Volunteer Roundup!

Let us help you find the right place and time to volunteer. Call Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way, at 613-736-5270 and www.volunteerottawa.ca.

Building Bridges, Building Communities:
The Cultural Interpretation Services for Our Community (CISOC) aims to provide high-quality interpretation, translation, training and language assessment services where needed. They’re looking for a bilingual administrative assistant with good communication and computer skills who can commit 12 hours a week. Call Rania Tabet at 613-237-0502.

Angels in the snow:
On Feb. 21 families will gather on Parliament Hill to create snow angels, one for every Children’s Aid Society child in care and in need of a home. About 40 volunteers are needed from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to assist in teams including a First Aid team and helping with whatever is necessary, whether it’s greeting the angels or providing them with hot chocolate. Call Kim Graveline at 613-747-7800 ext. 2805.

Public services:
The Canadian Red Cross does more than promote water safety. It loans health equipment to persons in need of such devices — wheelchairs, for example — at home. This means an army of volunteers for maintenance, record keeping and pickup/ delivery of the goods. The society uses the services of volunteers to promote its programs and services to the public and to foster and develop a strong youth group. As well as the obvious need for volunteer help, all these services are facilitated and organized by volunteers. Call Paulette or Lana at 613-560-7220.

Best foot forward:
Chance 2 Dance provides after-school dance programs and scholarships for dance education to children at risk. Their major fundraiser is a dance gala on Tuesday, March 29, held with the help of a whole corps of volunteers. Some of the tasks include distribution of posters, seeking out sponsors and silent auction item donors, and the usual setup and teardown, food services and greeting tasks at the event. This would be a fun opportunity for a group of students. Call Janice Crowe at 613-286-4983.

Wishing on a Starlight:
Starlight Children’s Foundation offers support and diversion to seriously ill children and their families through programs in hospitals, schools and homes. The programs are funded by special events, like a 50/50 tickets sale at Senators games and the Walk for Smiles on Saturday, Sept. 24. Volunteers for the 50/50 sales must be 16 or over. Volunteers for the Walk for Smiles should be ready to go immediately, planning, identifying sponsors and donors, organizing volunteers and doing whatever is needed on the day of the walk. These events and all of Starlight’s services and programs are developed and guided by an advisory committee of volunteers. Call Chris Baylis at 613-792-1268.

Get On Board:
The Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre is looking for women to sit on its Board of Directors. We are particularly looking for women with a background in law, policy, finance or accounting. We ask that you attend monthly board meetings and sit on at least one board subcommittee. Send your resume and an indication of your area of interest to Sandy Onyalo at sandyo@magma.ca

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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