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, each volunteer’s diverse and individual skillset is recognized and supported to address gaps in shelter services.  While volunteering with Odyssey House, volunteers often become advocates for healthy, respectful relationships in the community.

Every Odyssey House Volunteer is unique and brings with them a wide range of skills and interests. Volunteers support almost every program at Odyssey House, including Public Education, Child Care, Administration, and kitchen support. Specifically, they provide childcare, host money management workshops, file income tax returns for shelter residents, lead therapeutic stress management workshops, and assist in the meal preparation and fundraising committees for special events. In return, volunteers are offered education focused on social issues. This can include a cycle of abuse, dating violence, grief and loss, sexual abuse, children exposed to family violence, setting and respecting boundaries, and healthy versus unhealthy relationships.

Besides a willingness to give back to your community and volunteer at Odyssey House, we will need two pieces of information from you. A vulnerable sector criminal record check was completed with the RCMP and a child intervention check was completed with children services.

Odyssey House is currently in the process of reviewing and revamping our volunteer program. Opportunities are expected to be published by the end of August 2022. If you are interested in being added to the volunteer interest list, please email development@odysseyhouse.ca with your name and preferred method of contact (email or phone) to be notified of when opportunities become available. We thank you for your patience with the release of our enhanced volunteer program and we look forward to meeting you in the future!