John Howard Society of Kingston & District


The John Howard Society of Kingston has benefited from the work and support of countless volunteers over the years working in a variety of positions. Volunteering is an an opportunity to gain valuable experience and skills! Unfortunately, we have recently experienced a large volume of requests and may not be able to accomodate your application at this time. Please contact the office to check the current status prior to submitting your volunteer application.

Institutional Services

Answering calls on the Information & Referral Phone Line, volunteers will be able to offer non-judgmental support and information about community resources. Seasoned volunteers, accompanied by staff, can also provide institutional visits to offer support, community information, and group sessions.

Residential Services

Volunteers assist men living at the residence with issues such life skills, cooking and nutrition, and household management. They can also share their recreational or leisure interests with the residents.

Volunteer Requirements

No experience is necessary but we are seeking open-minded individuals with a non-judgmental attitude who are able to fulfill their time commitment. A clear criminal record check is also required.

Benefits of Volunteering

As a volunteer for the John Howard Society, you will gain valuable experiences and a sense of satisfaction that you have made a difference in your community. By offering your time and services as a volunteer, you will not only be helping the individuals we work with, but you will also be benefiting your community and yourself.

The Application Process

The first step is to fill out the volunteer application form along with the consent forms for a criminal reference check. Return these forms to us, and once your application is received by the Volunteer Coordinator, we will contact you to set an appointment to discuss your interests. If suitable, you will be asked to join the next volunteer training session.

Download the Volunteer Application Form

For more details, please call 613-542-7373

Call for Board Members

Download the Board Member Application Form


The Board of Directors is the legal authority for the John Howard Society of Kingston & District.

As a member of the Board, a director acts in a position of trust for the Society and is responsible for the effective governance of the organization.


Directors have knowledge and skills in one or more areas of Board governance:

  • Policy
  • Finance
  • Human Resources

  • Communications
  • Program/Personnel

Directors must be 18 years of age and complete an interview to determine suitability.


Directors are recommended by the Nominating Committee and elected by the membership at the Annual General meeting. Directors serve initially for a one-year term. Directors may be re-elected for two additional terms of two years each.


  • Commitment to the work and mission of the organization
  • Willingness to actively participate in sub-committees as needed
  • Attendance and active participation at Board meetings and Board orientation
  • A time commitment of 8 hours per month (includes Board preparation, meeting and Committee meeting time)
  • Be aware, declare and abstain from any conflict of interest

  • Attendance at Annual General Meeting and other events planned by the Society
  • Being informed of the JHS services and publicly support the decisions of the board even if they sometimes conflict with your own personal viewpoints
  • Prepare for and participate in the discussions and the deliberations of the Board
  • Conform to Board Policies and Procedures

For more information please contact: Julie Langan, Executive Director