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, if you are working directly in Odyssey House or with our clients, 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. We will provide you with assistance in getting these done