Volunteer Groups & Community Associations in Our CommunityPublished on November 22, 2021
Raising awareness of volunteer opportunities in Kanata and West Carleton
(updated November 22, 2021)
MPP Merrilee Fullerton is pleased to highlight local volunteer efforts on her website, Facebook and Twitter platforms. This is part of the MPP's commitment within Kanata-Carleton Community Volunteer Initiative.
Read the July 8, 2019 media release and MPP Fullerton's comments at the time she launched the volunteer initiative.
This Week's Feature
Please Consider Donating to Charities Helping Those in Need in Our Community.
The holiday season is all about charity, compassion, and empathy. Like no other time of the year, at Christmas we are reminded of those in our community who are less fortunate. Given the events of the past year, these holidays may prove more difficult for some, whether feeling financial strain or the stress of not being with a family member. We can all make a difference in our community by giving to our local charities.
With the generosity and good will demonstrated by so many in Kanata and West Carleton, I believe the month of December reveals the very best in our community.
-- Merrilee Fullerton, MPP
Please see below for contact information to our local charities.
Volunteer Groups and Community Associations
(in alphabetical order)
- Briarbrook, Brookside, Morgan’s Grant Community Association
- Bridlewood Community Association
- Canadian Blood Services
- Carp Fair
- Cleaning the Capital
- Constance Bay Community Market
- Hospice Care Ottawa
- Huntley Community Association
- Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association
- Kanata Food Cupboard
- Kanata Lakes Community Association
- Kanata Minor Hockey Association
- Kanata Seniors Council
- Kanata Theatre
- Katimavik-Hazeldean Community Association
- Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario
- Oasis in Kanata
- Ottawa Mission
- Queensway Carleton Hospital
- Royal Canadian Legion #638 Kanata & #616 West Carleton Branches
- Salvation Army's Toy Mountain
- Savvy Seconds - West Carleton
- Shepherds of Good Hope
- Snowsuit Fund of Ottawa
- Trailwest Community Association
- West Carleton Food Access Centre
- West Ottawa Community Resource Centre
Briarbrook, Brookside, Morgan’s Grant Community Association (BMGCA)
Contact Email: [email protected]
Members’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bmgca/
Briarbrook, Brookside, Morgan’s Grant Community Association (BMGCA) is a group of volunteers from three Kanata North neighborhoods and our mission is to invite our community to connect, share, and discuss what’s happening in the neighbourhoods. BMGCA manages annual community events, greening and tree planting projects, spring and fall clean-ups, liaison with the City, and maintains three outdoor rinks. People interested in joining or volunteering with the BMGCA visit its website, Facebook page or email: [email protected]
Bridlewood Community Association
Contact via the website OR
The Bridlewood Community Association serves Kanata South residents living east of Eagleson Road, south and west of the National Capital Commission Greenbelt, and north of Hope Side Road. BCA is a very active, volunteer-run community association that strives to make the Bridlewood a vibrant family-friendly community. Click here to find out the many ways you might volunteer in this lovely neighbourhood: https://www.bridlewood.ca/volunteer/
Main Number: 613-562-6262
Volunteering at Élisabeth-Bruyère Hospital, Élisabeth-Bruyère Residence and Saint-Vincent Hospital: 613-562-6262, ext. 8250 or email [email protected]
Volunteering at Saint-Louis Residence and Bruyère Village: 613-562-6262, ext. 2517 or email [email protected]
Bruyère is a multi-site academic health care organization that is serving Ottawa residents by maximizing quality of life and helping people stay and return home. Bruyère delivers a wide variety of services in aging and rehabilitation, medically complex, palliative, residential and primary care. There are more than 745 volunteers who provide compassionate care and services to our patients, residents, clients, tenants and their families. Learn more about volunteering at Bruyère here.
Canadian Blood Services
CBS: “We are Canada’s biological lifeline. We are the connection between the sincere generosity of donors and the heartfelt appreciation of recipients, between the profound discoveries of science and the joyful restoration of health. As such, we are nationally responsible for a secure system of life essentials for transfusion or transplantation that’s reliable, accessible and sustainable.” Learn more about volunteering for the CBS here: volunteer at donor centres, in your community, and/or with public awareness.
