Volunteer in Kanata-Carleton

Published on October 07, 2019

Raising awareness of volunteer opportunities in our community 

[Updated October 7, 2019] 

Each week, MPP Merrilee Fullerton is pleased to highlight a local volunteer group or effort via her website, Facebook and Twitter platforms. This is part of the MPP's commitment within Kanata-Carleton Community Volunteer Initiative


This Week's Feature

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


Past Features

  • Carp Fair
  • Cleaning the Capital 
  • Constance Bay Community Market 
  • Kanata Food Cupboard 
  • Kanata Minor Hockey Association 
  • Kanata Theatre
  • Oasis in Kanata 
  • Queensway Carleton Hospital 
  • Snowshoe Fund of Ottawa 
  • West Carleton Food Access Centre 
  • West Ottawa Community Resource Centre 

(See below) 


West Carleton Food Access Centre  

Contact by phone: 613-832-5685 (Mon, Wed, Fri -- 9 am-1 pm) or email: WCfoodaid@gmail.com

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.


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?

This upcoming weekend, September 27-29, volunteers from across Ottawa will be participating in Capital Cleanup Weekend!  Click here for all the details of this program.  


The Snowsuit Fund of Ottawa    


Phone: 613-746-8719

Email General Manager joanne.andrews@snowsuitfund.com

For fundraising inquiries, please send a note to communications@snowsuitfund.com.

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.


Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre   


2, MacNeil Court in Kanata  K2L 4H7
Phone: 613-591-3686
Fax: 613-591-2501

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


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  

Or email to OasisManager@TheOasisKanata.ca.

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. Note: The next information session is Monday, September 16, 7 pmsee the information for Limit Setting and Communications

The Carp Fair


Please email info@carpfair.ca

The 156th Carp Fair runs from September 26-29th (exactly one month away!). Our beautiful little fair continues to grow, hosting over 500 events on our grounds! Carp Fair, also known to many as “The Best Little Fair in Canada” is now considered 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, well, we’d love to meet you! 

The Queensway Carleton Hospital    


Volunteer Information Session email volunteer@qch.on.ca  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

Constance Bay Community Market  


Contact Cindy Pratt, Market Manager @ marketinthebay@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CBayMarket

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/


Kanata Minor Hockey Association


(613) 831-7051


@ 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.


The Kanata Theatre 


(613) 831-4435

@ 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. 


Read more about MPP Fullerton's Kanata-Carleton Community Volunteer Initiative.