Volunteer Roundup!

The end of summer is in sight, but there are still opportunities for volunteers in gardens, camps and festivals. Call Volunteer Ottawa, at 613-736-5270 or visit www.volunteerottawa.ca to find your place in the sun.

Let it shine: Lumière Festival
One of Ottawa’s last festivals of the summer begins Aug. 20, for one day only. But there’s lots of activities for everyone beforehand. And they need volunteers for Lumiere, to set up, meet and greet, participate in lantern-making workshops and generally make things run smoothly. Come by yourself or with family and friends. Call Wendy Lee at 613-745-2742.

Information night:
Volunteering at a hospice is a satisfying experience for both the volunteer and the client. Friends of Hospice Ottawa are presenting an information night from 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 18 to answer questions about what you can do and how you can be of the greatest assistance. Call Diane Jodouin at 613-591-6002 ext 25.

Camp recruiting:
Why not use your extra time to make a change in the life of a child living in poverty? Christie Lake Kids needs volunteers in order to offer free programming to kids who really need it. We are recruiting for September 2011 in the following programs; skating, hockey, swimming, pottery, cooking, yoga, art and tutoring. Please contact Rhonda Farago at Christie Lake Kids office 613-742-6922 x224 and send in your résumé to rfarago@christielakekids.com

Food, glorious food:
The Canadian Organic Growers Ottawa Chapter is looking for someone to coordinate the food activities for Organic Week Oct. 15 to 22, with the backing of other volunteers who will write promotional material, and liaise with community groups and sponsors. And if it’s more convenient for you, you can do it all from home. Send a letter to organicweek@cog.ca with your resume and times available. Or call the Organic Week Co-ordinator at 613-261-0741.

Web team:
Family Services of Ottawa’s Ottawa High Conflict Forum has worked for three years with service providers sharing the issues involving their interaction with families dealing with separation and divorce. Now they need to build a team of bilingual and graphic designers to create, maintain and update their website. Hours are flexible, depending on the volunteers’ schedule and the agency’s needs. This is a suitable opportunity for volunteers with a disability. Call Nasim Abdillhi at 613-725-3601.

Growing in a variety of ways:
Ecology Ottawa offers people passionate about the environment lots of ways to get involved. Staff one of their booths at an event or festival; lots of shifts and locations available. Like to work behind the scenes? Help plan and organize the Annual Dinner, a major fundraising event to be held Thursday, Nov. 10 or pitch in on the day of the event. If research is more your thing, contribute your research and writing skills to the Promising Practices project, to tell good news stories about energy efficiency and renewable energy. Contact Ecology Ottawa at 613-860-5353 for more information.

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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