Volunteer Round Up!

Flowers are blooming and the summer shift is looking for volunteer gardeners, camp leaders and Board members. There’s something for you at Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way. We’re at 613-736-5270 and http://www.volunteerottawa.ca.

Indoors and out:
The tenants of Options Bytown acquire and enhance life skills through interest groups facilitated by volunteers. One group tends a garden at the Centretown property with the advice and assistance of a volunteer a couple of hours a week. The sewing club needs some help with mending, knitting and crafts; some members are ready to make clothes for themselves. The sewing volunteers work in pairs Thursday afternoons. Call Lorraine Bentley at 613-241-6363 ext. 223.

Making strides:
That’s what the ALS Society aims to do with its annual fundraising walk to support services and research into the disease, while raising awareness. The Almonte Walk is on Saturday June 11, and they need helpers to find raffle prizes, organize the day and do the busy stuff on the day -set up, tear down, do registration, sell merchandise and tickets and do food services. A good opportunity for youth, individually or in a group. Call Tracey Cummings at 613-820-2267.

Setting goals:
Breast Cancer Action Ottawa needs committed members to sit on its volunteer board, to establish objectives and priorities and create and foster community networks. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month and the Board’s term is two years. Members are expected to serve on committees of interest as well. Call Karen Graszat at 613-736-5921.

Garage sale:
The Great Glebe Green Garage Sale is a tradition in Ottawa, held this year on May 28. Ecology Ottawa is participating. They are looking for volunteers before (May 26 and 27) to pick up and sort donations; during (May 28) to fetch and carry, set up and take down tables, cook and serve barbecue orders, set up and clean up, and do your own shopping. If you help before the sale, you’re allowed to pre-shop. The event is a fundraiser for Ecology Ottawa. This is a terrific opportunity for family and interest groups. Call Hilary Hove at 613-894-7964. And for those seeking a more ongoing commitment, they also need a communications co-ordinator to help co-ordinate the communications department, helping us to promote our image, maintaining our website, using social media, public outreach and some volunteer co-ordination. Contact Jessie Rust-Smith 613-860-5353.

Diverse Women Wanted:
Interval House of Ottawa provides shelter and support for abused women and their children, under the direction of a volunteer board of women. They’re looking for new members with knowledge in finance, fundraising, project management, marketing, etc. A two-year commitment is requested. E-mail a CV and letter of interest to ihouse@bellnet.ca.

Show time:
HelpAge Canada helps seniors improve their quality of life by getting involved in community activity. One program is spect-actular, a participatory theatre group. Join the group as a performer or backstage, or book a free show for your organization in the fall. Call Natalie Fraser-Purdy at 613-614-4212.

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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