Volunteer With Us

Exciting Volunteer Opportunity!

Join the Board of Directors of Elizabeth Fry Ottawa. Click here for more information. If you are interested, send your resume to boardofdirectors@efryottawa.com New members will be elected at our AGM in October

We have a full roster of dedicated volunteers right now. See below for descriptions of our volunteer positions. If you’re interested in adding your name to the wait list, please contact: Marie-Josée Marion: marie-josee.marion@efryottawa.com

Volunteer Opportunities at EFry

Below are some of the key duties and responsibilities of volunteers for the various programs. Please note that these are not comprehensive descriptions and are meant to give you a general overview of the programs and what would be expected of you to help you choose the right program for your interests.

JF Norwood House

J.F. Norwood House (JFN) offers transitional housing in the form of supportive living. It is designed to assist women with reintegration into the community and offer assistance in finding permanent housing. JF Norwood House is located in Centretown

  • Accompany the women to court, parole/probation office, medical and other appointments;
  • Participate in outings and social events with the women which can include– grocery shopping; trips to the library; walks; festivals, etc.;
  • Participate in activities which may include: nail painting; colouring; doing arts and crafts; playing board games; cooking and/or baking; yoga; etc.

Lotus House

Lotus House provides safe and supportive transitional housing for women 18 years and older who are currently on Bail under the Bail Verification and Supervision Program supported by the John Howard Society of Ottawa. Lotus House is located in the East End of Ottawa.

  • Accompany the women to court, parole/probation office, medical and other appointments;
  • Participate in outings and social events with the women which can include– grocery shopping; trips to the library; walks; festivals, etc.;
  • Participate in activities which may include: nail painting; colouring; doing arts and crafts; playing board games; cooking and/or baking; yoga; etc.
  • Assist with the organization and storage of donations
  • RELIABLE ACCESS TO A VEHICLE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED

Court Support Program

The Court Support Program provides support to all individuals seeking assistance at the courthouse which can include court accompaniments for women, visiting cell-block, offering emotional support and resources. The Court House is located 161 Elgin St, in room 1083.

  • Accompany individuals to court, duty counsel, parole/probation office and other services in the courthouse;
  • Attend court proceedings to support women;
  • Provide individuals newly released from custody with – bus tickets; shoe laces; directions; clothing; information on retrieving their personal effects from the jail and/or the police property department; provide housing assistance and referrals to EFry and/or other community-based agencies.
  • Provide all individuals walking in the office– use of the phone; clothing; snacks; coffee; resources; housing assistance; directions; toiletries; contact information for their lawyer and emotional support when needed.

 

Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC)

The OCDC Support Program (located in the female unit of the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre at 2244 Innes Rd.) provides support for women who are incarcerated.

  • Participate in activities which may include: nail painting; reading magazines; colouring; doing arts and crafts; playing board games; writing letters to loved ones, etc.;
  • Providing emotional support;
  • Count, distribute and maintain the inventory of the items used during the program in the appropriate inventory book;
  • Assist women in connecting with Correctional Officers to obtain a request form to receive services from the EFry Community Liaison Worker

Drop-In

The Drop-In Centre, located at the main EFry Offices in the Bronson Centre, provides these women access to basic needs including clean clothes, healthy foods, coffee, books, telephone, and internet.

  • Assist clients in finding basic needs items the Drop-In Centre offers including clothing, household items, toiletries, etc.
  • Refer clients to EFry services and resources as requested
  • Refer clients to external services and resources as required
  • Sort and organize basic needs items and place them in the appropriate shelf

Events

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa holds occasional events to engage with the community, our supporters, and our clients outside of the services we provide. These include The Client Christmas Party, the Annual General Meeting,, tabling at community events and assisting at fundraisers.  Having volunteers assist with these events allows the staff to put on these events to everyone’s benefit.

  • Assist in preparation for events including but not limited to setup, decoration, and/or creating promotional materials
  • Attend events and help with duties as given by the event coordinator
  • Engage with clients and community members
  • Assist with the take down and clean up of events

Administration

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa main office, located in the Bronson Centre, receives many phone calls, pieces of mail, and emails daily. It also has a lot of sensitive records to be filed correctly. We need volunteers with administrative experience to assist with the following duties

  • Answer phones, direct calls, take messages
  • Write and respond to emails and letters
  • File paperwork correctly
  • Shred documents as necessary

Communications

To keep clients and community members informed about our services and events, EFry Ottawa has a web page, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. We are looking for volunteers who

  • can assist with the creation and posting of our digital communications
  • Are familiar with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Are familiar with Buffer
  • Are familiar with Canva and Adobe Spark
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