Volunteer in Kanata-Carleton

Published on December 16, 2019

Raising awareness of volunteer opportunities in our community 

[Updated December 16, 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

This Christmas season be charitable and donate to the organization(s) of your choice that are providing for those less fortunate in our community. (Please follow links below for more information about how you can donate and volunteer.)


The Kanata Food Cupboard  - http://www.kanatafoodcupboard.ca/

Learn more about volunteer opportunities here: http://www.kanatafoodcupboard.ca/volunteer

For help or to donate, call 613-836-7847 or email: Cara-Leigh Wyllie - Manager, Operations and Volunteer Coordination @ [email protected]


West Carleton Food Access Centre (& Savvy Seconds) @ our Community Complex at the intersection of Carp & Kinburn Roads

The food access services phone: 613-832-5685 (Mon, Wed, Fri -- 9 am-1 pm) or email: [email protected] . There is more information at https://ottawa.cioc.ca/record/OCR0946.

Savvy Seconds is a free clothing venue for the whole family: https://www.facebook.com/Savvy-Seconds-West-Carleton-499684430113664/ To connect for an appointment or to donate, call (613) 240-8644 or email: Vera Jones [email protected]


Salvation Army Ottawa - http://salvationarmyottawa.ca/

Donate in one of the kettles across our City or online here: https://salvationarmy.ca/donations/

Salvation Army’s Toy Mountain - http://salvationarmyottawa.ca/ways-you-can-help/volunteer/volunteer-with-toy-mountain/

Volunteer at the Toy Mountain Distribution Centre, please contact: [email protected]


The Ottawa Mission - https://ottawamission.com/

Learn how you can get involved here: Volunteer at the Ottawa Mission & donate to the Mission here: Donate today.


Click here for a full list of Holiday Programs you can donate to in Eastern Ontario



Past Features

  • Canadian Blood Services
  • Carp Fair
  • Cleaning the Capital 
  • Constance Bay Community Market 
  • Hospice Care Ottawa
  • Kanata Food Cupboard 
  • Kanata Minor Hockey Association 
  • Kanata Theatre
  • 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 
  • Snowshoe Fund of Ottawa 
  • West Carleton Food Access Centre 
  • West Ottawa Community Resource Centre 

(See below) 


The Ottawa Mission   


Phone: 613-234-1155

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.

Share warmth and hope at Christmas. DYK you can provide a holiday meal for just $3.47!?


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]


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.

On Tuesday, November 26, the CBS will be at the Kanata Rec Complex, 100 Charlie Rogers Place. Please consider donating – and you can book your appointment here.

Make-a-Wish Eastern Ontario    


Phone: 613-234-3555

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.   On November 30, support local efforts at this fundraiser: Taste of the Holidays!


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.


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

Support the Hospice’s current fundraiser: Homes for the Holidays 2019 will take place on November 15,16 & 17.



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.

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
[email protected]

Kaitlyn Lalonde - Client and Community Outreach Coordinator
[email protected]

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


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.


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 [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.


Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre   


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

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected]

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 [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

Constance Bay Community Market  


Contact Cindy Pratt, Market Manager @ [email protected]

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

[email protected]

@ 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
[email protected]

@ 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.