Volunteer Round Up: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

There’s lots to do both during the holiday season and beyond. You’ll find lots of opportunities at Volunteer Ottawa. Call this United Way agency at 613-736-5270, or visit us at www.volunteerottawa.ca

Get On Board
The Vanier Museopark is dedicated to research, preservation, conservation and public programming, of the past present and future history and heritage of Vanier, of the Richelieu-Vanier Park and the Francophonie in Ottawa. They are looking for bilingual (French, English) candidates from Ottawa, Vanier and the area for its Board of Directors and committees. The candidates should have an experience in budget management and fundraising. and a strong network for helping the Museopark to become a community leader in French heritage. Meetings take place every second Monday of the month. Contact: 613-842-9523 or directrice@museoparc.ca or during the Maple Sugar season, (January – April) help with project management, photography, customer service or security. Contact Gisèle Vallée 613.859.6382 or cabane@museoparc.ca

Variety of Volunteers
Christie Lake Kids is a non-profit organization that services Ottawa\’s at risk children and youth ages 6-17 through a variety of programs aimed at helping kids build self-confidence. Do you play guitar? Do pottery or other arts? Know how to cook? Play sports? Build a ukulele?  Want to share these skills with kids?  There are a variety of programs taking place in the east, centre and west of Ottawa during the evenings and on weekends.  Make a real difference in a young person’s life.  Call Stephanie Miller 613-742-6922 ext 224.

Inspire, engage, and learn!
Sage Youth provides free mentoring and literacy programs to children and youth from low-income, new Canadian, special needs and homeless communities. Volunteers work one-on-one and in small groups supporting students with their literacy and life skills. They need volunteer tutors/mentors! Can you commit 2-2.5 hours/week? Sage Youth runs three programs in the city. Volunteers are needed for morning, afternoon and evenings. You’ll work in a supervised, supportive setting and be provided with all training and materials. Also anted – Volunteer French Editor. Sage Youth operates in partnership with its national sister charity, The Excellence in Literacy Foundation which assists community leaders in the development of sustainable, effective, and ethical literacy programs.  We are in the process of translating our workbooks from English to French and are looking for a volunteer editor to take a look at the French versions and to edit them accordingly. Contact Tamba Dhar 613-838-5539 or visit sageyouth@hotmail.com

Linking Villages
Village Link Tanzania is an organization aiming to connect Tanzanian villagers with opportunities for education and training to give villagers the opportunity to improve their livelihoods by providing skills and resources.  They are putting together a creative group of individuals to work together as a promotions/fundraising team. Opportunities include: – educating the public on our work in Tanzania (this can include presentations to Ottawa high school classes for those interested) – helping to organize fundraising events – developing strategies for increasing the organization’s exposure and capacity. Contact Susan (613) 406-0746 or susan@villagelinktanzania.com

For the animals
The Constance Creek Wildlife Refuge  provides  rehabilitation care to injured and orphaned wild animals, public education on living in harmony with wildlife and advocating on behalf of wildlife and providing a safe, caring and healthy home for unwanted farm animals. Volunteers can help by feeding and caring for the animals. Volunteers are also needed to help maintain the barns and shelters, creating a safe, clean place for the animals in their care. Contact Chris Nuyens 613-836-0366 or commschris@hotmail.com

Let there be music!
Music for Life Fundraising Concerts’ focus is to provide cancer benefit concerts across Canada to raise funds to help local cancer or hospital foundations and  provide a venue to help local artists & entertainers to donate their time and talents within their communities.  A variety of volunteers is needed behind the scenes:  media outreach, event planning and management, people with legal and financial expertise to provide advice and guidance with regard to events, and volunteers to help develop and maintain the website.  If you would like to contribute your talents, contact Anne-Laurie Placide 613.435.6352 or volunteer@musicforlifeconcerts.org

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