Volunteer Round Up: Ottawa’s Volunteer Opportunities

This week’s crop of volunteer postings is quite varied and should include something of interest to you. If you want to learn more about any of these volunteer postings or any others, call Volunteer Ottawa, a member of the United Way family of agencies, at 613-736-5270, or visit www.volunteerottawa.ca.

Lace up for a good cause:
Girl SkatingIf you like to skate, this one’s for you. City of Ottawa Special Needs is looking for someone to help a child with autism integrate into a mainstream skating class at Pinecrest Community Centre. If skating isn’t your thing, this organization offers programs in various community centres to give children, youth and adults with special needs the opportunity to participate in year-round recreation and social activities. A police check is required. For the skating volunteer position, contact Bronwyn McKee-Buckner at 613-580-2424, x29291, or Bronwyn.McKee-Buckner@ottawa.ca. For other volunteer positions, contact Jodie Gilvear at 613-580-2424 ext. 41226 or Jodie.Gilvear@ottawa.ca.

Go Sens Go:
Mothercraft Ottawa is a community organization dedicated to helping families and providers grow and thrive through innovative programs. Fifteen volunteers are needed to sell 50 /50 tickets at Senator home games on Dec. 7, Jan. 2 and 5, Feb. 3 and 11, March 10 and April 3. Great group opportunity! If you’re interested, contact Carol-Ann Finlan at 613-728-1839 x230 or at carol-ann@mothercraft.com specifying date.

 Is community health care important to you?
If so, there is an opportunity for you to join the board of directors of VHA Ottawa, where you can be part of the “health care solution” by influencing and impacting on the direction of home care services provided to frail seniors and people with physical disabilities. At its bi-monthly meetings, the Board provides leadership to VHA Ottawa, sets policy and oversees the organization’s long-term planning. A police check is required. Contact Valerie Bishop de Young at 613-238-8420, or at valerie@vhaottawa.ca.

… and breathe:
The Lung Association’s Ottawa office provides health education programs and helps fund medical research in order to improve lung health. It also houses a lung health education centre providing expert counselling on asthma and COPD. If you are interested, they are looking for office volunteers. Contact Melanie Estable-Porter at 613-230-4200, or at melanie@on.lung.ca

Bring some sunshine into the lives of seniors:
Abbeyfield Houses, which provide accommodation and companionship for up to 10 senior citizens in Ottawa, is looking for volunteers. They need people for their Residency Committee, a recruiter and convener, someone with musical talents and a fun-loving personality and a seasonal decorator for their residence in Ottawa. A police check is required. If you are interested, contact Amanda Mellway at 613-729-4817, or at abbeyfot@magma.ca.

Forget winter and start planning next summer’s bash:
H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everywhere) is looking for volunteers to join the 2012 Planning Team for next summer’s Volleyball SummerFest. This core group of volunteers assists in the planning and preparations leading up to the annual big beach bash. If you want to get in on the fun, please contact Laura Andrews at 613-237-1433, or at info@hopehelps.com.

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!

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