Volunteer RoundUp!

Nearly exam time -still looking for Community Service hours? There’s no shortage of volunteer opportunities this month. Find yours at Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way. Call 613-736-5270 or visit www.volunteerottawa.ca.

Food for thought:
The OverbrookForbes Community Resource Centre needs assistance from volunteers by providing emergency food. The food bank is open on Wednesdays and Fridays. Distributors are needed to give food to those in need. Food sorters and packers sort donations and prepare the bags of food, and must be available on Wednesdays from 9: 30 to 11: 30 a.m. Training is provided. Contact Michelle Ruel at 613-745-0073 ext. 108.

Easing access:
The Nepean Museum has a task that requires three hours a week for 18 weeks from volunteers who are big on accuracy and familiar with MS Excel. The assignment is to transfer data about the artifacts from hard copy to electronic spread sheets, to improve access to the collections. The museum will provide orientation and training. Call Andrea Raymond at 613-723-7936.

Are you available Monday and Friday mornings? Can you greet callers (in person or on the phone) with information and referrals to appropriate staff people? Are you comparably unflappable -this is a busy fast-paced agency dealing with vulnerable youth. The agency is Operation Come Home and the volunteer position is receptionist. This venue is accessible to persons with a disability. Call Natalie Elliott at 613-230-4663.

Keeping the faith:
Tamir provides services in a Jewish environment for adults with a developmental challenge. If you have a background in Judaic traditions and customs, they would welcome your volunteer service with holiday celebrations, teaching outreach studies, being a shul buddy, leading a Shabbat dinner or helping with Judaic arts and crafts. Time requirements are variable -a couple times a week in the office, once a month at a program or once a year at a special event. This venue is accessible to persons with challenged mobility. Call Adele Horwitz at 613-592-8365.

Home help:
On Sept. 2 and 3, 3,000 students will take up residence at the University of Ottawa. Many of them will be seeing the campus for the first time, so the university is mobilizing an army of volunteers to help with everything from traffic management and providing directions to unloading and moving belongings. It’s a busy day, a lot of fun and a chance to get to know our university better. You’ll get a certificate, gifts, refreshments and a T-shirt. Both English and French languages are used, and you should be prepared to help with lifting. Family and affinity groups are welcome. Call Monique Boucher at 613-562-5800 ext. 3165.

On Sunday, May 29, Mothercraft Ottawa will host its annual Touch-A-Truck fundraising event at the Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre bringing families together to get up close to the big rigs. Lots of volunteers are needed; setup and teardown before and after the event, parking lot crew to direct trucks to their locations, attendants to help manage lineups and help kids on and off the trucks. Volunteers are also needed to hand out passports, handle cash, sell refreshments, help at the gates, assist with arts and crafts, promote Mothercraft Ottawa, manage Family Rooms and provide support to the truck drivers and the public. Lunch is provided to all volunteers who begin their shifts by 9 a.m. Contact Sarah Ginther 613-728-1839 ext. 500.
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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