Volunteer Roundup!

It’s officially summer! So it’s just two months until we all go back to school, to work, to normal. That’s two months of fair weather for volunteering. Call Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way, at 613-736-5270 or http://www.volunteerottawa.ca for your place in the sun.

Looking good:

The AIDS Committee of Ottawa understands that appearance and well-being go hand-in-hand, so they provide free monthly haircuts to their clients. If you’re a professional barber/stylist, with a few hours to spare once a month, they’ll provide the clients. Call Camille Arkell at 613-238-5014 ext. 228.

Some heavy lifting:

You can expect things to be somewhat physical when you’re a volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary. For instance, they need a volunteer driver to pick up and deliver supplies and/or wildlife in Ottawa and transport them to North Gower. If you’re a handyperson, they could use your skills building and repairing enclosures and nesting boxes. You can do some of the construction at home, but the body of the work is on-site in North Gower. Hours are flexible, most work is outdoors and general carpentry skills are needed. Call Linda Laurus at 613-258-9480.

Torchlight Shakespeare

Fooling around:

It’s time for Shakespeare in the Park again, and the Company of Fools is looking for volunteers from July 4 to Aug. 6. Pick a park near you (look at volunteers@fools.ca) and prepare for an evening of fun, setting up and taking down the set, greeting audiences and handing out programs, selling merchandise – and you get a free T-shirt. Call Bridget Grounds at 613-237-8398.

Over easy:

It’s the mayor’s Canada Day Breakfast for and with seniors and they’re counting on volunteers to make it happen. You can serve, set and clear tables, socialize with the guests and tidy up afterwards. There’s a setup session June 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Aberdeen Pavilion, at Lansdowne Park and the breakfast itself from 6: 30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. Call Kimberley Uhrich at 613-580-2424 ext. 15846.

Colonel By Day:

It’s Monday Aug. 1, all day at the locks at the Bytown Museum (between Parliament Hill and the Château Laurier) and it’s jam-packed with activities for all ages. That includes volunteers to do the magic – co-ordinating other volunteers, replacing other volunteers while they take a break, helping with the Corn Husk Doll table and other kids’ activities, surveying visitors, taking photos, technical stage production and, of course, setting up and tearing down. Bring your friends! Call Margaret Waddell at 613-562-0405.

How does your garden grow?:

At the Canada Agriculture Museum, it grows with the loving care of volunteers. If you can spare a couple of hours a week from July to October, they have two openings in the Energy Park, tending a garden of plants used to produce biofuels. Call Cedric St-Amour at 613-991-6091

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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