Volunteer Roundup!

Hot enough for you? You can cool off volunteering in a hospital, a seniors residence or a health facility where they have A/C to spare. Call Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way, at 613-736-5270 or visit www.volunteerottawa.ca.

And the Winner is…VOscars
Volunteer Ottawa is celebrating Volunteerism with an exciting new fundraising event, A Night at the VOscars! on Sept. 22 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Ottawa Airport. Volunteers are needed to help in the following areas, movie-actor lookalikes, coat check, cashier, door paparazzi and photographer’s assistants. Interested? Call Paula at 613-736-5266 ext. 153.

How can I help you?
The volunteer receptionist for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation asks that question many times a day, both in person and on the phone. Shifts are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and they ask a three-month commitment. The receptionist should also be at least 18 years old, fluent in English and French, have basic computer skills, and be prepared to lead visitors on a tour of the centre. Contact Chantale Hendley at 613-247-3527 ext. 225 of email chendley@ottawacancer.ca.

Making things better:
Crystal View Lodge aims for a full lifestyle for its residents, with the help of volunteers. By assisting in the office, helping with maintenance and repairs of the premises and helping the activity co-ordinator with special events, volunteers free up staff to focus on more basic organizational matters. All these needs can be filled by family or affinity groups, and by persons with a disability. Call Linda Ann Quigley at 613-255-1012.

Walk this way:
The 16th annual SuperWalk for the Parkinson Society starts early Sept. 10 at Andy Haydon Park, and they’re looking for volunteers: registration, setup, route marshals, water station helpers and T-shirt distributors. And there are some unusual tasks – face painting and photographer’s assistant. Call Hilary Evans at 613-722-9238.

Piece of cake:
More than Just Desserts is a major fundraiser for the Arthritis Society in March, and it’s not too early to start planning. They need a volunteer to chair the committee, working closely with others and recruiting members from past committees and personal networks, act as a media spokesperson for the event, and participate in ticket sales and procuring auction items and sponsors. Call Jason Hussak at 613-723-1083 ext. 1514. Note-takers are needed to take minutes during Just Desserts and Arthritis Walk committee meetings. They also need volunteers to do presentations and staff displays in the community and with HealthPartners and facilitate the Arthritis Self Management Program (training provided). Contact Melissa Cormier at 613-723-1083 ext. 1516 or mcormier@on.arthritis.ca

Take a hike:
The Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope is Sept. 11 at Mooney’s Bay. The 5-km event is dedicated to support, education and research for ovarian cancer, and they have volunteer opportunities for everyone young and old, alone or in a group. Some of their needs are for teardown and setup, registration, food and beverage services, kids’ activities and route marshals. Call Brittni Colquhoun at 1-877-413-7970 ext. 232.

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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