an innoVative centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

helping families in ottawa, canada become self-sufficient contributing members of society

The Youville Centre has served the Ottawa Community for over twenty years. We're very proud of our name and our many accomplishments.

The Youville Centre is a charitable organization that receives wide-spread community support.

The Youville Centre is a charitable organization that receives wide-spread community support.

We are very grateful for the generous support and assistance of all our supporters.

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If you would like to become a Youville volunteer, please contact Heather in our Communications and Development Department at 613-231-5150 ext. 128.


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Charitable Reg. Number:
11884 8456 RR0001

Our faithful volunteers

Volunteers are an integral part of the Youville Centre. They can be found working up front or behind the scenes. Our volunteers are all ages, energetic and enthusiastic.

Youville volunteers bring their expertise from all walks of life and offer their talents to help our young mothers. Without them, Youville could not manage to meet the daily needs of our mothers and their children.

This year our “Volunteer Family” grew, and we can now say that we are lucky enough to have just over 25 consistent volunteers.

What our Volunteers are Saying:

“Youville Centre has a welcoming atmosphere and kind staff. It was an honour to have volunteered for an organization that makes such a strong impact on the lives of young mothers and their children." ~Stephanie, Childcare and SWAP Shop Volunteer

"As I am now retired, I can do things that I really enjoy, like volunteering at the Youville Centre. I volunteer twice a week with the infants and toddlers. What a joy!! So much care, attention, patience and love is given by the staff to all of the babies as well as so much support for the mothers. Both mothers and babies are lucky to have such a wonderful opportunity for growth. I know that whatever happens in their lives, the babies will always feel the love that was given to them in Youville Centre." ~Yolande, Childcare Volunteer

"My volunteering experience at the Youville Centre has been nothing but rewarding for me as a retiree who is able to give back something to society and feel useful and needed at the same time. I so enjoy being surrounded by such caring staff and interacting with the young mothers who demonstrate such maturity by getting an education while their young children are receiving the best daycare possible. It warms my heart to see all of this under one roof and look forward to going there twice a week and leave with a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that we all collectively are making a better future for the young mothers and their children." ~Ria, SWAP Shop Volunteer

Each year, we also participate in Community Action Day, put together by Volunteer Ottawa and United Way Ottawa.
This year we were very fortunate to have a great group of women from the Treasury Board Secretariat here at our centre to help us decorate and bake cookies in preparation for our Christmas season.

In addition to our core group of volunteers, we also had many guests visit our centre to volunteer their time and talent, including: photographers, chefs, financial experts, yoga teachers and career-related guest speakers.

We would like to thank everyone who donated their time to our young mothers and their children. We are grateful to have you in our “village”.

If you would like to volunteer at our centre, please fill out the application form below:

Please download, save and complete our Volunteer Application Form. When you have done so, email it to us, or fax it to (613) 231-5150 or bring it to the Centre in person.

After your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted to discuss volunteer possibilities.

Our application form is available in two formats:. If you'd prefer to fill out the form electronically and then send it to us by email, choose the MS Word format. If you'd rather work with a printed copy that you can complete with a pen before sending it to us by postal mail or fax, then choose the PDF format instead.

Our volunteers:

serve as Board members work at fundraisers
take photos donate bursaries
design bulletin boards do administrative work
build websites speak to service clubs
deliver furniture attend meetings, and more meetings
sort Swap Shop goods participate in special events
answer phones hang pictures
organize Food Bank donations perform painting tasks
fix computers stuff envelopes
raise money attend and support Centre events
rock babies to sleep  

As we have for over two decades, once again we thank our long-standing and recent volunteers, folks who give so generously of their time, energy and talents to support our work at Youville. We are indebted to all of our volunteers whether regular or occasional; individual or group; on front lines or behind the scenes; working with Moms, children or staff; in our building or off site; providing services or goods- we couldn't manage without you. Your generosity and selfless service to our young families make our work so much more effective. Thank you from everyone at Youville! You are proof that it takes a village to raise a child. All of our children, infant and adolescent, join in our chorus of thanks to each andevery one of you!