Volunteers Transform Lives

Volunteers make our mission possible.

Volunteering at CityKidz is a fantastic way to meet amazing people, develop new skills, and invest in a brighter future for children in your community.

Volunteering at CityKidz

Whatever your time, whatever your talents, we want to match you with a position that you will find comfortable, meaningful, and rewarding.

Whether you thrive on the front-line, connecting directly with our kids, prefer to work behind the scenes in an office setting – or something in between – we’ve got a place for your gifts to shine and serve your community!


Meet our Servants of Love

Our volunteers bring with them an incredible assortment of skills. In a million different ways, they are bringing hope and inspiring big dreams.

These are just some of the Servants of Love moving our mission forward:



“On my first day with CityKidz, all the kids just melted my heart. Their smiles are captivating and really reminds us, that even though you may go through times, you can still choose to smile!”



“It’s so easy to make a positive difference in a child’s life! As a CityKidz volunteer, it is a pleasure to interact with the kids. They are so appreciative to hear positive messages from the volunteers. It’s a rewarding experience.”



“It has been an interesting experience volunteering with CityKidz. You get to positively impact people in your own city and such an opportunity was really an eye-opener for me.”

Teen volunteers

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering will continue to look a little different in 2021 as we put the health and safety of our community first, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t fantastic ways for you to get involved and make a lasting difference in the lives of Ottawa children!

We’re looking for front-line Team Members to join us this year in delivering the CityKidz experience to our kids’ homes. This means bringing snacks, meals, and special treats to hopeful children, connecting with and inspiring kids in our communities, and being a present and positive role model, cheerleader, and advocate for all CityKidz children.

We is always in need of dedicated administrative volunteers who are detail-oriented and love to organize. With a variety of roles based on the skills and comfort level each volunteer has, we are committed to finding a place for our administrative volunteers to flourish.

Love to fundraise, run events or promote? Consider putting your talents to work helping us plan and run events to raise awareness of and financial support for our work.

Our Saturday programs are a whirlwind of excited kids singing, dancing, eating and celebrating together in our Playhouse theatre. We need volunteers to support our Saturday programs by helping us keep our kids safe and engaged throughout the day.


Frequently Asked Questions

In order to become a CityKidz volunteer, you must be 16 years of age or older, in agreement with our mission, vision and values, and complete the CityKidz volunteer intake process. Each volunteer role is unique and the specific requirements may vary depending on the position.

We want to make sure that CityKidz is the right fit for you! Our intake process is designed to start you in your role with confidence and excitement! All volunteers are screened through an application, interview, background check, and reference check. Next, prospective volunteers will attend an orientation where they learn more about the history, mission and vision of CityKidz as well as information about each of our programs. To begin the process, fill out our volunteer application!

We ask volunteers to commit to a full season so that relationships and trust can be built with the kids! If you are 16 years of age or older, and able to commit to a full season, we would be happy to help facilitate your requirement for graduation.

Yes! If you would like to come as a guest for a Saturday, we would be happy to pair you with a current volunteer so you can see firsthand what we are all about. We hope you will love it so much, you’ll be signing up for orientation!

Still have questions? We’ve got answers!

To learn more about volunteering at CityKidz, contact Wendy Turpin at 613-796-3063 or

Volunteers Transform Lives

Whatever your time, whatever your talents, you can make a transformative difference in a child’s life.

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