The Carp Fair
Please email [email protected]
The Carp Fair runs from September 24-26th. Our fair is known to many as “The Best Little Fair in Canada.” It is one of the largest Agricultural Fairs in the Capital region, and possibly Canada! Many hands create light work is a motto we’ve adopted, and welcome all that would like to part of our volunteers. If you’re looking to get involved in your community, and would like to help this upcoming weekend, we’d love to hear from you!
Cleaning the Capital
Contact via the City of Ottawa Webpage (above)
The Cleaning the Capital campaign occurs in the spring and fall of every year throughout our City. This fall until October 31, residents will come together to make our city clean and green. Litter pickup projects must be registered, and participating teams, upon request, receive a cleanup starter kit to assist them with their projects. Learn more about the program here: What is Cleaning the Capital?
Constance Bay Community Market
Contact Cindy Pratt, Market Manager @ [email protected]
205 Bayview Drive, Constance Bay ON, K0A 3M0 (@ the St. Gabriel’s Parish)
The Constance Bay Community Market (CBCM) is a non-profit marketplace serving the residents and visitors of the village of Constance Bay with a vision to become a self-sustaining, regularly occurring, social destination that will meet the growing needs of the community. The market showcases the products of local farmers, gardeners, artisans, and craftspeople. The CBCM is managed and operated by a volunteer board of directors, a group of support volunteers and a manager. Learn more about volunteer opportunities here: https://www.marketinthebay.com/volunteer/
Hospice Care Ottawa
Volunteer with the Hospice: https://www.hospicecareottawa.ca/volunteer.html
Hospice Care Ottawa is a community-based charitable organization that offers palliative and end-of-life programs and services to people living in the City of Ottawa. All services are offered at no charge to clients and their families. Community Hospice Care programs include in-home visits and day hospice, Residence Hospice Care, Bereavement Care and Caregiver Support. Learn more about volunteer opportunities here: https://www.hospicecareottawa.ca/volunteer.html
Huntley Community Association
Email: [email protected]
Location: The Huntley Community “Mess Hall” is located near the Diefenbunker
PO Box 167 / 2240 Craig Side Road in Carp, ON K0A 1L0
The Huntley Community Association (HCA) is a not-for-profit, volunteer-led group of local citizens, who service the community of Carp and the rural area around it. The association has been in existence for more than 60 years and operates a softball program, the Outdoor Hockey Rink in Carp, Mess Hall rentals, and many community events. Interested people and those interested in volunteering can email: [email protected]
Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association
Contact Email: [email protected]
Location: The KBCA Community Centre - 1002 Beaverbrook Rd. Ottawa, ON, K2K 1L1
Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association (KBCA) a non-profit, volunteer community association making Kanata’s first and oldest neighbourhood of Beaverbrook a great place to live. The association manages the Beaverbrook Community Centre and three outdoor skating rinks and supports a number of local groups among its many activities. People interested in volunteering at KBCA can email: [email protected] or leave a voice mail message at (613) 592-4435. Learn more about the volunteer opportunities clicking here.
The Kanata Food Cupboard
For help or to donate, call 613-836-7847
Warehouse @ 340 Legget Dr, Door #46
Or email: Cara-Leigh Wyllie - Manager, Operations and Volunteer Coordination
Kaitlyn Lalonde - Client and Community Outreach Coordinator
The Kanata Food Cupboard is a non-profit charitable organization providing food assistance to Kanata individuals and families in need. This is the time of the year when donations drop off drastically. We welcome your food donations! You can drop off at our Warehouse Mon-Fri, 9-12 or at 7 different stores throughout Kanata. Also, learn more about volunteer opportunities here: http://www.kanatafoodcupboard.ca/volunteer
Kanata Lakes Community Association
Contact: [email protected]
Also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KanataLakes/
The Kanata Lakes Community Association serves the residents of Kanata Lakes, Heritage Hills, Kanata Estates and Richardson Ridge. KLCA is a completely volunteer-run organization which seeks to connect neighbours, educate the community, and provide a voice when issues arise. KLCA has an excellent website where you can keep up-to-date on the unfolding situation with the Kanata Lakes Golf Course. Learn more about the KLCA -- always seeking new volunteers for their community activities.
