Volunteer Round Up: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

December is here already and we’ve had our first taste of winter snow. Share your warmth by reaching out to those in need. The following postings are just some of the many volunteer opportunities you can find at Volunteer Ottawa. Call this member of the United Way family of agencies at 613-736-5270, or visit us at www.volunteerottawa.ca.

Join the team:
Pair of figure skatesSpecial Olympics Ontario is a nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to providing yearround sports training and competition opportunities for individuals with an intellectual disability. The programs are operated by over 250 dedicated volunteers who support and encourage the athletes. Like to coach? Bowling, basketball, swimming and figure skating are just some areas where our athletes can use some coaching. Like to be on Council? Sport Technical Co-ordinator, Fundraising Committee, Public Relations Committee are now available. Contact Myriam volunteer_coord@specialolympicsottawa.ca.

Calling all accountants:
HelpAge Canada, a non-profit agency whose mission is to promote the health, well-being and social inclusion of seniors at risk and other older adults in Canada and in developing countries, is looking for an accountant to act as treasurer on its Board of Directors. If you have education or work experience in accounting and financial management (CA, CGA, CMA preferred) and experience in the non-profit sector, they could definitely use your help. For more details, contact Jacques Bertrand at 613-232-0727, or at bertrand@helpagecanada.ca.

From the kitchen to the boardroom:
The Carlington Community Health Centre, a non-profit community-based health centre providing health and social services, is looking for a volunteer from the Carlington community with an accounting or legal background to sit on its board of directors. If you are free on Fridays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Centre also needs someone to offer maintenance support to the community kitchen team. A police check is required for this posting. For more details on these and several other postings, contact Rosetta Foti at 613-722-4000 x265, or at rfoti@carlington.ochc.org.

Come visit and chat:
The Longfields Manor in Nepean, a long term care facility that provides health care services to seniors who need 24-hour nursing care, is looking for friendly and outgoing people to come visit seniors in their care and provide them with social stimulation. Training and orientation is offered. If this outreach to seniors sounds like your cup of tea, please contact Monty Domingo at 613-823-8999 x225, or at monty.domingo@reveraliving.com.

Me and my pet:
Do you think your pet is the best? Does it get along well with people? Are you bilingual? Then you are what Manoir Marochel Manor is looking for: Someone who wants to share their love of animals with the residents of this long-term care facility. You must be bilingual and a police check is required. The animal must have health and vaccination certificates. Several other volunteer offers are also posted by this organization. Contact Kristine McGahey at 613-744-1861, or at activiter@manoirmarochel.ca.

A Victorian Holiday; Science of yesteryear:
The Canada Science and Technology Museum needs dynamic volunteers to animate demonstrations, crafts and games related to technology from the 19th century with museum visitors! Dec. 23, 2011 to Jan. 8, 2012. Dates and times are flexible (between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.). Volunteer for a morning, an afternoon or a whole day. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and must contact Cedric St. Amour, co-ordinator, Volunteer Services before Dec. 13, 2011. 613-991-6091 cstamour@technomuses.ca

Special thanks to the Ottawa Citizen for publishing Volunteer Ottawa’s Volunteer Roundup! weekly in Saturday’s paper! Great community organizations and people are benefiting from this great column!

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