Volunteer Round Up: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

As the temperature climbs and dips, there’s one thing that stays constant: the need for volunteers in our area. Whatever talents and skills you have to offer, there’s an organization in our community that could use your help. The opportunities described below are just a small sample of what you can find 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.

Arthritis Awareness:
The Arthritis Society raises funds and helps to improve the lives of the four million Canadians living with arthritis. Volunteers are needed to deliver presentations on arthritis at retirement homes, community health centres, hospitals and religious organizations.

Presentations are standard and volunteer training is provided by The Arthritis Society. Volunteers are also needed to staff display booths, providing information about arthritis and the Arthritis Society.

Bus fare, mileage and parking are reimbursed. Good command of written and spoken English, good communication skills, presentation or training/facilitation skills, ability to work in various locations in Ottawa and/or surrounding area are needed. Contact Melissa Cormier 723-1083 Ext 1516 or email mcormier@on.arthritis.ca

February is Heart Month:
Volunteer: Make Death WaitThe Heart and Stroke Association needs volunteers for this annual event.

Volunteer Drivers help by picking up canvassing kits, delivering them to volunteers and retrieving them at the campaign’s end. Volunteer Captains are needed to organize a group of approximately 8-10 canvassers in a specific area; calling canvassers, delivering their kits, checking in during the campaign and retrieving the kits. Volunteer canvassers fan out in neighbourhoods across the Ottawa area, canvassing 25-30 houses. A great way to get active, meet others and help a great cause. Contact Linda Veenstra at lveenstra@hsf.on.ca.

Can we count on you?
The Kanata Food Cupboard’s purpose is to collect and distribute food products to individuals requiring emergency food service. With a budget of about $180,000, the organization is seeking the services of a Professional Accountant to help, from one to a few days. This person would review the charity’s 2011 fiscal year books as soon as possible. Contact Jenna Sudds at 613-836-7847 ext. 3, or at kanatafood@gmail.com.

Tweet for Africa:
International Charity for Africa (ICAfrica), organizes volunteers in Canada for development programs in Africa, to help reduce extreme poverty through assisting entrepreneurs and farmers to grow their ventures and create jobs for women, men and youth. It is looking for a volunteer familiar with Twitter, Facebook and other social media in reaching and retaining a wider audience. The volunteer Social Media Manager would know how to write, post to social media sites and be active in the conversations, representing ICAfrica’s point of view. The organization also has many other communications positions to fill such as a graphics/poster/ promotional material designer, a graphic animation designer, a French translator, a web designer and a news editor/newsletter producer.

Contact Eugene Nzeribe at 613-371-9800, or email eugene_nzeribe@icafrica.com.

Safety at heart:
The Ottawa Safety Council, a charitable non-profit organization whose mission is to assist the residents of the City of Ottawa in preventing accidents and in protecting themselves and others from accidental death, injury and the destruction of property resulting from accidents and collisions, is looking for people to serve on its Board of Directors. Contact Frank Kevins at 613-238-1513, or at info@ottawasafetycouncil.ca.

A little bit of kindness:
United Way Ottawa is looking for volunteers with sales experience to help promote the Kindness Week Affinity Program to businesses in the community.

This program will support the Kind Ottawa Initiative and Kindness Week (Feb. 17-24), a movement that encourages people to “choose to be kind”. Volunteers who join the sales team will: identify sales leads and prospects for the program and work collaboratively with the committee to set targets and goals for sales.

Contact Diana Mitoff 613-228-6723 or dmitoff@unitedwayottawa.ca. To learn more about Kind Ottawa, please visit www.kindottawa.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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