Cooler nights, sunny days and time to change gears for fall. Volunteers are always in season. Find out where you’re needed. Call Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way, at 613-736-5270 or http://www.volunteerottawa.ca.
Good to go: The Tools 4 School program of Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa makes sure that every child, regardless of means, has the gear needed to start the school year. Donated supplies and backpacks are dropped off at library branches and delivered to the Food Bank every Monday afternoon until the middle of September. Pick a convenient Monday and a library near you and let CAYFO know when you can do a pickup. Call Julianna Cronk at 613-244-3803 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
East side, west side: The Children’s Aid Society meets the needs of the children it serves, including a hand up with their study habits and basic subjects. Volunteer tutors are needed to meet once a week or so with a child/youth at home, school, a library or community centre. The tutor prepares and marks work, keeps in touch with the home to confirm session times, and provides a role model as well as instructor. Volunteers are particularly needed in Orléans, and communities in the west end — Barrhaven, Bells Corners, Kanata and Nepean. Call Kim Graveline at 613-747-7800 ext. 2805.
In the swim: A visually impaired woman client of the Jack Purcell Community Centre is looking for someone to swim and socialize with her. The pool sessions are Mondays and Wednesdays from 10.30 a.m. until noon and there’s training and support for the volunteer, plus free parking. Call Kathy Watcham at 613-564-1050.
That’s entertainment: The Parkinson’s Society of Ottawa is looking for entertainers, both formal and informal. The informal entertainment is keeping physiotherapy participants company while they wait for their rides on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. You might have to wait half an hour, so be prepared to chat. The other entertainers they’re looking for are a face painter and a performer/performers who can entertain children of all ages during the Parkinson SuperWalk the morning of Sept. 11 at Andrew Haydon Park. Call Hilary Evans at 613-722-9238.
Happy talk: Ottawa Grace Manor’s residents love their volunteers. Right now, those residents need a hands-on someone to help with their Tuesday afternoon hobby club, where they construct, repair and assemble items. And if you’re more a talker than a doer, they’re looking for Friendly Visitors who can converse in Mandarin, Italian, or just about any other language. Call Azra Temple at 613-722-8025 ext. 135.
Backup team: Carefor Services provides an umbrella of home healthcare and community support services from its office on Belfast Road. If you have training/experience in data entry and preparing and supporting fundraising and marketing events — if you would like to gain or enhance these skills, their fundraising and marketing team want you as a member. Call Susan Murray at 613-749-7557.