It’s the season of giving, but volunteers give of their time all year round. 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.
Roger’s House is starting now to recruit and orient volunteers 18 years and older for summer programs with its residents — children with life-limiting illnesses. The tasks are assisting with the care, supervision and entertaining of the children, and the commitment is for a weekly shift from May 30 to Sept. 2, 2011. Volunteer information sessions will be Jan. 20 and March 31. Register with Lise Beauchemin at 613-523-6300, ext. 605 or email@example.com.
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 are available during the day. A police check is required. For more information please contact Rosemary Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The lunch bunch:
Meals on Wheels brings more than food to its clients. The volunteers also provide friendly visiting and a safety/security check. The service is rendered by teams of two, a driver with his/her own vehicle, and a server. Training is provided. Call Terry Moxness at 613-233-2424.
The Vanier Museopark is a community leader and partner dedicated to research, preservation, conservation and public programming of the past, present and future history of the Vanier area and its people. Volunteers are needed to clean the museum, paint the walls, dust the air vents and duct work. Volunteers may be required to use a step ladder. Great for a team of volunteers! Contact Rachelle Piard at 613-580-2424, ext. 32001.
Just like home:
Abbeyfield House and its residents face all the tasks and housekeeping duties any home does. This includes shopping for food and other incidentals. The requirements are a couple of hours midweek, and the use of a car. Another housekeeping position exists for a volunteer on the house management committee, helping with such duties as assisting the cook, planning menus and helping with special events. Call Hema Karia at 613-798-5628.
Ribbons and wraps:
The Ottawa Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OCAPDD) is looking for help with gift wrapping at two locations, Carlingwood Mall and St. Laurent Shopping Centre, from now until Christmas Eve. Both day and evening shifts are available, and all materials are provided — except the talent. Call Debbie Blasutti at 613-569-8993, ext. 243.
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