So, you’re back at school. Have you found a Community Service volunteer slot yet? We can help you search at Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way. Call 613-736-5270 or visit www.volunteerottawa.ca.
Get out: Good Companions programs are for all seniors, especially those living independently in the community. These clients can enjoy day programs of recreation and social events every Wednesday or Thursday with the help and direction of staff and volunteers. Hours of the program are 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and there’s parking available. Call Tara Neal at 613-236-0428, ext. 230.
Hitting the books: Every Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., kids get together at the Nepean Centrepointe Library to do their homework with the support of a volunteer. Mature volunteers who are fluent in English or French are preferred. Volunteers must be able to make a three-month commitment. Call Doreen Ju at 613-235-4875, ext. 144.
Be a parenting mentor: Mothercraft Ottawa offers an opportunity to share your parenting experiences with a new family. This involves home visiting, park excursions and connecting new parents with community resources. You’ll be helping parents to develop their parenting skills and form a friendship with their family. Flexible hours, schedules and training provided. (Next training session begins Sept. 14). Contact Rachel Horsley at 613-728-1839, ext. 228.
Do it yourself: Blair Court Community House aims to become an independent learning centre, where adult learners can earn a high school diploma or study ESL on their own, with the support and guidance of a volunteer teacher. This pilot project will likely run three mornings a week at the community house. Call Kristy Donnely at 613-736-5058.
Coffee break: The Canadian Breast Cancer Network is holding the Breaks for Breast Cancer event the second week of October, and they’re looking for enthusiastic, energetic volunteers to serve as assistants to the co-ordinator for one day a week until the event. The assistant will call and foster participation, build up registration and send out kits. Excellent English language and customer service skills as well as skills in Word, Excel and Outlook programs are welcomed.
Call Vanessa Sherry at 613-230-3044, ext. 226.
Speaking of volunteers: Volunteer Ottawa is looking for people to help us do our job, by telling the public about the agency and about voluntarism in general. Schools, service clubs and workplaces are all potential audiences and don’t worry, Volunteer Ottawa will train you. Ability to communicate in French or other languages would be an asset. Warning: some displays may involve some lifting and some venues may be noisy. Call Shelley Ann Morris at 613-736-5266, ext. 152.
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