Volunteer With OCH

Dear corporate and community volunteer partners,

We hope you are staying healthy and safe during this time.

Our first priority is the health and well-being of tenants, staff and volunteers. That’s why we are continuing to follow the advice and guidelines on social distancing provided by Ottawa Public Health.

As such, we will be postponing all volunteer events until further notice. We are incredibly grateful to those who have reached out looking for opportunities to volunteer and support OCH; however, we have no opportunities for volunteering at this time.

As soon as it is safe to do so, we look forward to resuming our volunteer work with you.

We continue to monitor the situation and follow advice from the Government of Ontario and OPH. Like many other organizations, OCH has implemented measures to help protect the health and well-being of tenants and employees while maintaining critical services. You can read about these measures in our previous public statements here: www.och-lco.ca/covid19-response/.

In keeping with recommendations from the City of Ottawa, we are working with organizations like Volunteer Ottawa in order to support a coordinated city-wide response.

If you are able, a donation to the Ottawa Food Bank or United Way is the best way to support our communities at this time.

Lastly, we encourage you to keep OCH in mind once the emergency has passed, as we will still need your help and hope to have your continued support. We will also continue to provide updates through our social media channels (Twitter | Linkedin | Facebook | Instagram) as well as on our website – OCH COVID-19 Responses.

Thank you and take care,

Lexi and Angela

Why Volunteer?

Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) provides approximately 15,000 homes to 32,000 tenants, including seniors, parents, children, couples, singles and persons with special needs within many communities across the City of Ottawa housing a diverse population of varying languages, ethnicities and cultures. OCH is the largest social housing provider in Ottawa, and the second largest in Ontario.

The Volunteer Engagement Program at OCH allows you and your team to become involved in our communities in a unique and rewarding way. We welcome volunteer groups of all sizes to help with maintenance and beautification projects. The goal of these projects is to help engage the communities by bringing people together to make a difference.

While capital costs, such as roof repairs, elevator maintenance, and simply the upkeep of all our buildings, take priority, these volunteer projects are the little things that truly affect the lives of our tenants in a positive way, allowing them to feel pride of place in their community. The undeniable feeling of joy that comes from seeing the smiles on others’ faces simply from lending a helping hand is invaluable.

What You Need to Know:

  • All of our available projects are posted below.
  • Projects are booked on a first come, first serve basis.
  • If you are ready to book, or you have any questions, contact us at volunteer@och.ca, or by phone at 613-731-1182 ext 2218 to confirm a project date.
    • Please note: we need 4-6 weeks lead time for most projects.
  • OCH will provide all of the equipment, materials and supplies for each project that is posted.
    • While a donation to cover the cost is appreciated, it is not required for most of the projects that are listed.
  • New projects are added all the time. If you don’t see a fit for your team, check back as the website is updated frequently!

Volunteer for a community event

From time to time, OCH hosts community events and activities and we’re often looking for additional volunteer support in a variety of roles.

Contact a Tenant and Community Worker at your nearest OCH office.

Join the Board of Directors

The OCH Board of Directors is comprised of twelve members, including four City Councillors, six Community representatives, a tenant, and the Mayor as an Ex-Officio member. The Board is supported by three committees and one sub committee more directly involved in the areas of: Asset Management; Corporate Affairs, Finance and Audit, and Governance.

If you are interested in learning more about joining the OCH Board or one of its committees, please contact info@och.ca.


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