Volunteer Round Up: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

This is just a sampling of the many volunteer opportunities to find at Volunteer Ottawa. Call 613-736-5270, or visit www.volunteerottawa.ca.

Going Green:
Hands holding a globeEcology Ottawa is the city’s leading source of information about local environmental issues and events. Right now, they are looking for like-minded people in Rockcliffe, Orléans or Barrhaven who want to work on clean energy issues in their neighbourhood. They are also looking for a volunteer to post French newspaper articles to their website. Contact Janice Ashworth at 613860-5353, or at janice.ashworth@ecologyottawa.ca

Home is Where the Heart Is:
St. Patrick’s Home is a long-term-care facility located at 2865 Riverside Dr. We are looking to fill volunteer positions that include: rehab assistant, coffee shop assistant, mass escort, games assistant, Sunday tea host and meal assistant. Apply in person or online at www.stpats.ca. Contact Kathy Thompson at (613) 731-0094 ext. 235.

Welcome/Bienvenue!:
Volunteer Ottawa needs a part time volunteer receptionist. French is highly desirable, though not mandatory. Receptionist duties include greeting clients, answering the phone, tracking calls and messages, and assisting staff with photocopying and other administrative tasks. The primary computer applications used are Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, and Microsoft Outlook. We are looking for someone who can commit to a minimum one day per week for a minimum six months. Opportunities are available for Tuesday and/or Thursdays. Contact Joan Anderson 613-736-5266 ext. 154 or joan@volunteerottawa.ca.

Countdown to Winterlude:
Girl huggin the Winterlude mascotBecome a Winterlude volunteer from Feb. 3 to 20, 2012 and join the biggest winter festival in North America. Many opportunities at Jacques-Cartier Park, Confederation Park and other sites, including: snow slide assistant, super games supervisor, Ice Hog, carver and artist hosts, information officers, and many others. Some French skills and a police check are required. For more information, contact the NCC Volunteer Center at 613-239-5373, or at volunteer_benevoles@ncc-ccn.ca.

A Guy Thing:
The Men’s Project, a non-profit men’s counselling agency that has provided services to men and their families since 1997, is seeking volunteers to sit on its board of directors. This agency’s services are designed for men and professionally facilitated by accredited psychotherapists, and their individual programs are tailored to meet men’s needs in a way that speaks to men. If you are interested in becoming involved in their Board or one of its many subcommittees, fill in the form on their website, www.themensproject.ca, or contact Randall Ware, at (613) 230-6179, or at rware@themensproject.ca

Teach English to newcomers:
Do you want to help newcomers to Canada integrate into our community? English Language Tutoring for the Ottawa Community (ELTOC) provides English language tutoring at home for adult newcomers who cannot attend classes. Once a week, students receive free, one-on-one instruction in their homes by volunteer tutors. If you’re interested, contact Jeff Wolfson at 613-232-8566, or at esl@eltoc.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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