Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for a way to warm up your days as the temperature outside starts to drop? Why not reach out and help your community? These opportunities are brought to you by Volunteer Ottawa, a member of the United Way family of agencies. We also offer many other volunteer postings of all kinds. Call us at 613-736-5270 or visit www.volunteerottawa.ca

Think green:
Ecology Ottawa, a non-profit organization working to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada, has become the leading source of information about environmental issues and events.

They need your help to organize their annual fundraising dinner, a popular event that sells out every year. This year, their dinner will be held on Nov. 10 and they need help with the teams in charge of food donations, silent auction and gift cards. Time commitments are flexible and this is a wonderful opportunity to increase your fundraising and communication skills. Contact Adam Harris at 613-860-5353, or at adam.harris@ecologyottawa.ca

Go Sens Go:
Mothercraft OttawaHere’s a great way to attend a Senators home game for free and give a helping hand to Mothercraft Ottawa at the same time. This community organization is dedicated to helping families and providers grow and thrive through innovative programs in the field of early childhood education. It needs 15 volunteers to sell 50 /50 tickets at the Senator home games at Scotia Place in Ottawa on the following dates: Oct. 27 and 30, Nov. 9 and 27, Dec. 7, Jan. 2 and 5, Feb. 3 and 11, March 10 and April 3. If you’re interested, contact Carol-Ann Finlan at 613-728-1839 x230 or at carolann@mothercraft.com, specifying on which date you would like to volunteer.

A star-studded evening:
Dancing with the Stars for Easter Seal Kids is a dance competition with local celebrities who, along with other guests, will judge the dance teams and pick the STARS of this event in support of kids with physical disabilities. In addition to the dance competition, there will also be a cocktail, wine tasting, a great meal, live entertainment, a silent auction and much more. This organization is looking for your help with activities such as: setup and takedown, greeting and ticketing, raffles and auction, etc. Contact Rebecca Holzman at 613-226-3051 x227 or at rholzman@easterseals.org

Reach out to others:
The South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre (SEOCHC) is searching for people willing to visit isolated seniors in their own homes once a week, and go for walks, have tea and a chat or watch a movie together, among other activities. The Centre is also seeking people to drive seniors and adults with a physical disability to medical appointments. Drive schedules are flexible – drivers get a week’s notice and their mileage is reimbursed. You must have a valid driver’s license and a car. Contact Christina Driedger at 613-737-5115 or at christinad@seochc.on.ca

Bring out the popcorn:
The Free Thinking Film Society needs volunteer helpers at its Free Thinking Film Festival, from Nov. 11 to 13 at the National Library and Archives Canada. These people will sell tickets, food and drinks and help in general at the Festival. In exchange, volunteers get to see films for free.

This non-profit corporation shows films and celebrates efforts of risk-taking documentarians who value limited democratic government, free market economies, equal opportunities and the dignity of the individual and who show a healthy and patriotic respect for western culture and traditions. Contact Fred Litwin at 613-261-9060 or at fred. litwin@gmail.com

In the family:
Families Matter is a co-operative supporting families who have an adult member with intellectual disabilities, providing information, support and opportunities to socialize and share. Committee members are needed to help with communications, research and fundraising. This opportunity is great for volunteers to gain experience and contacts within this sector or for retired people who want to give back to their community. Contact Miriam Fry at 613-733-0112.

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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