Volunteers

The Catholic Centre for Immigrants (CCI) depends on the contributions of generous, skilled and committed volunteers. We offer a wide range of opportunities designed to be meaningful for the volunteer and to enhance our services for newcomers.
Please review the information that follows, and complete the Volunteer Application Form at the bottom of this page, if you would like to volunteer with us.

1. Community Connections Program

Volunteers in the Community Connection Program help newcomers feel at home in Canada and become active, productive and connected in their new community.

Main areas of volunteer involvement:
  • Help clients to practice English or French during Conversation Cafés
  • Take part in networking activities for mutual support and learning
  • Help newcomers adapt to living and working in Canada by sharing information about challenges and opportunities
Skills required:
  • Excellent knowledge of community resources
  • Fluency in English or French
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a willingness to share your experience
Time commitment:
  • Variable. Talk to our staff. We are quite flexible.

Currently, there are NO volunteer opportunities with the Community Connections Program.

2. Administration and Reception

Volunteers in this position increase our capacity to deliver services. They enhance all agency programs by performing administrative and client reception duties.

Main areas of volunteer involvement:
  • Answer telephone calls and deal with client enquiries
  • Produce flyers, brochures and other documents
  • Help with data entry
  • Assist with set-up for events
Skills required:
  • Fluent in English and/or French
  • Good computer skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to convey information and multitask
Time commitment:
  • A minimum of 1 day/week for 12 weeks

To apply, please check off the Administration and Reception box (2) and fill out the Volunteer Application Form below.

3. Client Support and Settlement Services

These volunteers help newcomers to understand their rights and responsibilities and provide them with tools to access and use services in the community.

Main areas of volunteer involvement:
  • Accompany and/or provide informal interpretation for clients
  • Assist clients to fill out forms and prepare documents
  • Assist staff during information sessions, workshops and events
Skills required:
  • Fluent in English or French
  • A good understanding about essential services in the community
  • Familiar with immigrant and refugee issues and barriers
  • Proficiency in other languages
Time commitment:
  • A minimum of 1 day/week for 12 weeks

To apply, please check off the Client Support and Settlement Services box (3) and fill out the Volunteer Application Form below.

4. Youth Program

The Youth Program provides activities, events and other support to newcomer youth to help their transition to their new life in Canada. We recruit, train and benefit hugely from a large number of youth volunteers, who assist with and often lead our activities and workshops. Volunteers learn about other cultures and make new friends. Volunteer activities can count toward community service hours.

Main areas of volunteer involvement:
  • Participating in activities such as homework club, drop-in sports, information sessions and other events
  • Being a ‘friendly face’ and helping make clients feel welcome and engaged
  • Being a mentor where additional or specific support is needed
  • Being a tutor for youth in grades 7 through 12 in English, French, Math, and /or Science
Skills Required:
  • Fluency in French or English
  • A good understanding of life in Canada, familiarity with Canadian culture and the City of Ottawa
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • An understanding of the challenges and barriers facing new immigrants to Canada
Time Commitment:
  • Variable. Talk to our staff. We are quite flexible

To apply, please check off the Youth Program box (4) and fill out the Volunteer Application Form below.

Volunteer Application Form

Required fields are marked with a red *
  • Acknowledgement and understanding

    Must check BOTH of the following statements marked with a red *

Immigrants represent almost one quarter of the population of the City of Ottawa.

Welcoming Newcomers to Ottawa since 1954

CCI Ottawa celebrated our 60th anniversary in 2014. Your contribution as a Donor, Member, or Volunteer tells us that you value the work we do together to integrate newcomers from every part of the world.

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