Volunteer Round Up: Ottawa’s Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for a way to fight the November doldrums? Put a little sunshine in your life by answering the following calls for assistance. To learn more about these and many other volunteer postings of all kinds, call Volunteer Ottawa at 613-736-5270 or visit www.volunteerottawa.ca, a member of the United Way family of agencies.

Friday Night Fitness:
Woman lifting weights in a gymOn Friday evenings between 5: 30 and 6: 30 p.m. at the Jack Purcell Community Centre, a group of enthusiastic blind and visually impaired people meet for an instructor led fitness class involving basic cardio, weights, steps and other equipment. One of the participants needs a little extra help with setting up/putting away equipment, coaching and describing the activities. Bring your good sense of humour, a willingness to learn and a police check – training will be provided. Contact Kathryn Watcham at 613-564-1050.

Share the bounty:
The Overbrook- Forbes Community Resource Centre, a community service agency that offers bilingual services to the various urban neighbourhoods in northeast Ottawa, is searching for a driver to pick up donations to Emergency Food and Gifts in Kind programs for a few hours a week, on Monday or Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to noon. The Centre also needs volunteers to receive, label and organize various donations received. In addition, it is looking for waiters who speak French to set up and prepare tables and serve a meal to seniors on Nov. 16 or Feb. 15. Contact Sergio Guerra at 613-745-0073, x143, or at sergio.guerra@ofcrc.org

Up to a challenge?
National Capital FreeNet is looking for someone to co-ordinate its volunteers, create training material, help volunteers prepare and give seminars, etc. The organization is also looking for a social media seminar leader and people to help with member and office support. A police check is required. Contact Ross Kouhi, at 613-520-9001, x112, or at execdir@ncf.ca

Keep on truckin’:
Youville Centre, which helps single mothers provide a brighter future for themselves and their children, needs drivers (with their own large vehicle) to pick up donations in Ottawa, for delivery at the Centre. Perfect for volunteers who can lift and move large items, and have a valid driver’s licence. Contact Heather Heagney, 613-231-5150, x128, or at communications@youvillecentre.org.

Want to feel 10 feet tall?
Become a Big Sister or Game On! Group Mentor (male) with Big Brothers and Big Sisters Ottawa, dedicated to matching volunteers to young girls and boys and youths. The organization is looking for big sisters in Barrhaven, Ottawa West, Ottawa South and Gloucester-Ottawa East. It is also searching for Group Mentors (male) for its Game On! Program developed for male adolescents. Candidates must have lived in Canada for the past two years and be at least 18 years old. A police check is required. For Big Sisters, contact Enrolment Coordinator, Volunteers at 613-247-4776 or at big@bbbso.ca; for Game On!, contact Jillian at 613-247-4776, or at jillians@bbbso.ca

Yoga, anyone?
Woman leading Yoga Class indoorsThe Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Ottawa Chapter is looking for someone to help assist clients in a yoga class Tuesdays from 10: 45 a.m. to 12: 15 p.m. at Woodroffe United Church; a volunteer to assist with an exercise class for people who live with MS at the Sandy Hill Recreation Centre on Wednesdays from 10: 30 to 11: 45 a.m.; and visiting volunteers to assist with holiday season activities. All positions require a background check. If you’re interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact Laurie Cucheran-Morris at 613-728-1583, x225, or at laurie.cucheran-morris@mssociety.ca.

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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