Volunteer Round Up: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

It may be cold outside, but nothing warms the heart more than helping others. You’ll find lots of opportunities to help at Volunteer Ottawa, an agency supported by the United Way. Call 613-736-5270 or visit www.volunteerottawa.ca.

Treasurer hunt: HelpAge Canada is dedicated to promoting the health, well-being and quality of life for all seniors. And they need a treasurer for their volunteer board of directors. Some training or experience with charitable organizations would be an asset. Contact Don Mockett at 613-232-0727.

Happy Chinese New Year: The Nepean Museum is holding a Chinese New Year program on the afternoon of Jan. 30, and they’re asking for help. They need volunteers to advise and inform staff on Chinese traditional customs associated with the celebration, and act as facilitators and program developers. Call Kalle Boucher at 613-723-7936.

Heart of the community: February is the annual fundraising month for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the cornerstone of this effort is the neighbourhood canvass. Captains who will take on the recruiting and organizing of eight to 10 canvassers, delivering kits and retrieving the kits and contributions at the end of the canvass, and canvassers who are prepared to visit 20 to 25 neighbours are crucial to this drive. Call Linda Veenstra at 613-399-2589.

Let there be music: The Carefor Perley Day Program provides respite to caregivers who are caring for a loved one with a dementia diagnosis. Participants can socialize and have fun with their peers while enjoying a variety of activities. Music is one of these activities, and they need a musician who would be able to share their musical talents. If you would like to entertain a group of seniors during the week, contact Katie at 613-526-7170 ext. 8808.

Active on land and in the water: The Jack Purcell Community Centre urgently needs a woman who enjoys conversation and fitness to assist a visually-impaired swimmer, one morning a week (10:30 a.m. to noon). Volunteers are also needed to help other participants in this program who need some assistance in the change room. Training and support are provided. If dry land is more your thing, there’s a Rehab Walking and MS exercise programs also need volunteers — great for anyone who wants to share their passion for staying active. Contact Kathy Watcham (613) 564-1050.

COG - Feast of FieldsWhat a feast!: Canadian Organic Growers Ottawa Chapter will hold Feast of Fields on the Farm (FFF), a celebration of organic farming practices in August 2011. This year, organic food producers will team up with chefs to create a feast showcasing organic food. Volunteer coordinators are needed to work with the FFF committee to implement plans, to organize and promote the event and help to solicit sponsorships. Some meetings are required. Ideal for those who want to help promote the organic food movement and gain event management experience. Contact Margaret Tourond-Townsen, 613-244-4000 ext. 2.

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