Volunteer Roundup!

Where did the summer go? It’s nearly September, back to school, back to normal. And time to call Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way, to find a place to earn community service hours. We can be reached at 613-736-5270 and www.volunteerottawa.ca.

I saw it in the paper:
Every week dozens of people read Volunteer Roundup and become volunteers. If you’re available for an hour or so a week; if you’re familiar with the community and its agencies and services; if you have basic computer skills and an informal and informative writing style, you could be the volunteer behind Volunteer Roundup. It would be a plus if you were bilingual. This is a position that is in the process of being expanded and enriched. The workplace is fully accessible and there are plans to make it possible to contribute from home. Call Shelley Morris from Volunteer Ottawa at 613-736-5266, ext. 152.

It’s a gift:
The gift boutique at Montfort Hospital is an important source of funds for the facility and they need bilingual volunteers to keep it humming. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Pick one or more four-hour shifts a week. They’ll train you. Just bring a smile and comfortable shoes. Call Marielle Beauchesne at 613-746-4621, ext. 2019.

Driving need:

Cornerstone: Housing for Women

Cornerstone: Housing for Women

Cornerstone has four residences for women who are in danger of being homeless and all four have volunteer opportunities and needs. If you have a car and license, they need companion drivers to get women to medical appointments, shopping and just visiting. The new residence located on Booth Street is also looking for a receptionist during the day. This new residence is accessible to persons with a handicap. Call Karen Ann McKinna at 613-254-6584, ext. 504.

Tea and company:
The Canadian Blood Services needs a gift from you, even if you can’t be a donor. They want your presence to welcome and thank donors, and keep an eye on the clients to make sure they’re following self-care instructions. The need exists in both the headquarters and the Bloodmobile. They ask for one four hour shift a week during the day. Be prepared for a lot of standing. Call Andrew Jordon at 613-560-7239.

Bring your work boots:
Habitat for Humanity operates two ReStores, one at 7 Enterprise (Hunt Club and Merivale) and the other at 2370 Walkley Rd. If you’re over 16, you can pick your spot from customer service, stocking and organizing goods, pickup, area experts and store associates. You really will need steel-toed boots and may have to do some heavy listing. Shifts are available both during weekdays and weekends. Call Peggy Winstan at 613-749-9950, ext. 229.

Meet, greet, help:
The information desks at the Ottawa General and Civic hospital campuses need volunteers with communication and people skills to staff these positions. Some of the tasks are directing and escorting patients to areas within the hospital, finding transportation for patients and providing information and directions for visitors and the general public. This position is suitable for a person with a disability. Call Denise Hawken at 613-737-8899, ext. 82527.

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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