Volunteer Round Up: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

Winter has arrived with a blast! Looking for ways to fight the cold and dark? There’s nothing to warm up your insides like reaching out a helping hand to others in the community. Here are a few volunteer opportunities among the many offerings at Volunteer Ottawa, a member of the United Way family of agencies. For more information, call us at 613-736-5270, or visit our website at www.volunteerottawa.ca.

A little company:
The CNIB, an organization offering community based support, knowledge and a national voice with blind or partially sighted Canadians, is calling for a volunteer in western Ottawa to offer one-to-one support and chat about sports, politics, community activities and other topics over coffee with a friendly, engaging gentleman who is blind, and needing companionship for two to three hours a week. They are also seeking someone to visit a man who is partially sighted and likes to cook but needs help in the kitchen. There is a variety of people with vision loss all over Ottawa who’d love it if you had some time to share. Police check required. Contact Perpetua Quigley at 613-563-4021 ext. 5002, or at perpetua.quigley@cnib.ca.

Let’s talk:
Ovarian Cancer Canada, a charity dedicated to overcoming ovarian cancer with a mission to support women living with the disease (as well as their families), raise awareness and raise funds is looking for someone interested in public speaking. Speakers raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer by talking to groups about the signs, symptoms, risks and preventive factors of ovarian cancer. Call Nicole Forster at 1-877-413-7970 ext. 235 or at nforster@ovariancanada.org.

A talent for co-ordinating:
Partners for Mental Health, a nonprofit organization aligned with the mental health commission of Canada that aims to transform the way people think about and act toward people living with mental illness, has an opening for a volunteer co-ordinator at itsTogether against Stigma Conference. This individual will help define conference volunteer requirements, recruit volunteers, manage event volunteers during the conference, and help ensure a positive learning and conference experience for 500 international delegates to Ottawa. If you’re interested, contact Byron James at 613-683-3746, or at bjames@partnersformh.com.

School Days:
Students in Ottawa K-12 schools need your help. Volunteer with Ottawa Volunteers in Education today and make a difference by helping students with physical/learning disabilities in the classroom. Math, English, assistive technology, you name it – there’s a need. Lots of locations, times and training available. Apply online at: http://www.onfe-rope.ca/OVIE, or call 613-366-3085 ext. 255 or email volunteers@onfe-rope.ca.

We all need a friend:
Friends of Hospice Ottawa, a non-profit charitable organization, provides life-affirming support to individuals affected by a life-threatening illness across Ottawa-West, including volunteer in-home support, two day hospices, driving, caregiver and bereavement support, community education and awareness. All of their programs and services are provided without charge. At this time, they are seeking palliative care visiting volunteers, day hospice volunteers and transportation volunteers. The next 10-week volunteer training session will begin in March. A police check is required. Contact Diane Jodouin at 613-591-6002 ext. 25 or email dianejodouin@friendsofhospiceottawa.ca.

Can I help you? Puis-je vous aider?
Hôpital Montfort is a Francophone institution that delivers quality care in both official languages. Volunteers are needed to provide a variety of services in almost every department, from assisting patients, directing visitors, helping at the Lottery Kiosk and other duties.

They are in particular need of volunteers for the Boutique Montfort Gift Shop. Are you bilingual (must speak French), competent, punctual, sociable, courteous, a team player and conscientious? Can you make a minimum commitment of six months? Four-hour shifts are available days and evenings all week. Contact Marielle Beauchesne 613-746-4621, 2019 or mbeauchesne@montfort.on.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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