Volunteer Roundup!

March Break is nearly here – a perfect chance to rack up lots of Community Service hours. We know who has time for you to fill. Call Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way, at 613-736-5270 or visit www.volunteerottawa.ca.

Food fair fundraiser:
International Charity for Africa (IC Africa) works to prevent extreme poverty in Africa through supporting the creation and growth of jobs for impoverished adults and youth. They’re planning a food and arts fair in the summer and a wine and cheese event at the end of April and they’re looking for volunteers to design and produce promotional material, to enlist corporate sponsors, and to plan and organize the event. Call Eugene Nzeribe at 613-371-9800.

Everyone counts:
The Centretown Community Health Centre has services for everyone and many need volunteers. The Women of All Cultures drop-in program needs women volunteers who are proficient in other languages, especially Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese), Arabic, Somali and Karen. (Program runs Wednesday late afternoons from April to the end of May). Both this position and the Seniors Tea Program (one Monday a month) need people who can prepare and serve snacks and beverages, and help with set up/clean up. Young parents need a volunteer in the well-baby and breastfeeding support program. The Good Food needs box packers, once a month on Tuesday. Want to get your 40 hours and volunteer with kids and families this summer? Check out our Summer Parks and Family Outings programs! Call Janis Dahl at 613-233-2317 ext. 2510.

Quilting time:
Victoria’s Quilts provides warmth and comfort for cancer patients, and fellowship and sharing their craft for volunteer quilters. Volunteers can meet other quilters in a monthly gathering to do everything from cutting kits to washing the finished product, to helping with fundraising and helping set up and take down show-and-tell sessions. Call Betty Griffin at 613-843-9212.

Fight back!:
The Canadian Cancer Society Ottawa Unit is looking for dedicated and dynamic individuals to join our steering committee(s) to assist with the planning and organization of the 2011 Relay For Life events in Ottawa East, Ottawa West and Ottawa Centre. Event planning experience is an asset. Contact Laura Lafantaisie at 613-723-1744, ext. 3623, or llafantaisie@ontario.cancer.ca.

Theatre on wheels:
The Otesha Project educates people on environmental and social justice issues through performing plays — they tour on bicycles and are gearing up for the 2011 season. This summer 15 to 20 inspiring people will come together to bike and taste their way across the landscape of Ottawa’s food systems. Meet local producers, pitch in on farms, connect with food-oriented organizations and cook up a storm. Youth and adult applicants will be considered. It’s a national, youth-run charitable organization that has reached over 115,000 Canadians through theatre presentations and workshops that inspire youth to re-evaluate their daily consumer choices to reflect the kind of world they want to live in. We look forward to hearing about what you envision for a better world. Contact Katrina Siks 613-237-6065.

Calling all youths:
Volunteer Ottawa is looking for some keen young people to help lead this year’s youth advisory team for the Change the World Challenge! We’d like for you to come out, discuss, and help plan activities for volunteer week that you find meaningful and fun. We’ll start holding sessions in a couple of weeks, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to make a difference in the community. Leave a message for Tom at (613) 736-5266 ext. 419.

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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