Volunteer Round Up!

Bored yet? Find something new and different in a volunteer opportunity – indoors, outdoors, alone or in a group. Call Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way. We’re at 613-736-5270 and www.volunteerottawa.ca.

Celebrating our World Heritage:Rideau Canal
The Rideau Canal Festival takes place from Thursday, July 28 to Monday, Aug. 1 at Confederation Park and the Bytown Museum/Ottawa Locks. They need volunteers to help with some of the ongoing activities that make this festival a success! On-site assistants and people to staff the information kiosk are still required. Flexible day and evening shifts of about four to six hours are available. Perfect for high school students and those who are interested in Ottawa’s rich heritage. Contact Jeff Wood at 613-688-5942.

Yetu means “Ours”:
Congo Yetu Initiative is an organization of volunteers in Ottawa and the Democratic Republic of Congo to provide aid and support to women and children victims of war in the Congo and to develop gender equality and advocate for victims of rape and discrimination. They need someone with strong administrative skills to help keep track of all they do. They also need a fundraising coordinator, a public relations/outreach co-ordinator and someone to help co-ordinate the volunteers. They are committed to ending the violence against women and children and meeting the life cycle needs of their clients. Call Desire Kilolwa at 613-241-0461 or contact icongoyetu@yahoo.fr.

Before, after and during:
That’s when they need volunteers to help with the RONA MS Bike Tour from Aug. 2 to 8. Over 600 cyclists will be taking part in the tour from Ottawa to Kemptville and back and volunteers will back them every inch of the way with information, registration, bike storage, accommodation, food services, entertainment, garbage patrol and cleanup, parking, silent auction and volunteer coordination. Whether you join a cheering section or travel along with a troubleshooter, there’s something for you to do. Call Nadene at 613-728-1583 ext. 228.

Giving a hand:
CHEO needs adults to round out its cadre of volunteers. They greet and direct visitors to the information desk and the emergency department. They escort parents of children undergoing day surgery and provide play opportunities or children in the area. They read and play with children and families. They run the coffee cart and provide office help in the clinics and assist with spiritual and bereavement support. Language and people skills and a commitment of more than a year are required. The site is accessible to persons with challenged mobility. Call Nanette Labelle at 613-737-2279.

The lunch bunch:
The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre’s Meals on Wheels program is looking for teams to deliver hot lunches to clients in the West Carleton-Goulbourn-Kanata area. The teams are made up of a driver who delivers the food and socializes with the client. Minimum commitment is one day per month for six months to a year. Some lifting and possibly stairs are involved. Some compensation for mileage can be provided. Call Laine Johnson at 613-591-3686 ext. 280.

Summer in the City!
Summer in the City is an exciting day camp for adults with a disability offered by Jack Purcell Community Centre. The program meets participants at different locations and venues throughout the city on a daily basis. Wednesdays are our special event or bus trip days. Summer in the City has many rewarding volunteer opportunities available for the summer. We offer full training, new experiences and lots of fun in an active day camp setting. Call Kathryn Watcham at 613-564-4106.

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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