Children's Cottage Society


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Volunteers play a vital role in the day to day operation of the Children’s Cottage Society. In 2018, the Children's Cottage Society welcomed more than 1,650 volunteers who generously gave more than 20,292 hours. Clearly, the Children’s Cottage Society could not prevent harm and neglect to children and build strong families without volunteers.

As a volunteer you will work along side staff and other volunteers. Whether a one-day group team building opportunity or an individual who wishes to provide a few meaningful hours, volunteers help support all of our programs in many different ways:

  • At Brenda's House you will support families experiencing homelessness by helping with child care, leading activities, assisting with programs, or preparing meals.
  • At the Crisis Nursery you will help to make a difference in a child's life. Duties may include child care, leading activities during playtime, helping with office administration, sorting donations, cleaning toys, baking treats, or preparing nutritious meals.
  • The In-Home Infant Respite Program is designed to assist parents of newborn infants to six months. Volunteers, supported by staff, will make a home visits to provide much needed respite for parents.

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Volunteer Roles

Child Care

Help make a difference in a child’s life when they are staying at one of our facility-based programs. Assist us with child care duties such as feeding, bathing, diaper changing and dressing. Locations: Crisis Nursery in Bridgeland or Brenda’s House in Killarney. Shift times: shifts vary Monday thru Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Program Facilitator

Do you have a special skill that you would like to share? Lead a music class, help children create masterpieces of art, or perhaps teach yoga. Help us provide a creative and meaningful experiences for families and children. Locations: Crisis Nursery in Bridgeland or Brenda’s House in Killarney. Shift times: shifts vary Monday - Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In-home Infant Respite

Accompany our In-Home Infant Respite Program staff into the homes of parents with newborns, 0 – 6 months of age. Volunteers will assist our staff and help provide respite to parents who are feeling so stressed that parenting feels impossible, are overwhelmed by the challenges that twins, triplets or premature infants bring or are too sick to care for their child. Volunteers are required to have infant-care experience and a reliable vehicle. Hours are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., every other week.

Baker or Kitchen Assistant

Do you love being in the kitchen? Help our kitchen staff provide healthy, balanced meals and snacks for the children at the Crisis Nursery or the families at Brenda’s House. Locations: Crisis Nursery in Bridgeland or Brenda’s House in Killarney. Shift times: shifts vary Monday - Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Office Administrative Support

Do you like to work in an office setting? Assist in a wide variety of duties such as filing, preparing mailings, and other office activities. Location: Crisis Nursery in Bridgeland, Brenda’s House in Killarney, or our administrative office in Kensington. Shift times: shifts vary Monday – Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Donation Sorter

Sort clothing and toy donations that are stored at the Crisis Nursery in Bridgeland. Shifts times: shifts vary Monday – Sunday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Help make a difference by picking up and delivering food and other donations as needed. Vehicle is required. Shifts as needed as an on-call basis.

Corporate or Group Volunteering

The Children’s Cottage Society has many different projects throughout the year that are perfect for groups that wish to come together to give back to the community and share with others. Projects include;

  • Seasonal or holiday decorating and activities
  • Landscaping, gardening, cleaning and tidying.
  • Building maintenance, repairs or upgrades.
  • Fundraising projects and special events.
  • Baking and meal preparation

These are just a few of the projects that your group could be involved in. If you have an idea, please contact us and we will try to make it happen.

Fundraising or Special Events

Almost half of the Children's Cottage Society annual operating funds are raised by fundraising. Help out with just a few hours of your time at a wide range of fundraising and special events.

Mission Statement


mom, dad and child


Our Vision: Resilient children blossom in healthy families 

Our Mission: Building strong children and safe nurturing families through prevention programs and support services 

Our Promise to children

We promise to help your parents keep you safe so that you can grow up to be healthy and happy 

Since 1986 The Children’s Cottage Society has been dedicated to preventing harm and neglect to children and building strong families through support services, respite programs and crisis nurseries. We are a recognized leader in providing effective programs and services to help ensure Safe Children in Healthy Families

At the Children's Cottage Society we have long understood the detrimental effects of prolonged exposure to negative experiences in a child's early development. We recognize that the solution is prevention and we aim to ensure that children in our community have strong foundations for healthy physical and emotional development. We offer non-judgemental programs and services aimed at helping parents through a crisis regardless of what their circumstances may be. We believe that asking for help is a sign of strength and we aim to work collaboratively with local agencies to ensure families are provided with the best services and resources to meet their needs.