Volunteer Round Up!

Who says there’s nothing to do in Ottawa? For the next couple of months, there’s a festival or a concert or a day camp or a special event wherever you look. And they all need volunteers. Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way, knows where you’re needed.

Call 613-736-5270 or visit www. volunteerottawa.ca.

People who need people:

The Ottawa Rotary Home provides respite care for clients with physical disabilities of all ages, from children to special-needs adults. If you’re 15 or older, you can join the teams that brighten up weekends and during the summer week for the kids and adults with baking, crafts, games and special events/outings throughout the city. The need for this program is greatest starting at the end of June during our summer programming on Mondays and Fridays. There will be an interview and orientation or successful candidates, and a required police records check. If you are interested, please call Amy MacKay Bank at 613-236-3200.

Driving force:

The Métis Nation is an agency that provides transportation services, aboriginal support, friendly visiting, and counselling and advocacy to persons living with a chronic health issue.

There is a particular need right now for drivers with their own cars to get clients to and from medical appointments. Clients may be either English-or French-speaking and drivers receive a mileage allowance. Call Carmen Pregent at 6137981488.

Needed on board:

For more than 26 years, Project Upstream has provided support and housing to persons living with a mental illness. The agency is governed by a volunteer board with an emphasis on services to youth in the early stages of recovery. Commitment and progressive attitude are more necessary than experience. Call Bo Turpin at 613-248-3330, ext. 127.

Learning to walk:

Walk in the Halls is a Heart Wise program aimed at improving the fitness level of seniors and other adults. Staff from the Nepean Rideau Osgoode Community Resource Centre facilitates the program Tuesday and Thursday evenings, by demonstrating, monitoring and evaluating walkers.

Volunteers -the more, the better -assist staff in this fitness station activity. A commitment of six months to a year is requested. Call Brad Spooner at 613-596-5626, ext. 240.

Dickinson Days:

Dickinson Days is a town-wide celebration in which Watson’s Mill will be participating with trade demonstrations, crafts and costumed interpreters. They need volunteers to help with preparation, greeting our visitors, to supervise our craft and games table, to supervise our book sale, and to be costumed interpreters.

If this is of interest to you, please contact us at 613-694-6455, or watsonsmillmanotick@gmail.com.

Four-legged friends:

Good Dog Rescue is a group of dedicated volunteers whose main mission is to find foster and forever homes for dogs in need. If you have room in your home to foster and can provide love, time and the opportunity to socialize a dog, please contact us at gooddogrescue@live.com or http://www.gooddogrescue.ca/fostering.html

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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