Volunteer RoundUp!

Thinking about community service hours for this school year? You should pick a volunteer spot now, before the best ones are taken. Call Volunteer Ottawa at 613-736-5270 or visit www.volunterottawa.ca.

Green thumbs:
Innovative Community Support Services operates 10 group homes in the east end of Ottawa, serving adults with developmental disabilities and/or mental illness. They want to turn one of these sites into a functioning farm with greenhouse and animals. The greenhouse structure is in place, awaiting volunteers to build planter boxes and fill them with vegetables to supply their residents and food banks with organic produce. The next project will be building a barn and procuring animals – again with volunteer involvement. Call Gayle Cameron at 613-824-9424 ext 224 for more information.

The subject is Somalia:
ChildrenCansoma is an Ottawa-based agency that supports community development in Somalia, dealing with the causes of poverty. They’re looking for a person to direct their education projects. This involves co-ordinating projects, contacting future partners and interacting with other local volunteers. Besides attending monthly meetings, the volunteer should expect to spend up to three hours a week on his/her responsibilities. Call Adam Bishow at 613-247-163 or send resume to info@ cansoma.ca

Give the gift of friendship!
Canadian National Institute for the Blind(CNIB) is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to provide regular social interaction and companionship to people who are blind or partially sighted in Ottawa and East Region Ontario. As a Vision Mate, you provide sighted assistance with reading, errands (grocery and other shopping), leisure activities (theatre, concerts, baseball games,) recreational activities (the gym, walking, swimming or gardening). Contact Perpetua Quigley at 613-563-4021×5002 or perpetua. quigley@cnib.ca Visit http://www.cnib.ca today!

Do you speak Ukrainian?
If the answer is “yes” then a resident of Grace Manor is waiting for a visit from you. You can visit during the day or early evening, a couple times a week as your schedule dictates. Grace Manor is accessible to persons with a disability, and young adults are welcome. Call Azra Temple at 613-722-8025 ext 135.

To market, to market:
From 9.15 a.m. to 2.15 p.m. and from 10.15 a.m. to 1.15 p.m. Thursdays, The Good Companions provides a bus and grocery shopping service for clients. Volunteers help with picking up participants and taking them home, and in the store finding items, reading signs and labels, helping with heavy or bulky goods. You can choose the earlier shift on the bus, or the 10.15 slot in the store. Call Nicole Chouinard at 613-236-0428 ext 230.

Get On Board:
Are you passionate about the performing arts and arts education? The Ottawa School of Speech and Drama (OSSD) needs board members. Knowledge of, and experience in, performing arts, not-for-profit/charities sector, fundraising marketing media, legal, finance and governance are most welcome. The board meets 6-12 times per year, is extremely active in fundraising and promoting the importance of the performing arts for all. Contact Leah Jones 613-567-6788 ext 0 or Info@ossd.com.

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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