary, pens, markers, personal products like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, tooth past & brushes, gift cards for Giant Tiger and Walmart. Needs may rapidly change, so please contact Cornerstone staff to receive updated info. www.cornerstonewomen.caJulie resource.development@cornerstonewomen.ca613-254-6584 x254
OIMServing homelessFood items to distribute to the homeless.Looking for specific items such as canned soups and stews, pasta sauce, soft granola bars, bottles of water, fruit cups, applesauce plastic spoons, juice boxeswww.ottawainnercityministries.caKen MacLaren, Executive Director ottawainnercity@rogers.com613-237-6031
The Ottawa MissionPPEVarious types of PPEThe Ottawa Mission needs more PPE as they strive to serve the homeless in downtown Ottawa. Disposable gowns, surgical masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer are of particular need.www.ottawamission.comNada Murad nmurad@ottawamission.com
Your local food bankFood provisionHelp your food bank with their areas of needCheck in with your local food bank to see what their current needs are. We have collected a list of organizations in the Ottawa area that are providing food bank services. Look for a food bank in your area and find out how you can help them.Check our list of food banks
Your local community houseCommunity housesHelp a community house with their areas of needCheck in with a local community hosue to see what their current needs are. We have collected a list of community houses in the Ottawa area. Look for one near you and find out how you can help them.Check our list of community houses
FAMSACFood provisionDonate money or foodIf people want to make a donation, giving money online is preferred (famsac.ca/donate), but items can also be left in grocery store bins. Please check with FAMSAC to confirm what the current needs are and to arrange any physical donations.FAMSAC
Ottawa Food BankFood provisionDonate money or food, or volunteerOttawa Food Bank is supporting the emergency food centres and are coordinating with other task force members to sort and deliver food where needed. Demand has increased by 30 per cent across community food banks. They are working with the Salvation Army to support distribution of food hampers offered by local restaurateurs. The City is providing facility space for safe storage of food hampers. Ottawa Food Bank
Good CompanionsServing seniorsTransportation for seniorsWorking with other non-profit organizations, the Good Companions and Champlain Community Support Network are coordinating urgent transportation to medical appointments, assessment centres, and food centres/grocery stores for those with financial constraints, transportation difficulties, and/or health and mobility issues.Good Companions613-236-0428
Masks for the CommunityPPESew masksProviding opportunity to make fabric masks & caps to be used only as a last resort.Masks, caps, and headbands projectStephanie Seaver seaver.306@gmail.com
Knox Presbyterian ChurchServing homelessServing take out meals on Wednesdays and SaturdaysKnox Presbyterian at 120 Lisgar serves take out meals to members of the community in need on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 5 - 6 pm. All Ottawa Public Health risk prevention practices are followed to keep everyone safe. Contact us if you wish to volunteer with this effort.Knox Presbyterian Jim Potknox.volunteers.2020@gmail.com613-238-4774
Friends for DinnerInternational studentsAssisting a small group of international students from Algonquin College, U of Ottawa or Carleton UWe need churches to take on supporting a small group of international students (groups of 2 or 3) to assist them financially through providing grocery cards. We will help to match you with a group of students that fits with your church.Gabe McReynoldsottawa@friendsfordinner.ca