Our volunteers are important to us and the work we do.

ONFE volunteers enjoy opportunities to share their valuable knowledge and skills, gain hands-on experience in mentoring, strengthen bonds with their local communities, and inspire Ottawa’s children and youth with their brilliance.

We strive to accommodate the unique needs of our volunteers, and we tailor volunteering opportunities to our volunteers’ specific interests and preferences.

Be a spark in the lives of children and youth in Ottawa – join our ONFE volunteer community!

Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteers in Education

Help students succeed in schools

Our Volunteers in Education Program brings caring adults into classrooms to help students acquire skills, understand new concepts, close learning gaps, and gain self-confidence. Volunteers help students and teachers with general classroom support, by tutoring in all subjects at all grade levels both in-person and online, with English as a Second Language, with sports and clubs, and much more. Get in touch with us – we look forward to working with you!

IT teacher and her students using laptop during computer class in high school.

JA Ottawa

Help youth prepare for the future

JA Ottawa brings volunteers from the community and business sectors into grade 5 to 12 classrooms to teach financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurial skills. These volunteers guide students through real-world tasks like creating a budget, managing finances, exploring interests and career pathways, and working with a team to start a small business. Many volunteers tell us that the time they spent in school interacting with kids was the best part of their week.

Happy smiling youth using laptop at the desk in office

School Breakfast Program

Ensure kids are nourished for the day

Our School Breakfast Program provides 14,500 students in over 190 schools with a healthy breakfast each and every school day. School Breakfast volunteers assist with a variety of essential tasks, like food preparation, breakfast service, and more. In time, they become trusted, important adults in the lives of many students – and in return, benefit from witnessing the positive impact their volunteerism has on student health, well-being, and learning.

Portrait Of Girl With Friends Eating Healthy Picnic At Outdoor Table In Countryside

There is a student out there eager to learn from you.

If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to us using the form below. One of our volunteer coordinators will get back to you within 1-2 business days.

Volunteer Interest Form

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