Volunteer Round Up: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

The holiday season is fast approaching, as reflected in this week’s volunteer offerings. To learn more about these postings or others, call Volunteer Ottawa, a member of the United Way family of agencies, at 613-736-5270, or visit us at www.volunteerottawa.ca.

Ho-Ho-Hold that pose:
Dog in Santa HatAre you a bit of a ham? The Ottawa Humane Society needs volunteers for its Santa Pet Pics Holiday fundraiser. Don a white beard and red coat to help include pets in the traditional families’ holiday portraits while raising funds for the OHS. The Society is looking for Santas with a sense of humour and animal-handling experience who are comfortable with all kinds of animals for any of the following dates: Friday, Dec. 2 to Sunday, Dec. 4; Saturday, Dec. 10 to Sunday, Dec. 11; Friday, Dec. 16 to Sunday, Dec. 18. A police check is required. Contact Keri Abella at 613 725-3166, x231, or at volunteer@ottawahumane.ca.

Do you like to organize?
ACEworks Support Network is looking for a volunteer co-ordinator to help it set up a new system to attract and recognize volunteers who will support its objectives of helping adults with physical and developmental disabilities and complex special needs through various programs. A police check is required. This organization is also looking for volunteers for its Adult Day Program. Contact Keith Barrett at 613-227-8858, or at keith@partnersinparenting.ca.

A tailor-made opportunity:
Calling all seamstresses and tailors: Bytown Brigantine Inc., a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to building character through the adventure of Tall Ships training, needs volunteers who can sew 60 period costumes for re-enactments to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. All material and patterns are supplied and you can work in their offices or at home. A police check is required. Contact Jason McNaught at 613-596-6258, or at info@tallshipsadventure.org.

Carollers singingChristmas carols, Christmas meal:
Share the spirit of Christmas with those less fortunate – come help Options Bytown. This non-profit organization, providing affordable rent-geared-to-income permanent housing and services to those at risk of homelessness, needs Christmas singers and musicians and people to cook and serve a Christmas meal to tenants. Meals will be offered on Dec. 15 and 20 at two downtown locations. If you’re available for either date, contact Lorraine Bentley at 613-241-6363 x223, or at lbentley@optionsbytown.com.

Holiday Helpings:
The Caring and Sharing Exchange (Christmas Exchange) needs volunteers. Do you have a friendly voice, speak English or other languages? Make phone calls to confirm appointments for toy pickups and hamper deliveries. Or call referring agencies to verify information as part of the Christmas Assistance Program. If the phone isn’t your thing, be part of a team in the Rideau Centre canvassing shoppers for donations during the annual Christmas Cheer broadcast on Thursday, Dec. 8. Volunteers are also urgently needed to help with the annual Running on Empties campaign on Saturday, Dec. 17, collecting empty bottles at Ottawa beer stores. Plenty of times, dates and shifts are available. Get a workplace team or other team together and lend a hand. Contact Sui-Ling Leung at 613-226-6434, ext. 226 or fundraising@caringandsharing.ca.

Do you enjoy the company of good books and good people?
The Friends of the Ottawa Public Library, a grassroots organization whose mission is to enhance and promote Ottawa Public Library Services, needs help to sort and pack books. If you’re available Mondays, Tuesdays, or Fridays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., contact Shirley Felker at TallwoodFOPLA@gmail.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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