Volunteer Round Up!

The days are getting shorter and darker, but you can brighten up your time by volunteering. Talk to us at Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way. We’re at 613-736-5270 and www.volunteerottawa.ca.

English Language Tutoring for the Ottawa Community (ELTOC) is a non-profit, volunteer based organization which provides personalized English classes for newcomers to Canada with special needs, from their homes. Our program has helped to enrich the quality of life of many newcomers to the Ottawa area, but this rewarding service also enriches the lives of the tutors who participate! We urgently need tutors in the South End! If  you are interested in applying to become a tutor with ELTOC, or would like more information about our program, please contact Jeff at 232-8566.

Whatever it takes:

LASI World Skills is an organization that helps immigrants with employment assistance programs and services – everything from presenting themselves appropriately dressed to writing competitive resumes. All these initiatives require volunteers – administrative assistants to keep the Suited for Success program running smoothly through keeping records and arranging client interviews and mentors with excellent English language skills, knowledge of the Canadian job market and computer proficiency. The resume clinic is from 5.30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, but daytime volunteers are also sought.MS office systems and equipment are used. Call Jaime Lenet at 613-233-0453 ext 313.

Share your vision:

The CNIB is looking for people who are looking for a new friend. The volunteer will be matched with someone in their neighbourhood who is living with impaired vision and would like someone to share a couple of hours a week enjoying each other’s company and helping with whatever is needed – like reading and doing errands. Or, if you want to get into the spirit of the season,wrap gifts at Bayshore Shopping Centre; flexible shifts available from December 1-24. Call Perpetua Quigley at 613-563-4021 ext 5002.

An old-fashioned Christmas:

Taste the delights of an old-fashioned Christmas in period costume at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. Cookie decorating, greeting visitors or assisting with children’s activities are all part of the school and public programs from November 22nd to December 19th. Program activities include a theme visit on Christmas traditions and celebrations in a small rural village in the Ottawa area, a visit to a schoolhouse, a sleigh ride, and a treat of a hot chocolate. And of course, the experience would not be complete without a visit to Santa Claus. To volunteer contact Danièle Hamonic at 613-580-2424 ext. 19042.

It’s a wrap:

The place is Place d’Orleans for the next couple of months. The task is wrapping gifts as a fundraiser for Easter Seals and loving it. Bring your friends and relatives and pick a time that suits everyone.  If you are in High School, you can even rack up some Community Service hours. Call Krystal Wallace at 613-226-3051 ext 222.

Surprise!

Want to help put some fun and mystery back into the season of giving? Come and volunteer to wrap gifts at Billings Bridge Shopping Center from December 1-24 in support of Volunteer Ottawa, a non-profit agency linking volunteers with community needs. Lots of 4-hour shifts available.  Great for high school students. Contact Paula Cowan  at 613-736-5266 ext 153.

Special thanks to the Ottawa Citizen for publishing Volunteer Ottawa’s Volunteer Roundup! weekly in the City Section! Great community organizations and people are benefiting from this great column! www.ottawacitizen.com

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