As a Cornerstone volunteer, you can be a vital piece of the puzzle that helps women break the cycle of poverty and homelessness 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:

  • Please submit an application to our volunteer coordinator 314 Booth Street.

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

  • You will be asked for two professional references. These can be from paid employment, other volunteer roles, or academia.
    • You will also require a completed Police Reference Check for the Vulnerable Sector with the original being dated no later than the last 90 days. A volunteer letter from Cornerstone will be required for you to obtain this check at no charge.
  • Once these steps are complete we will work together in finding the best possible volunteer assignment match.

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 our Volunteer Coordinator, Rosemary Jones 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.

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Young Professionals Advisory Board

Are you a young professional looking to get more involved in creating a better community for all? Do you have experience volunteering or working with the social sector? Are you looking to build your leadership skills and network with like-minded young professionals?

Cornerstone's Young Professionals Advisory Board (YPAB) directors and members contribute to the successful mission of Cornerstone Housing for Women (Cornerstone) and its programs through volunteering, advocacy, and fundraising. Board directors and members come from a range of industries and backgrounds but are driven by their shared goal of bettering their community and educating others about women experiencing homelessness in Ottawa. The Young Professionals Advisory Board is a venue to expand one’s social circle while contributing positively to the Ottawa community.

The Cornerstone Young Professionals Advisory Board (YPAB) is now accepting applications for new members to join the Marketing & Communications (MCC), Events & Fundraising (EFC), and Community Engagement & Advocacy Committees CEA). We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds in regards to gender, gender expression, race, ethnicity, creed, colour, national origin, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, religion, abilities, professions and educational backgrounds.

Applicants must be over 18 years of age. We strive to ensure that our Board reflects the diversity of the women served by Cornerstone.

Potential applicants should enjoy working in a team setting, have experience working with vulnerable people, and be prepared to dedicate two hours a week towards YPAB committee activities. Previous non-profit board experience and Cornerstone volunteer experience is a plus, but not necessary.

To apply to join the Young Professionals Advisory Board, please click here and send your completed application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All accepted YPAB members must complete the Cornerstone volunteer approval and onboarding process. If you have not already started the Cornerstone volunteer process, we will walk you through it after receiving your application. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to our Chair, Deirdre Bain, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with any questions. 

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