Volunteer Roundup!

Family Day, Winterlude, Study Week, Kindness Week – February is filled with special times. And some of the events involved require volunteers. Find out where you’re needed by calling Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way. Call 613-736-5270 or www.volunteerottawa.ca.

All “kinds” of opportunities:
Kindness Week takes place in Ottawa from Feb. 18 to 25. The United Way Ottawa needs volunteers to help with various activities, including painting, serving food, sorting donations, interacting with seniors and much, much more! Volunteer as an individual, group or family. Contact Katrina Charnley at 613-228-6740 or visit www.kindottawa.ca

Happy birthday!:
Here’s an opportunity for a volunteer with limited time and a telephone. Good Companions is seeking a person to call members on their birthdays and invite them to the monthly birthday party. There are usually between five and 10 calls a month and each one takes just a few minutes. Call Nicole Chouinard at 613-236-0428 ext. 230.

Paying attention:
Donors at Canadian Blood Services clinics are often apprehensive and unsure about the procedure. Volunteers fill a need by welcoming and thanking donors, keeping an eye on them, reinforcing after-care instructions and taking care of refreshments. Requirement is for one four-hour shift a week. Wear comfortable shoes and a smile. Call Andrew Jordon at 613-560-7239.

Fair set for summer:
Bytown Brigantine Inc. is dedicated to building leadership qualities in youth through tall ship sail training. But first, they have to get the vessels ready and keep the organization shipshape. If your tastes run more to books than brigs, the library committee needs someone to catalogue, analyse, organize and maintain stock and records, and members for a team to update items in the chart collection log. For the hands-on people, there’s shop maintenance and preparing the ships for sailing season. Recruitment sessions are the last Sunday of the month. Call Jason McNaught at 613-596-6258.

Hitting the road:
Harmer House provides both long-term residential care and outreach programs for its clients. As a service for its outreach activity participants in the day program, a van is provided to transport them from home to the activity and then back home again. The driver of the van is a volunteer with has a clean, valid G license. Morning drivers are needed between 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.; the afternoon shift is between 2 to 4 p.m. Call Esther Roberts at 613-726-8882 ext. 222.

Tech tutors:
Ottawa — Volunteers in Education provides help for students, who use learning technology, to bolster their computer skills. The tutors commit to a couple of hours a week during daytime hours and are provided with an online training session to learn more about the various assisting technologies available. Register online at www.ocri.ca/vie/application or call Anne Brouillard at 613-828-6274 ext. 255.

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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