How to Help

Volunteering with Your Local Search Team


The most common question we get is “How do I volunteer for Search and Rescue?”. As an umbrella organization we are composed of member teams. It is our amazing member teams that directly respond to callouts. For this reason OSARVA teams set their own training and recruitment schedules so it is always best to contact your closest team directly.

Please click the “Teams” tab above to learn more.

Funding and Donations


OSARVA is a volunteer organization. Most funding comes from donations and public support.

There are several ways you can help:

  • Volunteer with your local search team
  • Make a donation to your local search and rescue team
  • Make a donation to OSARVA to help support search and rescue province wide

Your contribution to OSARVA can continue to provide public education as well as support, research and equipment to Search and Rescue teams in Ontario.

You can make a contribution to OSARVA in any of the following ways:

  • Name OSARVA as a beneficiary in your will.
  • Mail a cheque to OSARVA, 3859 Wood Ave, RR 3 Orillia, ON L3V 6H3
  • Make a donation online through Canada Helps
  • Make a donation online through PayPal

Tax receipts are available on all donations of $10 or more.

Charitable Registration Number: 869255349