Volunteer Roundup!

The days are getting shorter and cooler but the demand for volunteers is the same as ever! If you’d like to find awesome volunteer opportunities, contact Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way. Call 613-736-5270 or visit their website online at www.volunterottawa.ca.

Homework help: Carlington Community Health Centre needs two volunteers for its after-school program. Time involved is 3 to 5:30 p.m. throughout the week from now until June. The volunteers will assist the program co-ordinator by setting up and cleaning up, providing snacks and participating in physical activity and homework assignments. The program is located at W.E. Gowling School. Call Rosetta Foti at 613-722-4000, ext. 265.

New frontiers: Frontier College has operated as a nationwide literacy organization of volunteers for more than 100 years, and now has changed its focus from isolated frontier venues to disadvantaged and marginal inner-city and public housing sites. But the teaching is still done by volunteer tutors, trained and supported by the agency. They ask volunteers to serve for at least six months, for a couple of hours once a week in either English or French. Call Sarah Brydges at 613-816-1403.

Adding life to days: Friends of Hospice Ottawa needs volunteers for in-home, day hospice, transportation, office/event support, and bereavement support. Although volunteer training started on Sept. 15, it’s not too late to enrol, depending on experience! Please call

613-591-6002, ext. 23, or e-mail hollywatson@friendsofhospiceottawa.ca.

Weekend help: Volunteers help Manoir Marochel’s residents to stay independent and active. Right now, there’s a need for help on the weekends. Some would love a friendly visit. Some need assistance in the dining room with their meals. If you like bingo, you could help with their Saturday games. The ability to speak French is essential. These opportunities are great for those who live in the east end. Call Stefan Belohoubek at 613-744-1861.

Education 101: OCRI Volunteers in Education/ Bénévoles dans l’éducation needs people like you who want to spend a little time making a big impact in the lives of students. Volunteer in Ottawa K-12 schools to help students in ESL, FSL, math, assistive technology, and literacy … the list goes on.

Training provided for some volunteer positions. Support teachers. Help kids. Volunteer today. www.ocri.ca/vie Call 613-828-6274, ext. 255.

For the animals: On Oct. 16, Responsible Dog Owners of Canada is hosting the 2010 AWARE Festival, an event that focuses on Animal Wellness, Awareness, Rescue and Education. A fundraising walkathon, a blessing of the animals, Adoption Alley, vendors, education, services and entertainment will be part of the day’s events. Volunteers are needed in every area including logistics, walkathon assistants, vendor assistants and rescue assistants. We especially would enjoy some volunteer face painters, puppeteers and people interested in being Fido, the RDOC mascot. There is no bus service but there is a shuttle from the Greenboro transit station to Rideau Carleton Raceway, compliments of OLG Slots. For information, contact MariLyse at marilyse@responsibledogowners.ca.

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

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