Frequently Asked Questions

How many hours would I have to commit to each week?

The typical volunteer shift is 1-3 hours depending on the volunteer position within our organization. Commitments for the frequency of shifts range from daily, weekly, biweekly and monthly.

How long does my volunteer commitment last?

We ask that new volunteers commit to a minimum of six months supporting our organization. There is no maximum time commitment that our volunteers are limited by, though programs do change related to client and resident needs. If your program no longer takes place due to resident needs will ensure that a similar position is offered to you whenever possible.

Do I have to fill out two applications when applying to volunteer at Abbotsford House or The Glebe Centre Long Term Care Home?

Our Volunteer Application process for Long Term Care has transitioned to an online application. If interested in volunteering in both locations please complete the Long Term Care Application online and indicate that you are interested in Abbotsford as well.  We match volunteers with programs based on their availability, skills and experience.

Does The Glebe Centre require a Vulnerable Sector Police Record Check?

Due to the population that we support ALL volunteer positions require a negative Vulnerable Sector Police Check for those in a position to interact with residents and clients. These are free of charge for volunteers to obtain regardless of if they live in Ottawa or Gatineau. A Vulnerable Sector Police Check obtained in the last six months will be accepted with a signed Offense Declaration Form.

How do I apply for a free Vulnerable Sector Police Check?

Upon successful completion of the interview stage of the volunteer application process. Volunteer applicants will be provided a letter as proof that they have been offered a volunteer position at The Glebe Centre. This letter is submitted during the Vulnerable Sector Police Check Application Process.

Does The Glebe Centre offer parking?

The Glebe Centre is not able to offer free parking to volunteers, staff, students, and visitors to our home. There is free on street parking located in the neighborhood with a time limit of 2 hours. Parking at Lansdowne TD place is an option, but volunteers are required to pay this cost at their own expense. When no events are taking place at TD Place parking rates are $4/ hour for a maximum of 4 hours after which time parking is a flat rate of $20 for the day. These prices are subject to change based on events taking place at Lansdowne TD Place.

Can I get to The Glebe Centre on public transit?

The Glebe Centre is located on OC Transpo bus routes 6 and 7. A south bound stop is located in front of Abbotsford House on Bank Street and a north bound stop is located across from The Glebe Centre in front of Lansdowne Park on Bank Street.

I would like to volunteer to play live music for the residents, is this something The Glebe Centre can accommodate?

Live music is a wonderful experience that connects everyone. We have a piano located on each home area and in our Centre Wide Program space. At this time we are not able to welcome musicians of wind instruments we strongly encourage anyone looking to share their musical skills with the residents to apply to volunteer.

Will I need to wear a mask while volunteering?

It is recommended that volunteers wear a mask while volunteering at both Abbotsford and in our Long Term Care Home. Masks are provided at our front entrances. We ask that those choosing to wear a mask please ensure that they are wearing their masks appropriately at all times. 

I want to volunteer with my kids as a family, is the possible?

Volunteers in our organization must be 14 years of age or older. As long as all of those volunteering are registered volunteers an effort can be made to assign volunteers to paired volunteer positions.