Interested in being part of one of Ottawa’s oldest charities? Apply to become a Family Services Ottawa (FSO) volunteer today!

If you are looking for opportunities to make this world a better place, meet new people, have new experiences, enhance your skills, volunteering with Family Services Ottawa (FSO) could be the right fit for you.

All FSO programs and services are guided by the values of Humanity, Diversity, Accessibility, Effectiveness, Relevance, Collaboration, Accountability, and Social Justice.

These principles allow us to provide services and programs that help make lasting improvements in people’s lives.

FSO volunteers may be required to submit references and agree to a criminal record check. Some may require additional screening. For example, volunteer jobs where direct contact with vulnerable persons is required, additional screening will include a Police Records Check. All personal and private information is protected in accordance with privacy law.

FSO welcomes diversity of volunteers and serves a large and diverse client base. We welcome all who share our mission and want to help, and are determined that those who need our services have full access.

Volunteer Opportunities

FSO has volunteer opportunities open in the following areas:

Board of Directors

Family Services Ottawa (FSO) has an opportunity for one individual to join our Board.

The Board of Directors provides strategic direction to FSO to further its mission and vision. In particular, the Board ensures that FSO operates with excellent financial oversight, legal and ethical integrity, and overall accountability.

We are looking for an individual who is passionate about making a difference in our community and who shares our commitment to inclusivity.  The individual should want to build a community where families and individuals are strong and resilient and have the support they need to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

FSO is specifically looking for candidates with Corporate Law experience. Multiple factors point to an upcoming period of change for the public and mental health sector, not the least of which is the “new normal” under which service providers like FSO will be operating.  Our Board seeks expertise in areas including not-for-profit law, corporate governance, mergers, acquisitions, amalgamations, employment, human resources, real estate, and change management.  Please download the full posting for details.


Programs and Services

Supervised Access Program

The Supervised Access Program provides a safe, neutral, and child-focused setting for children to visit with their non-custodial parent. All visits are a maximum of 2 hours in length and take place on the weekends. Our Volunteers monitor the visits, record observation notes, and intervene when necessary. For more information on volunteering with SAP, check out our info sheet.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Supervised Access Program, please complete a volunteer application. Note: For Firefox and Chrome users, please download the form prior to completing it as the form cannot be completed in the browser.

For more information about volunteering for the Supervised Access Program, please contact the Supervised Access Volunteer Coordinator at 613-725-3601 ext. 128 or by email at volunteers@familyservicesottawa.org

Family Services Ottawa
312 avenue Parkdale Ave.
Ottawa ON K1Y 4X5
T. 613-725-3601