Become a Volunteer
*** Please include both your first name and last name on the application form. Your file might not get processed without proper identification***
Volunteer Initiatives Program*
*Note: VIP is funded by the United Way/Centraide Ottawa.
***Please expect between 2 to 4 weeks for your volunteer application form to be processed and read. Once your form is processed, a staff member will contact you via telephone to obtain more information. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to speaking with you!***
The following section provides some important information about the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa and volunteer requirements. If you have any questions about any of this information, or you wish to know more, please feel free to contact Volunteer our Coordinator of Volunteers. As well, feel free to browse the other information provided on this site. Program Write-Up (.doc)
Since its inception, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa has benefited from the work and support of volunteers. Elizabeth Fry Ottawa currently has three main Volunteer Programs: the Courthouse Program, the Jail Visiting Program and the JF Norwood House Program. Volunteers are also encouraged to spread their wings in the areas of outreach, assistance with special events/ fundraising, and office administration.
The Courthouse Program
Volunteers will assist anyone who are awaiting court proceedings and offer non-judgmental support together with information about the court system and community resources. The Elizabeth Fry office provides women with a relaxed and child-friendly environment. Office hours are 8:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday.
JF Norwood House
Volunteers assist in supporting women living at the residence, offering social interaction, life skills, advocacy, accompaniment, and supervision. They bring special talents and interests to share with the residents.
There is no prerequisite experience or skill required to become a volunteer, only the willingness to learn (a criminal record check is necessary). All necessary training will be provided.
Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa offers support to local women who are provincially and federally sentenced in the province of Ontario. Through our program at the Ottawa Cerleton Detention Centre, volunteers provide social activities for women in custody at OCDC through weekly visits. Professional staff are also on site to provide counselling support, community reintegration planning, and an Anger Solutions group.
Volunteer Q & A
What Does It Mean to be a Volunteer With The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa?
It is the mission of The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa to work with women who are, or are at risk of coming into conflict with the law. Our volunteers are required to support our purpose and our mission. By offering your time and services as a volunteer, you will not only be helping the women we work with, but you will also be benefiting your community and yourself.
Requirements to Join The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa:
An interest in furthering our cause
Commitment to our mission and core purposes
Dedication to the work and a time commitment
The ability to be non-judgmental and open-minded
What is Expected of Volunteers?
Attendance at the orientation/training session
Keeping track of hours volunteered and submitting them
Contacting your supervisor when you cannot make a shift
Excellent communication skills and team spirit
A positive attitude and genuine willingness to help others
A general attitude of acceptance and tolerance
Attendance at Volunteer Gatherings
How Do I Benefit From Being a Volunteer?
As a volunteer for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa, you will gain valuable experiences and a sense of satisfaction that you are there to help women in distress. You will also receive a reference letter upon completion of your required hours and on going feedback during your volunteer placement. As well, countless friendships have been formed between volunteers. Volunteers will be invited to join our Volunteer Gatherings to share information and to participate in a lot of fun activities.
I've Received the Information Package - Now What?
The second step is filling out the volunteer application form along with the consent forms for a criminal reference check. Return these forms to us, and once your application is received by the Volunteer Coordinator, she will contact you to set an appointment to discuss your interests with The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa. This meeting will give the Volunteer Coordinator and yourself an opportunity to discuss what The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa has to offer you. It is possible that not everyone who attends the interview will become a volunteer. Once the interview is completed, you will be asked to join the next volunteer training session.
Thank you for choosing The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa.
We hope that you will be joining our volunteer team.
Do You Need Experience?
Are you interested in working with women who have been or who are at risk of coming into conflict with the law? Are you hard-working and wish to help make a difference for your community? If so, please consider volunteering with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa.
By volunteering, you are not only helping your community, but you are also helping yourself. Gain valuable experience, skills, and training by volunteering in JF Norwood House, at the courthouse, the detention centre, in our office, or as a volunteer driver.
Please note that references will be provided after completion of required hours.
For more details, please contact Nicole
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa’s
Annual General Meeting
Monday September 29th, 7-9 p.m.
Location: Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre
300 des Pères Blancs Avenue
Enjoy a panel discussion from current and previous clients and presentation of our Annual Report.
Please RSVP to Kerry Walsh at E-Fry Ottawa to confirm numbers.
Telephone: 613-237-7427 extension 200