Volunteer Roundup!

Spring has sprung! It’s time to spring into volunteering. You’ll find lots of great opportunities at Volunteer Ottawa, an organization supported by the United Way. Visit www.volunteerottawa.ca or call 613-736-5270.

Adding up:
CARE Canada has an International Operations office in Ottawa that helps with financial operations in the agency’s Country Offices. A volunteer is needed for about 10 hours a week to help with billings, intercompany reconciliation, preparing reports and year-end working papers for the annual audit, and providing ad hoc analysis/reports. French and/or Spanish language skills are an asset; higher education in accounting or finance and experience with NGOs are essential. An IT-savvy corporate services volunteer is also needed to assist the IT Team with the completion of the Asset Management Project. Duties include compiling information regarding CARE Canada’s assets, entering data and affixing inventory tags. Experience with MS Office applications is needed. Contact www.careersunited.org.

REACHing out:
REACH Canada has provided legal referrals and community education concerning disability and human rights issues for 30 years. One of their major fundraisers is the Minto Run for REACH, taking place on April 10. They need your help preparing race kits, handling registration, finish line management and doing whatever needs to be done to make the event a huge success, on April 8, 9, and 10th. Call Jenn at 613-236-6636.

Urgent:
Help the Ottawa Food Bank prepare for their annual tenantlandlord food drive. Volunteers are needed from Monday, March 28, to Thursday, March 31, to deliver boxes and materials across the city. Morning and afternoon shifts are available. All volunteers will meet at the Ottawa Food Bank, 1317 Michael St. Drivers and helpers are needed to pick up/drop off materials or boxes in preparation for next month’s food drive event. Vehicles provided (Class G License required) or drive your own vehicle. Both drivers and assistants should be able to lift 20 lbs. Retired? Volunteer with a friend! Call Jo-Anne Turple-Watson at 613-745-7001.

Flower Power:
The Canadian Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil campaign is in full bloom. Money raised goes to support research and programs to assist those living with cancer and their families. Volunteers are needed to sell Daffodil pins during the weekend of April 1 to 3 in various locations throughout Ottawa. Volunteers are asked to make a three-hour commitment. Invite a friend to volunteer, too! Contact Ashley at 613-723-1744 ext. 3618 or at amaccormack@ontario. cancer.ca.

Variety of volunteers:
St. Patrick’s Home provides a variety of activities and support services to its residents. Like conversation? Paddy’s Pub needs 3 SmartServe trained Bar Tenders (Wednesdays) from 1 to 4 p.m. Like helping folks get around? Mass escorts are needed to porter residents to and from chapel. Or, be one of four medical escorts accompanying residents on Para Transpo to their doctors’ appointments. Musically-inclined? Musicians are needed to provide complimentary music on Mondays from 1: 30 to 2: 30 p.m. Like serving customers? The Second Round Clothing Shop needs a volunteer on Fridays to help residents shop. Contact Kathy Thompson at 6137310094 ext. 235.

Sharing our heritage:
The Pinhey’s Point Historic Site offers a unique way to experience Ottawa’s history through its seasonal programs. They are getting ready for the busy spring and summer seasons. Docents assist with interpretive tours. Programming volunteers help during all activities, (especially children’s activities). Volunteers are also needed to help with other activities. Public transit is not available to the site, so you’ll need your own transportation. Contact Daniele Hamonic at 613-580-2424 ext. 19042.

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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