Volunteer Round Up: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

While Christmas comes but once a year, the need for volunteers is year round. If you’ve been thinking about volunteering, Volunteer Ottawa can help you to find organizations and opportunities for every interest. Call Volunteer Ottawa, a United Way agency, at 613-736-5270, info@volunteerottawa.ca or visit www.volunteerottawa.ca.

Share your love of Canada:
The Catholic Immigration Centre has a program to help new immigrants and refugees adjust to life in Canada. They need volunteers who have lived in Canada for at least four years, who have a couple of hours a week to spare and who speak English or French fluently to help newcomers in Bayshore/Nepean improve their language skills and knowledge of Canadian culture. A police check is required. Contact Asli Ozcaglar at 613-232-9634 x383, or at communityconnections@cic.ca.

Tax time:
The Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre (NROCRC) is looking for volunteers to help newcomers, seniors and low-income residents prepare their tax returns at our free income tax clinics. The clinics will run in March and April in Osgoode, Barrhaven and the NROCRC offices in the Merivale Mall. Do you enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds? NROCRC will provide the training in February. Call Meghann at 613-596-5626.

A hot meal and a warm smile:
Woman and Man standing togetherMeals on Wheels delivers nutritious meals to individuals to assist them in maintaining their health and independence at home. The meals are delivered by trained volunteers who provide personal contact, a safety and security check as well as an interested daily visitor. Right now, the organization needs volunteer drivers and servers. To bring a smile to these clients’ lives, contact Terry Moxness at 613-233-2424, or at terry@mealsonwheels-ottawa.org.

Toys, toys, toys:
At the Ontario Early Years Centre, young children, their parents and caregivers can take part in programs and activities together and obtain information about services in the community. The Centre is looking for a toy library assistant to inform parents and caregivers about borrowing procedures, load and unload toys from shelves, clean and disinfect toys and perform other administrative duties. A police check is required. If you want to help, contact Maria Neves-Pantano at 613-737-3716 x224, or at mnpantano@afchildcare.on.ca

Got a head for numbers?
The Pinecrest-Queensway Community Centre could use your help. This organization, which provides health, community and social services in the west end of Ottawa, needs help to offer free income tax clinics to low-income community members on Saturdays in March and April. Some sessions are also offered during the week. Training is provided by Revenue Canada. Ability to speak different languages and strong interpersonal skills are assets. A police check is required. Contact Mariana Rodriguez at 613-820-4922 x458, or at m.rodriguez@pqchc.com.

Chatting and learning:
Somali Family Services provides newcomers with the opportunity to improve their English through Chat and Social Conversation groups. One group takes place at the Elmvale Library, starting Jan. 3, from 6: 30 to 8 p.m. They need volunteers to facilitate a group of newcomers to help them practise their English language skills by talking to each other in a group. The commitment is at least six months. Contact Ikram at 613-526-2075 ext. 231 or i.ahmed@scfsottawa.org

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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