Volunteer With OCH

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Dear corporate and community partners, 

As the weather has been getting better and many restrictions have been lifted, we are now working on our plans to continue our important community work – while keeping the safety of our volunteers, tenants and staff a top priority – and still having fun!

We consulted with our team, modified our cleaning and safety practices, and developed a framework to make all of those things possible. This means that we are incredibly excited to say that we will now be accepting volunteer groups for small outdoor events!

A few of the changes you can expect:

  • Volunteers will individually register and will be asked about their recent travel history and symptoms. We will also ask volunteers the day before the event, and anyone who has recently travelled, has symptoms, or has been in contact with someone who fits those criteria, will be unable to attend. Our staff will be screened as well, to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • Physical distancing measures will be in place. Masks will be required if being within two metres of others is required, and we will be limiting our capacity to eight volunteers and two staff per event to align with Ontario government recommendations to restrict group sizes to 10 people.
  • While we will have gloves, masks and hand sanitizer onsite, we will ask that volunteers bring their own water bottles, sunscreen, etc., to reduce the number of common touchpoints.
  • All tools and equipment will be cleaned before and after volunteer use.

We are looking forward to working with you to bring key projects back to our communities and to support your group in having a fun, safe and enjoyable time! All of these safety measures will ensure the wellbeing of our volunteers, tenants and staff.

Available projects are listed below. Please contact us to let us know if you are interested in booking a spot to bring out your group. We also acknowledge that your organization may have requirements and would like to hear more about them so that we can do our best to accommodate you.

We very much look forward to seeing our groups in person and working together in this “new normal.”

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!

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