Volunteer Roundup

School’s out, your time is all yours until September. How about sharing some of  those hours as a volunteer? We have the place if you have the time. Call Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way, at 613-736-5270 or www.volunteerottawa.ca.

Keeping track:
Computers for Communities is looking for volunteers to coordinate expansion of its refurbishment program. The volunteer would organize donations, pickups and drop-offs, maintain a spreadsheet of volunteer work status, and work with the inventory manager and a network of volunteers. The inventory manager is also a volunteer, and has skills in sorting, cataloguing and tracking the computers in and out of storage. Both positions ask a commitment of six months to a year. Contact Dave Sampson at 613-883-6758 or at Computers.communities@gmail.com

One for the books:
Venta Preparatory School in Carp is looking for a few good people. First, they need an experienced bookkeeper/accountant to manage and report on financial data; this requires a day or two per week at the school. There is no public transportation to the venue. They also need three new Board members, versed in HR management, Board governance and strategic planning. Deadline for board applications is July 20. Call Marilyn Mansfield at 613-839-2175 ext 0 or email mansfield@ventaprep.com.

Self-starters:
Transport Action Canada is a national association that seeks to improve the quality of life for Canadians through sound transportation policies, practices and services. They’re looking for a core group of volunteers to help meet these goals — people with skill and/or experience in membership coordination; an office manager; an auditor; a newsletter and hotline editor; and a librarian are all on the wish list. All of these positions have built-in opportunities for innovation and initiative. Call David Jeanes or Bert Titcomb t 613-594-3290.

Cruising down the river:
For the week beginning July 3, the Ottawa Riverkeeper will travel the river with a team of photographers, students, naturalists and historians, monitoring water quality and interviewing people who depend on the Ottawa River. They need a French-speaking volunteer to speak to community groups and individuals, and francophone media about the trip. All this and the fun of camping and paddling! Application deadline is June 14. Call Sabrina Bowman a 613-321-1120.

All about Alzheimer’s:
Are you a retired or part-time teacher? The Alzheimer Society is looking for people like you to commit 15 hours during the school year, providing information on the disease and its impact on families. The curricula cover all levels from Primary to Grade 12, and instructional materials include printed material as well as a flash drive with Power Point presentations. Call Harvey Pritchett at 613-523-4004 ext 130.

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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