Volunteer Round Up!

Time to get serious about summer! There are festivals and fundraisers looking for helping hands, regular volunteers looking for holiday replacements and someone somewhere looking for you. Call Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way, at 613-736-5270 or visit www.volunteerottawa.ca to find out where you’re needed.

Keeping track:
Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa get a lot of Group of studentsdonations during the year – these include gently used sports equipment, tickets to community events and other items that clients and families can use and enjoy. The agency is looking for someone to manage the donations. This volunteer would create electronic messages to inform clients of opportunities, maintain a database of gifts received and distributed and ensure transfer of the tickets or gear to the agency’s office. Bilingualism, a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle are desirable but not essential. Call Angela Begin at 613-247-4776 ext. 306.

Three for the show:
Music for Life fundraising concerts produce and present events with local and regional talent in intimate venues and they’re looking for three bilingual volunteers to make it happen. The volunteer co-ordinator and his/ her two volunteer assistants work as a team, handling applications, maintaining records, liaising between applicants and the relevant team, contacting new volunteer applicants and reporting to board meetings. Contact volunteer@musicforlifeconcerts.org or Kimberley McIntyre at 613-852-5668.

Body and soul:
Gracefield Christian Camp and Retreat Centre provides a setting for spiritual discovery and renewal in a supportive community. They’re looking for members to serve on their fund development and communications committee to develop an annual plan in these areas and advise the executive director on initiatives and activities. This involves participation in regular meetings and the organization’s annual fundraiser. Gracefield also needs volunteer help with property maintenance, nature and outdoor education, and office assistance. Call Relena Lyddon Myers at 819-463-2465.

Something for everyone:
One board member and tutors in the south end. ELTOC is a non-profit organization that provides one-on-one tutoring in the homes of students who cannot attend regular English classes. We are currently looking for a board member, preferably someone with a background or knowledge in law, who would officially begin after our annual general meeting in September. Also, there is a shortage of tutors in the south end of the city. If interested, please call Jeff at 613-232-8566. Also visit our website at http://www.eltoc.ca.

All about swans:
The Ottawa Swans Australian Football Club is looking for a team player to recruit and assign about 50 volunteers and be the voice of the club in Ottawa. You don’t need to know the rules of Australian Football but you do need to be able to pass on information about the club, its games and other events. Call Alp Oran at 613-236-1704.

Interpreter wanted:
Do you speak Karen as well as English? If the answer is yes, the Centretown Community Health Centre would like to hear from you, to fill a need for a Karen Cultural Interpreter at groups meeting throughout the year, particularly Women of All Cultures. Call Janis Dahl at 613-233-4443 ext. 2510.

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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