Volunteering with Odyssey House

Odyssey House’s Volunteer Program engages community members to take an active role in the prevention of domestic violence for women and children through volunteerism.  As Odyssey House strives to provide a holistic response to domestic violence, the diverse and individual skill set of each volunteer is recognized and supported to address gaps in shelter services.  Through participation in a formal orientation and ongoing training and workshops, volunteers become critical service providers at the shelter and advocates for healthy, respectful relationships in the community

Volunteers support almost every program at Odyssey House, including Public Education, Child Care, Administration, and kitchen support.  Specifically, they co-facilitate abuse awareness groups and public education presentations, provide childcare, host money management workshops and file income tax returns for shelter residents, lead therapeutic stress management workshops, assist in meal preparation, and sit on ad-hoc fundraising committees for special events.  In return, volunteers are educated on community resources and a variety of social issues such as the cycle of abuse, dating violence, grief and loss, sexual abuse, children exposed to family violence, setting and respecting boundaries, and healthy versus unhealthy relationships.

Every Odyssey House Volunteer is unique and brings with them a wide range of skills and interests.  If we do not have a current program that suits you, we will develop one based on your individual interests. To find out more, consider attending a Volunteer Information Session.

To join the Odyssey House Volunteer Program, please email volunteers@odysseyhouse.ca.