A new year means new programs and new needs for volunteers. If numbers are your thing, there’s an increasing call for tax clinic helpers. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll probably find it at Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way. Call 613-736-5270 or visit http://www.volunteerottawa.ca.
Taxes and tutors:
Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre is looking for people with a flair for figures to help clients with income tax forms at clinics on Thursdays from 6 to 8.30 p.m. Skill in any second language would be an asset and volunteers will attend training sessions. If you prefer working with young people, volunteer tutors are being sought for the homework club Monday to Thursday evenings until June. Call Mariana Rodriguez at 613-820-4922 ext. 458.
En francais SVP:
Entraide budgetaire is holding income tax clinics for francophone clients, including those who have some catching up to do. Requirements are French language capability, experience in filing returns with software, and availability one half-day or one evening per week. Call Maira Martin at 613-746-0400.
Another income tax clinic for another community — Banff Avenue Community House is looking for volunteers to help residents in the Banff-Ledbury area. Clinics will be held in late February/early March, during the day and Thursday evenings. Call Sylvie Manser at 613-739-5702.
Whatever is needed:
Centre 454 is a drop-in centre in the ByWard Market area that provides for needy and vulnerable individuals in the neighbourhood. The centre provides laundry facilities, snacks and beverages, and opportunities for recreation and socializing with the assistance of volunteers. Services are available every day, including weekends and the whole thing is organized by a receptionist/office assistant. Whatever you have to share, be it cooking, crafts or conversation, it’ll be welcome. Bilingualism would be an asset. Call Elizabeth Tyrwhitt at 613-688-3322.
The Ottawa Humane Society invites you and your companion animals to join their Brightening Lives program. All you need is a suitable pet, access to a vehicle and a couple of free hours a week from September to May. You and your animal friend will visit hospitals, long-term care facilities and retirement homes. The clients enjoy the animals, the animals enjoy the special attention and you’ll enjoy chatting about pets with the clients. Call Keri Abella at 613-725-3166 ext. 231.
Volunteer Canada is in the midst of an intense membership drive, and in the midst of a search for office assistance. Duties include mailing membership kits and receipts and stuffing envelopes, in the downtown office during regular working hours. Call Chantale Bessette at 613-231-4371, ext. 298, if you are interested in helping out.
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