We're all keeping to ourselves during the COVID-19 situation. But many of us still want to find ways of helping the less vulnerable in our communities.
You can use this form to offer assistance to your neighbours, especially if they're ill, disabled, seniors, or have other challenges. Grocery shopping, picking up groceries, or just spending a few minutes chatting through the door or at a safe distance can make a tremendous difference to a vulnerable neighbour.
It's essential that you look after yourself, too. Please read and follow the guidelines from Ottawa Public Health below before volunteering.
And thank you for helping your community.
Ottawa Public Health Volunteer Guidelines
If you are looking to support your community during this critical time, you can help by checking in with neighbours and friends who may be vulnerable, overwhelmed, lonely or in need of help. Please be mindful of social distancing recommendations given by Ottawa Public Health to help lower your risk.
It is important to note that if you are volunteering, you could be exposed to the virus. Please make sure to monitor for symptoms, and when in doubt, please follow the guidance about self-isolation provided by Ottawa Public Health.
Please do not volunteer if you have symptoms (fever, new onset of cough or difficulty breathing), if you have been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 or if you have travelled anywhere outside of Canada, including the United States. In this case, it is recommended you self-isolate for 14 days.