Volunteer Opportunities 2021

With over 150 volunteers supported by 6 part-time staff, volunteers are the very foundation of the Council on Aging! They are essential to sustain the COA’s leadership role through various initiatives, activities and events.

Volunteering at the COA offers opportunities to meet fellow peers, expand your network, make a contribution and both utilize and gain valuable skills and experience.

Volunteer opportunities are updated regularly to reflect our current needs.
We are currently looking for volunteers in the following areas:

Board Members

If you’re looking to make a difference at a Board level, The Council on Aging of Ottawa is looking for new Board members. Interested in advocacy work on behalf of older adults in Ottawa? Or providing information and education for older adults on life transitions? Or perhaps you’re interested in leading fundraising initiatives? Our Board members provide leadership and support to staff and our many volunteers who work together to make Ottawa an increasingly Age-Friendly city.

Resource Development Chair

You know that most of the work in fundraising is done behind the scenes. You love the idea of leading a group of volunteers and staff to brainstorm ideas on the best way to ensure sustainable funding. You’ll be working with a small but dedicated group to develop a long-term strategy and identify and grow sources of funding.

From successful donor stewardship strategies to grant writing, you’ll help the COA fulfill its mission.  Working with staff and other Board members, you’ll ensure the COA has a well-thought-out communication plan to elicit continued support from our members and sponsors. And at some point, there will be a need to plan in-person events that will not only raise funds but will allow our members and others to network.

If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and help make Ottawa an increasingly Age-Friendly city, please click here to download the form and apply .  We look forward to talking with you.

Committee Chairs

Committee Chairs provide leadership and direction to their specific committee to achieve its work.  They work closely with and are supported by committee members, staff, the Board, and others in the community.  They are knowledgeable regarding the issues that their committee represents.

Chair, Social Inclusion

Do you know what it feels like to be invisible?  Have you been affected by ageism?  Are you passionate about ensuring all older adults are connected?  If so, we’d like you to Chair our Social Inclusion Committee.

At the COA we believe all older adults can, and should, be socially engaged and have opportunities and support services in their community to connect them with others and needed services.  The Social Inclusion Committee works to identify issues of at-risk groups in particular, and possible actions that can be taken.

As Chair of the Social Inclusion Committee your facilitation and organizational skills will ensure the committee is focused on achieving its goals.  Your passionate leadership and oversight of the logistics of the committee’s operations will ensure a smooth operation. Workplans, with the assistance of the Advocacy Chair and senior staff, are developed by you and the Committee each year.  Collaboration with COA Committees, City staff, and other organizations is key to making an impact in combating isolation and loneliness while creating opportunities for inclusion and connectedness.

French and English language skills would be an asset.  We also recognize the diversity of the population we serve and encourage applicants who reflect this diversity.  Click here to download the form and apply.  We look forward to talking with you.

Chair, Pedestrian Safety and Walkability Sub-Committee

Have you ever wished that city streets and sidewalks were safe and accessible for seniors and people with disabilities year-round?

As Chair of this committee, you would work with a COA staff member and a team of dedicated volunteers to coordinate the Snow Moles Program and assessments (audits) of the walking conditions in Ottawa neighbourhoods. For further information on this program contact snowmoles@coaottawa.ca.

Click here to download the form and apply.  We look forward to talking with you.

Committee Members

Committee Members play an active and engaged role on their committee, contributing relevant knowledge, skills, and expertise and carrying out specific activities aimed at determining and furthering the priorities of their committee.

NOTE: Information will not be shared and will only be used to contact you about volunteering opportunities. We respect your privacy.

Contact: coa@coaottawa.ca

613-789-3577 Ext. 102