Volunteer Roundup!

While you’re making your holiday to-do list, don’t forget to include volunteering. Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way, can steer you to seasonal community opportunities. Call 613-736-5270 or visit www.volunteerottawa.ca.

Do you enjoy seniors and want to support their quality of life?
Have a passion for helping others? Want to be involved in community solutions to community needs? Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is recruiting volunteers to support its transportation and Adult Day programs.  Interested volunteers can fill in an online application at www.communityresourcecentre.ca or contact the Volunteer Resources Coordinator at 613-591-3686 ext. 262.

Help someone you know!
Team Diabetes is seeking people to raise funds for diabetes – and run, walk or hand out water to runners & walkers – during the Ottawa Race Weekend, May 28th & 29th, 2011.  Attend a monthly Team Diabetes Night to find out more – our next one is Tuesday, Nov. 30th, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm – the meetings are open to all.  RSVP with Michele Blackstock at 613-688-5929, or by email at Michele.blackstock@diabetes.ca Visit www.teamdiabetes.ca for more information.

It’s in the air:
The Lung Association provides lung health support to whoever needs it, through programs of education in the community. One such program deals with persons living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and a volunteer is sought to solicit financial help from local businesses and organizations through personal and written contact. Bilingualism would be a plus, fluent English writing and speaking skills are essential. On-site training is available. “Remember, when you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.”  Call Katherine Solomon at 613-230-4200.

Ready for your close-up:
CHEO is looking for an English-speaking volunteer who has some acting experience and is not camera shy. The assignment is to help narrate training and educational videos to be posted on CHEO’s website and YouTube for both parents and professionals. Time commitment is two to three hours at CHEO, and a Police Check is required. Call Jama Watt at 613-737-7600 ext 3134,

Hockey night:
The Kiwanis Club of Rideau is one of thousands of service clubs internationally, whose volunteer and charitable efforts are primarily aimed at children and their needs. One way the Rideau group raises funds is by the sale of 50/50 tickets at Ottawa 67s home games. If you can spare a few hours Friday night or Sunday, and if you’re 18 years or over, you can participate – and take in some great hockey when things are slow. Call Kim Chadsey at 613-731-9886.

Keeping track:
World Computer Exchange promotes literacy in developing countries by collecting and refurbishing donated computers and shipping them to needy organisations around the world. The local coordinator is looking for a volunteer assistant – working at home on their own equipment – to maintain lists and inventories of donors and donations, ensure that receipts are sent to donors, issue announcements of coming events and send out thank-you letters. Call Lionel Croteau at 613-993-2269 during business hours; 613-841-3102 evenings and weekends.

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


One thought on “Volunteer Roundup!

  1. Unfortunately, the police check rules are creating a huge backlog. We’ve been waiting over two months for processing. New, more complicated laws and rules don’t equal new funding…

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