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As a Cornerstone volunteer, you can be vital piece of the puzzle that helps women break the cycle of poverty and homeless and build a new life of hope and stability.

What Can I Do As A Volunteer?

volunteersThere are so many ways to get involved! We know that every volunteer brings a unique set of skills and interests to the table, and we’d love to find the perfect fit for you. Here are a few of the ways you might like to volunteer at Cornerstone:

  • Sorting food donations, and helping prepare the nutritious meals that fuel Cornerstone women.
  • Providing transportation and accompaniment for appointments, housing search, and moving
  • Organizing activities like arts and crafts or games nights, off-site adventures, and exercise programming that keeps every day joyful and new.
  • Providing haircuts, tailoring a dress or a pair of pants, and sorting through donations, so residents can feel like their best selves and live with dignity.
  • Typing, fundraising, and bulk mailing in support of Cornerstone staff, who can’t do it without your help!

We welcome new ideas and projects to accommodate your special skill sets!

Can I Volunteer At Cornerstone?

We welcome everyone to start the conversation about volunteering at Cornerstone! If you feel passionately about helping women turn their lives around, then Cornerstone might be a good fit for you.

We are actively recruiting volunteers from equity-seeking groups that represent the communities we serve: new Canadians, indigenous people, LGBTQ+ and those with lived experience of homelessness and housing insecurity. We also welcome applications from men and male-identified individuals who feel strongly about supporting women’s access to safe and supportive housing.


How Do I Volunteer?

At Cornerstone, we work with women in an especially vulnerable time. As such, we screen all volunteers and staff carefully, to uphold the highest standards of confidentiality, appropriate boundaries and supportive, sustainable relationships.

Our typical volunteer application process follows these steps:

  • Arwen McKechnie, our Volunteer Coordinator, at 314 Booth Street, Ottawa ON, K1R 7K1.

  • We’ll follow up with a meeting, where we can discuss available roles, ask questions, and determine if this is a good fit.

  • We’ll ask for two professional references. These can be from paid employment, other volunteer roles or academia, and a completed reference check for the vulnerable sector.

  • Once these steps are complete, you’re eligible to become a valuable part of our Cornerstone family!

Most Cornerstone volunteers begin their roles with staff supervision. If you’re interested in a more independent role where you’re engaged with residents, we offer a one-day training three or four times a year. Volunteers who complete this training become eligible for most roles within Cornerstone. 

To learn more about volunteering at Cornerstone, please contact Arwen McKechnie by phone at 613-254-6584 ext. 504or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please complete the application, or print it and mail to our volunteer co-ordinator.


Young Professionals Board

Are you a young professional interested in volunteering with Cornerstone, connecting with a group of diverse young professionals in Ottawa, and becoming an advocate for ending homelessness in our community? Join the Cornerstone Young Professionals Board! We are looking for individuals interested in making a difference and are accepting board applications now.

To learn more about volunteering at Cornerstone and/or joining the Young Professionals Board, please contact Arwen McKechnie by phone at 613-254-6584 ext. 504 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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