National Volunteer Week ends today, but the need for volunteer services knows no let-up. Join the thousands of volunteers donating time and services to millions in their communities. In Ottawa, all it takes is a call to Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way, at 613-736-5270 and www.volunteerottawa.ca.
Different ways to contribute:
The Christmas Exchange does a lot to provide for those in need, including a new School Supplies Assistance Program. They need volunteers to help sell WestJet raffle tickets at community kiosks in shopping centres throughout Ottawa from April until August. Two volunteers are required per shift -volunteer with a friend. Most shifts are two hours and there are plenty of times and dates available. You must be 18 years of age or older. Call Sui-Ling Leung 613-226-6434 ext. 226. or fundraising@christmas-exchange. com.
A day in May:
The 15th -that’s when the MS Society is holding its annual fundraising walk at Tunney’s Pasture. The day begins at 6.30 a.m. with breakfast, prepared and set out by volunteers, with more volunteers checking in runners from 7: 30 a.m. on, collecting pledges and handing out T-shirts. Other volunteers will handle two checkpoints, handing out drinks, snacks and information, and someone else will be inflating helium balloons throughout the event. If you’re over 18, you’re needed to direct traffic and police the barricades. They’ll provide an orange safety vest. For a volunteer form and more information, go to http: //www.mssociety.ca/ottawa/ mswalk.
Arthritis strikes regardless of age. On Sunday, May 15, the Arthritis Society hosts the Walk to Fight Arthritis at City Hall. Registration volunteers will collect and verify pledge forms, ensure waivers are signed and issue incentive prizes (pre-event training provided). Entertainers, face painters, crowd control volunteers, food servers, setup/teardown crews, water station volunteers and floaters are all needed. Contact Melissa Cormier 613-723-1083 ext. 5161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wanted on board:
Christie Lake Kids is more than just camping experiences. It’s a yearlong program of planning and development by a volunteer board of directors. The organization is looking for a member certified in Human Resources to lend support in revising their personnel policies and procedures manual. Your contribution will be recognized, as well as a mention in the website and newsletter. Call Carole Gagne Ince at 613-742-6922 ext. 222.
Loud and proud:
Capital Pride Festival runs from Aug. 19 to 28, with pre-festival activities already underway. Events are headlined with the annual parade and a community fair on the grounds of Ottawa City Hall with over 7,000 participants including community information kiosks, live entertainment, kids activities, and more. Whatever your volunteer interests, with 10 days full of activities, you’ll find something that suits. Call Kathy Yearwood at 613-761-8366.
Part of the Tulip Festival is a Mascot Parade on Saturday, May 7, and the Responsible Dog Owners of Canada are entering their mascot, a yellow dog named Fido, portrayed by a volunteer. Fido will walk in the parade and interact with children on the route (we don’t know if he’ll be asked to speak). Call Candice O’Connell at 613-228-7764.
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