Volunteer involvement with our organization is essential to ensure the delivery of effective and supportive programs. The volunteer opportunities are designed to create an experience that is rewarding to the volunteer, to the organization and most importantly, to our members, the children and youth.
In order to be considered as a volunteer, you must be 18 years of age or older. Teenagers under the age of 18 may be considered for volunteer positions if they have been an active Club Member for at least the previous three months.
There are several ways that volunteers are involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa:
Volunteers are involved in our clubhouses providing program support and working directly with our members.
These volunteer opportunities require a minimum commitment of one shift per week (about 2 hours). The schedule varies depending of the program schedule of each clubhouse.
The requirements of these positions are mainly to participate and provide support in the activity with the youth and staff. Such opportunities include assisting with Homework Club, Sports, Art program, Computer Room access, Games Room Activities, Recreational Activities and other programs running at the clubhouse.
Volunteer opportunities exist for students who are currently involved in a college or university programs that require a placement as part of their curriculum. The placement opportunities available at the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa focus mainly on program support at the clubhouses, but are dictated by the requirements of the placement and the needs of our organization.
High school students requiring 40 hours of volunteer service have some options too (clubhouse volunteering, special events and sometimes administration support).
For more information on student volunteering, click here.
BGCO hosts a variety of special events throughout the year to raise funds for our programs as well as community awareness about our organization and the programs and services we provide. This volunteer opportunity is on an on-call basis and requires a commitment of anywhere from a few days a year to attending every event, depending on the interests of the volunteer.