Volunteer Roundup!

Does your New Year’s resolution include volunteering? If so, you’ll find a variety of volunteer opportunities at Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way, Call 613-736-5270 or visit www.volunteerottawa.ca.

Mending and mashing:
Extendicare Starwood does many varied things with its residents, which means they need volunteers with varied skills. One program needs a couple of volunteers to join two residents operating a can crusher on a weekly basis. The other pressing need is for a seamstress to perform small clothing operations and such upkeep as replacing buttons. The home provides the sewing machine. Call Cindy McNabb at 613-224-4915 ext. 206.

Woman power and web Design:
CARE Canada will launch a fundraising campaign to support the empowerment of women and girls in the worldwide fight against poverty. They need volunteers with interests or experience in fundraising and communications to make solicitation calls to interested parties, with followup e-mails. Microsoft Word and Excel programs are used, and French language skills are an asset. Also needed is a dynamic and motivated volunteer to assist the digital team with web design and development projects. Expertise in HTML , CSS and knowledge of JavaScript, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash needed. Contact http://www.care.caor http://www.careersunited.ca.

The spirit of Volunteering:
St. Patrick’s Home provides both physical and spiritual care to its residents. Pastoral/palliative care volunteers are needed once or twice a week to provide emotional and spiritual support to residents and families through active listening, quiet presence and prayer when appropriate. A sacristan is needed to prepare the in-house chapel for the Wednesday religious service (9 a.m. to noon). Wheelchair porters are needed to help people get to and from services. Also needed are people to assist the recreologist with planned activities on Thursday and/ or Friday evenings. Contact Suzanne Jeansonne at 613-731-0094 ext. 235.

Let there be music:
Options Bytown provides permanent housing and social supports to people with a history of homelessness and other challenges. They need volunteers with musical talent to entertain their tenants at their communal Christmas dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. If you’ve got talent to share, contact Lorraine Bentley at 613-241-6363 ext. 223.

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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