Volunteer Ottawa has recruited 1,600 volunteers so far to respond to COVID-19 needs

Residents in Ottawa, Prescott-Russell, Lanark and Renfrew Counties have responded to the call for volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic in overwhelming numbers. Over 1,600 volunteers have been recruited by Volunteer Ottawa (VO) to respond to community needs.

VO is the region’s centralized recruitment and deployment hub for COVID-19 volunteer needs.

Volunteers are available for telephone outreach, mentoring and communications support, food and medication delivery, passenger transportation and a wide range of other possible volunteering activities. Health and safety protocols have been put in place to safeguard the health of those volunteering and those they would be assisting. Volunteers also offer a broad selection of skills, experience and knowledge to support community agencies during this challenging time, and help these organizations continue to serve our vulnerable populations.

“We are grateful to the many people who have come forward to help those in need at this time”, said Marie Eveline, Executive Director, Volunteer Ottawa, “They are a valuable pool of support for our city”.

VO is calling on community not-for-profits, agencies and groups to inform them about their needs by going to VO’s COVID-19 website portal. Volunteers are ready and able to assist. Individuals in need of support during this time can also contact VO for assistance.

VO gratefully acknowledges the funding support for this initiative from the City of Ottawa, United Way East Ontario and the Ottawa Community Foundation.

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