Volunteer RoundUp!

Kindness Week 2011 may have come and gone, but kindness can be shown all year round through volunteering. Find all kinds of opportunities at Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way. Call 613-736-5270 or visit www.volunteerottawa.ca.

Rebuilding:
The Congo Yetu Initiative is an international organization committed to creating opportunities for women and child victims of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Ottawa component is looking for people to help with fundraising, organization, public education, research and recruitment of volunteers and members. Call Desire Kilolwa, 613-421-0461.

Translation, please:
The Friends of the Central Experimental Farm needs two volunteers to do English to-French/French-to-English translation. You’ll be required to translate letters, forms, etc. Work would be done from home. If you have experience in doing translation, they would be pleased to hear from you. Contact Donna Pape, 613-230-3276.

Driven to volunteer:
The Ottawa Food Bank fights community hunger by providing assistance to our drivers as they deliver food to our community agencies across Ottawa. We are looking for a commitment of one weekday morning shift from 9 a.m. to noon for a total of three hours per week. Volunteers must be able to lift a minimum of 30 lbs. Contact Joanne at joanne@theottawafoodbank.ca or 613-745-7001, ext. 120.

Great opportunity:
The Trade Facilitation Office of Canada has a perfect opportunity for those who want to develop skills and make a contribution through relevant office, research and project management experience. A part-time junior project officer is needed to work with our team to assist with the execution of projects within TFO Canada’s current trade capacity building program. Responsibilities include following up contacts, gathering information using Survey Monkey, updating website content and our database of importers/ subscribers. Also looking for a business-related degree or diploma (in progress or completed), good English communication skills; preferably a second language (French or Spanish), good computer applications skills, (Microsoft Word, Excel Outlook and PowerPoint). Contact Danielle Mulligan, 613-233-3925, ext. 23.

Teen input:
The Orléans branch of the Ottawa Public Library is creating a teen advisory group to create and participate in library and community programs, assist with organizing and promoting teen programs, recommend books and magazines, etc., for teens. Write reviews of teen materials, help design teen zones and more as driven by the students themselves. Teens must be 14 to 17 years old (to receive credit for high school community involvement hours; members must already be in Grade 9). The group will meet monthly from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays, March 3, March 31, April 28, and May 26. Contact Sylvie Perfetti at 613-824-1962, ext. 229.

Happy hour help:
The Glebe Centre provides full-time care to residents, as well as providing activities and programming in an integrated community setting, and volunteers help to make this happen. Volunteers are needed to organize happy hour, which runs six days a week from 3 to 4 p.m. You’ll be serving alcohol, interacting with residents and keeping track of the money -SmartServe training provided. Or, if you’d like to organize a craft group, you could lead participants to make crafts to be sold at Glebe Centre’s fundraising events. Contact Lonelle Butler at 613-238-2727, ext. 535.

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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