Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau
Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau
Call: 613-498-2111
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About Us


About Our Charity 

Throughout its 35 year history the Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau has played a vital role in building community capacity by providing leadership opportunities, training and placement for volunteers in non-profit organizations and creating a sense of belonging and inclusion in the community for volunteers.

Nonprofit agencies and organizations have been served through the promotion of volunteerism, the recruitment and referral of volunteers, education and networking support to agencies and individuals.

We focus on impacting Strong Communities through Community Engagement by supporting over 30 local non-profits by coordinating and collaborating in programs such as the:

  • Community Volunteer Income Tax Program
  • “ChangeTheWorld” Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge
  • Youth Empowered Surfing Seniors (YESS) Program
  • Senior4Kids program
  • Student Volunteer Caring Awards
  • Shimmymob-Brockville
  • Brockville Refugee Resettlement Program
  • Community Wide Clean-up


  • Project specific recruitment of older adults, seniors and youth through programs such as the Community Volunteer Income Tax program; Change the World Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge and more recently the Seniors4Kids in-school program and the YESS (Youth Empowered Surfing Seniors) program.


  • Networking meetings that support opportunities to share skills and highlight needs of non-profit agencies
  • Skill development opportunities through specialized workshops such as fundraising, Board Governance, volunteer management and certified skill based volunteer recognition (PREB-Ontario)
  • Presentations and speaking opportunities throughout Leeds Grenville
  • Participation in Volunteer Fairs and forums
  • Providing year round free Income Tax preparation for low income citizens in both urban and rural communities
  • Loaning of Equipment and resources of benefit to non-profit agencies and organizations
  • Bringing the voice of the volunteer sector through networking and representation on several interagency committees and volunteer Boards of Directors.
  • Regular use of traditional and social media to: share and inform about our services, promote volunteerism, volunteer opportunities, nonprofit related information, events and successes.
  • Recognize and celebrate volunteers and volunteerism during designated volunteer recognition and awareness events throughout the year.

The Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau is a registered charity that is incorporated and is run by a Board of Directors, an Executive Committee and a Centre Manager. Throughout the year there are hundreds of volunteers involved in all aspects of programming, service delivery and fundraising. We are a member agency of the United Way of Leeds Grenville, Volunteer Canada, The Ontario Volunteer Centre Network and the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce.


Community Support

The Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau  is a non-profit entity, registered with the Canada Revenue Agency as a Charitable Organization. We are funded by the United Way of Leeds and Grenville, Agency Membership fees, project specific grants, and other fund development initiatives.

The Volunteer Centre is grateful for the community support received from our funders and partners.

Almost 50% of our funding comes from memberships, donations and community based fundraising.

If you believe in strong and healthy communities and the role of volunteers in contributing to a caring society, a robust economy and a vibrant culture, then please consider making a donation to the Volunteer Centre.


For further information please visit our office or call:


x 226 Harold Hess
x 374  Marion Dalley


Fax: 613-498-2116


Our History… our future in the making


The Volunteer Centre was founded as the Volunteer Bureau in 1981 due to the vision of dedicated community activist Betty Haley.

The need for a coordinated approach to assist nonprofit organizations with their volunteer needs was made evident to Betty while she was working on a YMCA volunteer engagement project.

She quickly realized that many organizations did not have the capacity to actively recruit volunteers and thought it would be beneficial to have an organization that could act as a broker or clearing house for volunteers.

Discussion with other concerned community members resulted in a seven member steering committee and the formation of an elected board.

The Volunteer Bureau of Leeds and Grenville’s doors opened April 1st, 1981. The organization became a registered charity on January 1st, 1991 and was incorporated on July 14, 2000.

Several additional programs were founded under Betty’s tenure as Executive Director including:

  • Drivers Program – a program to drive seniors and low income individuals to doctors’ appointments
  • Community Income Tax Program
  • Mayors’ Community Walk which provides local area nonprofits the opportunity to raise funds and highlights the work of volunteers in our community.

Thirty years later the Centre continues to offer the successful Income Tax Program. The Drivers Program was moved to the Victorian Order of Nurses in May 2002.

After 22 years of dedicated service Betty Haley retired on June 1, 2003 with Cheryl Marshall becoming the new Executive Director.

Cheryl made many contributions to the Centre during her four year tenure. She was instrumental in coordinating the work of United Way member agencies to support the United Way campaign through successful stew luncheons. She left the Centre in 2007 to pursue another exciting opportunity in our community.

Frank Rockett took over the helm as Executive Director in 2007 upon Cheryl’s departure.

Frank worked to raise the Centre’s profile in the community while placing an emphasis on sustainability. He initiated several new programs, including the Resource Rental Program. Additional new programs and partnerships include ChangetheWorld Youth Volunteer Challenge.

Over the years, our organization has expanded. On our 30th anniversary, we became the Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau.

On February 12, 2014, Harold Hess became the new Centre Manager.

To this day, the Volunteer Centre strives to enrich the Leeds Grenville community through volunteerism.



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