The ORCC is a volunteer based organization - we rely on over 5,000 volunteer hours a year. We are currently seeking trans and cis women, trans men, two-spirit, gender-fluid, and non-binary folk to volunteer as Crisis Line Counsellors, Fundraisers, Community Educators, Board of Directors and Board Committee Members. For all volunteer positions, applicants must complete a screening interview, training sessions and an evaluation. After 6 months of volunteering at the Centre, volunteers can change their focus and join a different program at the Centre.

Our training and volunteer programs are well respected in Ottawa and spaces fill up very quickly; if you are interested in volunteering please go to the get involved section to get more details on training dates and who to contact.

Please note, all volunteers are required to have a police records check for working with the vulnerable sector that is no more than 2 years old. Should you require it the ORCC can provide a letter to obtain your police records check free of charge.

Crisis Line Volunteering

Potential crisis line volunteers go through an initial screening interview to see if we can meet each other's needs; it takes approximately one hour and can be scheduled for the daytime or early evening.

Following the screening interview, you must attend training sessions. The training for the Crisis Line program is 30 hours, which does not include independent reading time. We offer volunteers an excellent training program and a supportive and fun environment to learn in. A variety of learning tools are used including group activities, guest speakers, role-plays, independent reading, games, and group discussions. Each session focuses on a different training topic: sexual violence, oppression, feminist crisis counselling, recent sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, suicide, coping strategies, and self care. We cover difficult topics such as suicide, multiplicity, ritualized abuse, and self injury. The training spans three months and occurs every fall, winter and spring. There is a fee of $50 for the training materials – this fee is non-refundable.

The final stage of the process is an evaluation which takes approximately one hour; it includes three role plays which are done over the phone with a worker from the ORCC.

After volunteers have finished their evaluation we ask for a commitment of one year. Volunteers are expected to work 21 hours per month on the crisis line; volunteers choose the shifts that they work. One three-hour volunteer meeting is held every other month – volunteer meetings provide skill-building workshops, guest speakers, peer support and social events. Volunteers receive regular supervision and support.

We are currently recruiting for our next Crisis Line volunteer training program, which will begin this April! Our Crisis Line training programs run each quarter to best suit your schedule. Upcoming training programs are available on the dates below:

Spring Training Dates:

April 16th- May 14th 2020

May 28th-June 25th 2020

July 2nd –July 30th 2020


Fall Training Dates:

 Every Thursday from 6:00 PM -10:00 PM

 Starting October 22nd and ending November 19th 2020. 


Thank you,

Our training and volunteer programs are well respected in Ottawa and spaces fill up very quickly; if you are interested in volunteering please call to arrange for a screening interview. If you need any information regarding this please contact Josephine Basudde at 613-562-2334 ext.22, or email josephine@orcc.net.

Public Education Volunteering

Public education at the ORCC can consist of many different types of work such as staffing an information table at a school or community fairs, giving presentations on sexual assault to groups, publicizing our services, organizing events to raise money for the Centre, organizing and maintaining the resource library, working on our web page, contributing to social media, etc.

We offer an excellent training program and a supportive and fun environment to learn in. A variety of learning tools are used including group activities, role-plays, independent reading, and group discussions.  In the sessions the following topics are discussed: types of sexual violence, its impact on survivors, different oppressions, public education and its role at the ORCC, how to handle disclosures, and how to deliver presentations and facilitate discussions.

Public education volunteers work within the community to raise awareness about sexual assault, harassment, consent communication, bystander intervention, being a good support person, feminist supports, dating and acquaintance sexual assault, media literacy and more.

If you are committed to ending sexual violence; and experienced or interested in marketing, public relations, event organizing, public education, communications, then call to make an appointment for a screening interview. If successful, the next step will be to participate in the training program. We ask for a minimum one year commitment to the Centre with approximately 5 hours of volunteer work every two weeks. You are expected to attend bi-monthly volunteer meetings.

Training opportunities will be coming up in May 2019. For more information, or to arrange an interview please contact Alexa at 613-562-2334 ext. 31 or send an email to volunteer@orcc.net.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (ORCC) seeks volunteers who have (but not limited to) knowledge and awareness of sexual violence issues, a commitment to feminist analysis and practice, and experience in one of the following areas: finance and auditing with non-profit or charitable organizations, policy development, human resources, feminist counselling, non-profit management, media/public relations and/or fundraising. Please review the Volunteer Application Form to learn more about the Board and its Committees, including monthly meeting times.

Board and Committee members become a valuable resource to the ORCC by sharing their expertise and contributing their skills to the Centre and to the community as a whole.  If you would like to make a difference in your community by volunteering with our Board or on one of our Committees (Finance, Policy, Recruitment & Development, Fundraising) please complete the Volunteer Application Form and submit it along with your resume to: volunteer@orcc.net.
Please note that the ORCC receives a high volume of volunteer applications.  Applications are assessed on a quarterly basis to fill vacancies.  Please submit your application by the last day of each quarter: June 30th, September 30th, December 31st, or March 31st.  You will be contacted after this date about available volunteer opportunities.