The Ottawa Volunteer Center inspires, equips, and mobilizes people to take action and change their community for the better.

Thank you for taking an interest in making our community a better place! The ECKAN Volunteer Center serves as a hub for volunteer opportunities in Franklin County. Individuals, families, youth groups, and businesses are all encouraged to share the spirit of volunteerism! Learn more about the Volunteer Value.

The Volunteer Center meets the following objectives:

Connect people with opportunities to serve by recruiting and referring volunteers to agencies in the community. If you are a non-profit and want to partner with Ottawa Volunteer Center download and submit our Memorandum of Understanding. If you are a non-profit seeking volunteer assistance download and submit our Project Request Form.

Organize volunteer events in conjunction with:

 Make a Difference Day

 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance

 Global Youth Service Day

 National Volunteer Week

Promote and/or host special events that are in need of volunteers or that meet a unique need in the community. See the Volunteer Connection Calendar for details.

Build the capacity for effective local volunteering management through trainings to local agencies.

If you are interested in making a difference in the life of someone today, read through the Volunteer Connection Booklet, a guide to volunteer opportunities in Franklin County, and submit the Volunteer Application to Valerie Tindill, Volunteer Director, at 785-242-7450 ext. 7205 or By briefly sharing your interests and schedule, you will be matched up with a volunteer opportunity that is perfect for you.