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.


In the swim:

Swimming instructors are required for a weekend swimming program. Sundays 4 to 5 p.m., 5 to 6 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. at the Lowertown Pool at 40 Cobourg St. If you have completed your NLS certification and would like to teach children an important life skill such as water safety, please contact Christie Lake Kids at 613-742-6922 or e-mail us at admin@christielakekids.com


Talking the talk:

The Somali Family Services needs to recruit English-speaking teachers or retired teachers who would tutor newcomers in a class setting called the “chat & social group conversation class.” The program takes place at the Alta Vista library and/or the Heron Seniors Centre and runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m., (days to be announced). Everyone is welcome. Contact Ikram Ahmed at 613-526-2075 ext. 231.


Start your engines:

The Over-brook-Forbes Community Resource Centre is looking for good drivers with some free time on Monday mornings. Using the community centre’s vehicle, volunteer drivers pick up food donations from churches and other organizations for delivery to the resource centre. Some lifting and stairs are involved. Call Michelle Ruel at 613-745-0073 ext. 108.


Busy hands:

There’s always something to do at the Good Companions, and it always involves volunteers. Monday and Thursday afternoons, for example, leaders assist members in knitting and crocheting items for fundraising events, and socializing. Other products are turned out in the wood shop, where the leaders promote safe and efficient use of the equipment, take orders, and prepare for fundraisers and socialize. Shifts are available Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call Tara at 613-236-0428 ext. 230.


Lend an ear:

The Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region is looking for volunteers to staff its crisis lines. Volunteers undergo a training program and are asked to commit to 16 hours service a month for a minimum of a year — 24 shifts of four hours and 12 overnight shifts. Objectivity and good listening skills are essential. Call Arianne Richeson at 613-238-1098 ext. 230.


Al dente:

EAGLE training centre fosters independence and leadership in youth and young adults, through a variety of programs. To fund their work, they present fundraising events like the Spaghetti Cook Off on Jan 20 at Pleasant Park United Church. And they need the usual horde of volunteers to set up, tear down, help with cooking and serving, take tickets and give information. Call Michele Delangis at 613-745-3977 ext. 201.

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! http://www.ottawacitizen.com

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