Volunteer Roundup!

It’s getting darker and colder.  Volunteers are needed at this time of year to spread a little warmth and cheer. Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way, can provide you with lots of  opportunities. Call 613-736-5270 or visit www.volunteerottawa.ca.

Look good, feel better:

The AIDS committee of Ottawa promotes well-being and a good quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to support and counselling, they offer non-traditional techniques, including massage therapy and acupuncture administered by professionally qualified volunteers. Volunteer estheticians and manicurists are also needed for a monthly Women’s Social, where volunteers perform their services and share a meal with clients. All volunteers are to attend an orientation session. Call Camille Arkell at 613-238-5014 ext 228.

Fasten your seat belt:

Harmer House needs volunteers who love to drive. They supply the van and the passengers, you supply the time and a valid G licence, insurance and be over 25 years of age. The need is to get outreach clients to and from adult day programs. Morning programs run from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., afternoon programs from 2 :15 – 3:30 p.m. If driving isn’t your thing, they need a personable front office volunteer to greet visitors and answer the phone. Call Esther at 613-726-8882 ext 222.

En famille:

The Vanier Community Service Centre operates the Volunteer Family outreach program providing respite for low-income, single-parent families. Volunteer families welcome children into their homes once a month. A 2-year commitment and security check are required. Contact Celine Paquette 613-744-2892  ext 1070.  Also, every Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m their Joujoutheque Program Coordinator needs a responsible, detail-oriented French-speaking volunteer to assist with the upkeep of the toy lending library with good interpersonal skills.  A Security Check is required. Call Sylvie Carriere at 613-744-2892 ext 1073.

Something for Everyone:

The Christmas Exchange relies on volunteers to help them provide assistance to those in need during the holiday season. On December 3, they need people to help collect donations during the annual Christmas Cheer Broadcast at the Rideau Centre. Volunteers are also needed to help collect donated empty beer, wine and liquor bottles at participating local Beer Stores during the annual Running on Empties event on December 11. You must be able to work outdoors. If you have a friendly voice and enjoy talking to people on the phone, you can help with calls to clients to confirm their toy-pick from the Salvation Army Toy Centre. Contact fundraising@christmas-exchange.com. Or 613-226-6434 ext 226.

The Somerset West Community Health Centre is looking for volunteers to assist with the transfer of paper client charts into electronic health records. The ideal candidates will have a strong knowledge of various medical terminologies, are comfortable with medical software, are detail oriented, can observe confidentiality and available during the day. A Police Check is required. For more information please contact Rosemary Jones at rjones@swchc.on.ca

Attention Early Birds!

The Ottawa Airport is currently recruiting volunteers who are available for a 7 am shift. Our Infoguide volunteers greet visitors, assist with way finding, provide tourism information and answer questions.  Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, fully bilingual in English and French, available for an on-going commitment and complete 6 hours of work per month. Parking, training and continuous support are provided. For more information, contact Meredith Savka at 613-248-2000 ext 1058.

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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