Kanata Minor Hockey Association
@ Kanata Recreation Centre
100 Charlie Rogers Place, Box 3, Kanata ON, K2V 1A2
KMHA is the local minor hockey association that operates under the rules and regulations of Hockey Canada, The Association, among many duties, arranges for and nurtures the development of officials and players, select coaches and players for our teams. Whether you have a child in hockey or not, you are welcomed to volunteer. We are creating a stronger community through hockey.
Kanata Seniors Council
Email: [email protected]
The Council office is located in the Kanata Seniors Centre
2500 Campeau Drive, Kanata K2K 2W3
The Kanata Seniors Council is a non-profit organization providing funding for programs and services for our community’s seniors. It actively supports the services of the Kanata Seniors’ Centre and fundraises for the centre. However, the Council is a registered charity and operates apart from the City of Ottawa’s Kanata Seniors’ Centre. The Council’s motto is “Seniors helping seniors.” Learn more about volunteering opportunities with the Kanata Seniors Council here.
The Kanata Theatre
@ Ron Maslin Playhouse
1 Ron Maslin Way, Kanata ON, K2V 1A7
The Kanata Theatre is an all-volunteer amateur community theatre company that began in 1968. Today there are about 250 members, who put on five main-stage plays and a children’s holiday play each year. We’re always looking for new members to help with everything from set construction to acting to selecting costumes to handing out programs.
Katimavik-Hazeldean Community Association
Contact Email: [email protected]
With the mantra “Making Neighbourliness Easy,” Katimavik-Hazeldean Community Association (KHCA) is a volunteer group serving the Kanata neighborhood bounded by the Queensway (highway 417), Hazeldean Road, Eagleson Road and the Carp River (a bit further West than Terry Fox Drive). The KHCA works to promote and protect the interests of Katimavik-Hazeldean residents and its community improvements, as well as organize events which bring our residents together and help foster a sense of community. It manages a wonderful community multi-sport program for kids. KHCA hold regular meetings and welcomes new volunteers – contact: [email protected]
Make-a-Wish Eastern Ontario
Email: [email protected]
92 Bentley Avenue, Unit 4, Ottawa
You can help make the hopes and dreams of children with life-threatening medical conditions a reality! You can be a part of a network dedicated to helping children feel better, stronger and more hopeful for their future. The Make-a-Wish Chapter in eastern Ontario relies on the support of individuals, organizations and volunteers to help create each magical wish experience for our children. With local children, it has made 781 wishes come true. Learn more here: Get Involved. Make a Difference.
The Oasis in Kanata
Online contact form: https://theoasiskanata.ca/contact/
For matters of a confidential or urgent nature, leave a message: 613-435-1100
The Oasis in Kanata is a community outreach program of Glen Cairn United Church that offers information, education, and support for caregivers of people with mental illness living in Kanata and the surrounding area. Information Sessions and Caregivers Matter support group sessions are free and open to all. Workshops and multi-week courses, provided by accredited organizations, are offered at nominal cost.
The Ottawa Mission
Email: [email protected]
Mission Headquarters: 46 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1N 6E4
We offer hope to people in the community who need it most. The Ottawa Mission provides not only food (more than 1300 meals served each day), clothing, and shelter (more than 200 each night), but a wide variety of life-changing programs that help people regain their dignity and provide hope for a better future. These programs include addiction treatment, education and job training, employment and housing services, medical and dental care, and hospice care.
Learn how you can get involved here: Volunteer at the Ottawa Mission.
Donate to the Mission here: Donate today.
The Queensway Carleton Hospital
Volunteer Information Session email [email protected] or call 613-721-4709.
