Places to go, people to meet, things to do: that’s volunteering. You can find out all about it at Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way. We’re at 613-736-5270 and www.volunteerottawa.ca.
Support the Winners Walk of Hope!: Ovarian Cancer Canada is the only national organization dedicated to ovarian cancer support, education and research. It will host its annual Winners Walk of Hope Sept. 12 at Mooney’s Bay Park. Along with the walk, there will be a barbecue and entertainment. Professional make-up artists are needed to volunteer their time to paint the children’s faces. A volunteer balloon artist is also needed. Contact Angela Holzer at email@example.com or 1-877-413-7970 ext. 228.
Community En’gauge’ment: One Change is asking for your help in a project to increase fuel efficiency and reduce your car’s environmental impact. They’re looking for volunteers to hand out free digital tire gauges door-to-door, at Canadian Tires and at other community events. If you want to en’gauge’ your community in this initiative, call Laura Leet at 613-521-5337.
Many happy returns: Entre Budgetaire offers its clients year-round assistance with income tax returns, and it does it with volunteers. If you can spare a few hours a week, have experience in filing out simple tax returns using software, and can communicate in both English and French, call for an interview and ability test. Call Maira Martin at 613-746-0400.
Looking good: Dress for Success is looking for women to help other women enter/re-enter the workforce in suitable style. Tact, a sense of style and a friendly attitude are necessary to help a woman feel good and look good in the knowledge she’s dressed appropriately. Commitment is about three hours every couple of weeks. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Talking the talk: St. Joe’s Women’s Centre is a day program for women and their children, with social, recreational and educational activities offered by staff and volunteers. A current need is for an Arabic-speaking woman for one-on-one peer support. An assistant is also wanted to provide clients with information and help them access the services and activities they want. Call Jennifer Clark at 613-231-6722 ext 226.
Showing the way: The Canadian National Institute for the Blind needs your help. If you like meeting and greeting people in person or on the phone, it needs a receptionist for a couple of shifts a week.
If you have a vehicle and a valid licence, staff and clients need drivers/guides for getting to CNIB activities. If retail is your thing, the store for visual aids needs for someone to handle customers, product and cash. Want to help blind people increase their independence? Skills practice volunteers are needed. Call Perpetua Quigley at 613-563-4002 ext. 5002.
Special thanks to the Ottawa Citizen for publishing Volunteer Ottawa’s Volunteer Roundup! weekly in the City Section! Great community organizations are benefitting from this great column! www.ottawacitizen.com