Volunteer Program – What’s New?
CCI Ottawa is resuming volunteer activities in order to help newcomers during this time.
During COVID, our first priority is the safety of everyone at CCI and in the greater Ottawa community. We will continue to follow the advice of public health officials and are not supporting in-person interactions between staff, volunteers and/or clients at this time.
But we know this is a time when newcomers are feeling isolated. They need your support. We are looking for volunteers to support newcomers in our programs via online. Connecting online is a way volunteers can help newcomers adjust to life in Ottawa and life under COVID.
We encourage current volunteers to contact their supervisor at CCI to discuss volunteer opportunities. We will make every effort to keep our valued team of volunteers up to date on any changes to the volunteer programs and services at CCI and will continue to post updates on this page.
Volunteering with CCI
Are you looking to make an impact and give back to your community? CCI provides access to meaningful programs, services and supports to thousands of newcomers every year. By joining the Volunteer Team at CCI you will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience while also helping to build a more welcoming community in Ottawa.
Volunteer Opportunities with CCI
CCI offers a wide variety of programs and services to newcomers. We need volunteers with many different skill sets. From interpreters and translators; tutors and employment coaches; or special events and projects volunteers, we hope we have a fit for you. Please read below the role descriptions carefully before completing our Online Volunteer Application. Our volunteer positions often open, close and/or change on a monthly basis, so check them out often.
*Note: Due to COVID, some role descriptions might be be adjusted to allow for roles to be performed remotely.
Currently we are seeking individuals for the following volunteer positions:
English Language Conversation Circle Volunteer
English Language Conversation Circle Volunteers help newcomers learn English through casual conversation. Volunteers will virtually engage in conversation with small groups of newcomers on a weekly basis.
French Language Conversation Circle Volunteer
French Language Conversation Circle Volunteers help newcomers practice their French. Volunteers will virtually engage in conversation with small groups of newcomers on a weekly basis.
Matching Program Volunteers provide virtual one-on-one support to help newcomers adjust, integrate and thrive in their new community. Volunteers will help recent refugees and immigrants learn about Canadian culture and traditions; connect with community resources, recreational opportunities and social networks; provide employment support; and, practise English language skills.
The Mentorship Program volunteers provide guidance and support to newcomers specifically in the areas of career development and post-secondary education. Volunteers will play a key role in helping newcomers successfully integrate; grow their networks; navigate and increase their understanding of the Canadian context; and, overcome unique challenges they may face in achieving their goals in their new community.
Language Support Services Volunteer
Language Support Services Volunteers provide language-based services on an as-needed basis to CCI Staff and clients under the guidance of a Supervisor. This can include assistance with both text-based and oral support using a wide-range of languages.
She Unit Program Volunteer
She Unit Volunteers help CCI Staff host a program that focuses on lifeskills for young women. Volunteers will discuss a number of topics, from hygiene to health care, and explore some of the valuable services that are available across the city to young women.
Social Connections Volunteer
Social Connections Volunteers interact with newcomers virtually on a regular basis, keeping them engaged and connected with CCI and the local community especially during periods of isolation. Volunteers share information, experiences and support through conversations, and provide an ongoing social connection for newcomers.
Network Connections Volunteer
Network Connections Volunteers share their knowledge and experience with newcomers to help them learn more about their new community. Volunteers will connect newcomers to employment, education and social networks and opportunities; and, also share their understanding of local and Canadian customs, culture and trends to support integration and help newcomers achieve their goals.
Administrative Support Volunteer
Administrative Support Volunteers provide CCI Staff with clerical assistance, which may include filing, answering/making phone calls, data entry and various other administrative tasks. They may also support our reception desks as a first point of contact for visitors in various departments.
OKYC Volunteers work directly with Karen youth originally from Myanmar country who now reside in Ottawa. Volunteers support a variety of programs and activities for Karen youth, such as homework support and skills-building workshops, while also emphasizing the importance of developing social identity and maintaining Karen culture.