Volunteers are important members of the Queensway Carleton Hospital team and play an integral role in the support of the services provided to the patients, their families and staff. Volunteers also work to raise funds for life-saving medical equipment and other specific hospital needs. The first step to the onboarding process is attending a Volunteer Information Session (contact info above). Learn more about volunteering at the hospital here: https://www.qch.on.ca/volunteers
The Royal Canadian Legion
In our Kanata-Carleton community we have two Legion Branches:
#638 Kanata Branch and #616 West Carleton Branch
Call: Kanata 613-591-5570 & West Carleton 613-832-2082
The Legion is Canada’s largest Veteran and community service organization. Through its local Branches and members, the Legion raises funds and supports essential services for those in need, and responds to the unique needs of their community. Learn more about how active Legions are in our community here. Did you know that anyone can join the Legion?? – and here’s how.
The Legion is responsible for planning and coordinating annual Remembrance Day ceremonies in communities across the country, Every year, tens of millions of Canadians wear a Poppy as a visual pledge to honour Canada’s Veterans and remember those who sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today. Learn more about the Poppy and its significance.
Salvation Army’s Toy Mountain
Every year children across our community experience the fun of Christmas because of the work of The Salvation Army and their infamous Toy Mountain. The Salvation Army collects donated toys at Ottawa’s major malls and from organized group events. Arrangements can also be made for a pick-up where over 100 toys have been gathered. Once in the Toy Distribution Centre, The Salvation Army relies on volunteers to inspect, sort and package the toys by age and gender. If you would like to volunteer at the Toy Mountain Distribution Centre, please contact: [email protected]
Savvy Seconds – West Carleton
To connect for an appointment or to donate, call (613) 240-8644
Or email: Vera Jones [email protected]
Savvy Seconds is a free clothing venue for the whole family. The store is located at 5670 Carp Road in the West Carleton Community Complex. Anyone can make an appointment to see the current inventory to take what they need. It is free and confidential. Donations of clean, gently used clothing gratefully accepted. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Share.
Shepherds of Good Hope
The Shepherds of Good Hope foster hope and reduce harm in Ottawa by supporting people experiencing homelessness and vulnerable adults. Through specialized services, programs and partnerships, the Shepherds help to address challenges with mental health, addictions and trauma. The organization manages specialized shelter programs, permanent homes in supportive housing facilities, shelter-based healthcare and a soup kitchen and evening drop-in centre in our City. The Shepherds have facilities in Kanata.
The Snowsuit Fund of Ottawa
Email General Manager [email protected]
For fundraising inquiries, please send a note to [email protected]
Depot Location: 225 Donald St Unit 134 Ottawa, ON K1K 1N1
The Snowsuit Fund is an Ottawa-based charity that raises funds for the purchase and distribution of new, quality made snowsuits to needy children, 15 years and under, in our community. In a typical season, we distribute approximately 16,000 new snowsuits to qualifying families. Countless other families simply in need of a helping hand benefit from our freely available collection of gently used winter outerwear. Learn how to get involved and volunteer here.
Trailwest Community Association
Contact Email: [email protected]
Members’ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mytrailwest/
Trailwest - Kanata's Connected Community – is located in Kanata South and is a rapidly growing future-oriented community. The Community Association includes Trailwest and Bridlewood Trails and is committed to building a safe, fun and friendly neighbourhood. To connect and/or join, inquire via the Association’s active Facebook Group Page.
West Carleton Food Access Centre
Contact by phone: 613-832-5685 (Mon, Wed, Fri -- 9 am-1 pm) or email: [email protected]
The Community Complex at the intersection of Carp and Kinburn Roads
The Food Bank is open to all West Carleton residents year-round. It provides four to five days of food up to once a month. Fresh food included and special diets are accommodated if donated items are on hand. Pick-up hours Mon, Wed, Fri 2:30 pm-3:30 pm. There is more information at https://ottawa.cioc.ca/record/OCR0946.
Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre
2, MacNeil Court in Kanata K2L 4H7
The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is a not-for-profit organization that provides health and social services to communities in far west Ottawa. The Centre’s diverse programs and services play a vital role in our community by promoting healthy lifestyle strategies and problem solving skills for individuals and families. Learn more about the services provided residents of all ages – SERVICES & PROGRAMS. And click here to learn how you can volunteer at the WOCRC.
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