Volunteering During COVID-19…

YES! We’re still recruiting!

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, in-house volunteer activities are temporarily suspended until we can safely return to all of our regular Roger Neilson House programming.  HOWEVER, we are still able to support you in the application, interview and on-boarding/training process at this time! 

If you are interested in volunteering at Roger Neilson House in the (hopefully near) future, you are encouraged to complete the application process as outlined below.   We will contact you once we’ve received all the necessary documentation to set up a virtual interview and provide you with the necessary details to begin your training.  Check out the information below and apply today!

Roger Neilson house depends on the invaluable contribution of volunteers as part of our comprehensive team approach to providing care and support to children living with life-limiting illnesses and their families. We have over 260 amazing volunteers who consistently devote their time, efforts, skills and talents to enhance the quality of care provided here. There are many amazing ways to volunteer at Roger Neilson House! To learn more about how YOU can be part of our team, check out our Volunteer Information Session by clicking on the link at the right-hand side of this page. Additional details on the application process and available volunteer positions are below. Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Roger Neilson House!

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The Volunteer Pathway

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Roger Neilson House. We would like to take this opportunity to explain the next steps. Once you’ve completed and submitted your online application

Before you begin volunteering at Roger Neilson House you must also submit a Police Vulnerable Sector Check.  This can be completed at any time during the on-boarding process, but must be submitted prior to any in-house training taking place.

How to get a Police Vulnerable Sector Check: A form letter authorizing the vulnerable sector check to be completed is available by clicking here. The vulnerable sector check can be completed online or in person. Visit the following link for more information: https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Police-Record-Checks.asp. For residents outside the Ottawa area, you can connect directly with any local police, provincial police, or RCMP detachment.

Should you require additional information, please contact Volunteer Services at 523-6300 Ext. 4621, or by email at volunteers@rogerneilsonhouse.ca.

Messages From Volunteers

Message from Volunteers

“What I appreciate the most about my volunteer time at Roger Neilson House is being able to work with the kids and families who need us most. Being able to put smiles on the faces of little ones is the most self-rewarding experience anyone would be privileged to experience.”

“(It is a) privilege to be a part of a precious moment… Volunteering at Roger Neilson House frequently feels more like a gift of an opportunity than a giving of oneself.”

“I like the fact that employees and volunteers are treated as equals and you are part of the team.”

“I appreciate how good (volunteering) makes me feel and how much the children at Roger Neilson House brighten my day.”

“Although I work at home, I feel my volunteer work is much appreciated.”

“I appreciate being able to provide company, comfort or helpfulness to the guest or the parent(s) of one of our guests.”

Roger Neilson House benefits from more than 300 engaged volunteers.

Volunteering at Roger Neilson House


Our organization has a thorough screening process to ensure the needs of the children/youth, families, Roger Neilson House staff and the volunteers are met. Please view our Volunteer Opportunities (click here) to see what position is of interest to you.

If you are interested in volunteering at Roger Neilson House, attendance to a Volunteer Information Session is required.  Visit our Events (click here) page to register for a session.  Completed application packages(click here) will be accepted during the Volunteer Information Sessions or may be sent in advance by email, mail or fax to the attention of Volunteer Services. Candidate may be contacted for an interview after attending the Volunteer Information Session.

As an essential part of the screening process candidates are asked to complete a Police Vulnerable Sector Check form and to provide three references.  Information on this process is explained in detail at the Volunteer Information Session.

For more information please contact Volunteer Services at (613) 523-6300 ext. 4621 or at volunteers@rogerneilsonhouse.ca