Volunteer Round Up: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

This week’s featured postings run the gamut from office work to a chocolate extravaganza! If you don’t find anything here to suit your fancy, there are hundreds of other postings 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.

Sign up here:
The Canadian Hearing Society, a non-profit agency that provides services, products, and information that remove barriers to communication, advance hearing health, and promote equity for people who are culturally deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing, is looking for an occasional receptionist for its office in south Ottawa. Contact Lannie Mitchell at 613-521-0509, or at lmitchell@chs.ca. The society is also seeking people to advise the regional director on regional policy matters, provide leadership on the Community Development Council and its working committees to establish, develop and run Special Events, Fundraising Opportunities and Public Education. Previous board experience is an asset. A police check is required for the Council and committee volunteers. For more information, contact Michel David at 613-521-0509, or at mdavid@chs.ca.

If you’re in the neighbourhood:
The Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre, offering a wide range of social and community services to the residents of eastern Ottawa, is looking for volunteers willing to take on the role of friendly visitors and spend some time with an isolated senior in the eastern part of the city. The centre also needs Meals on Wheels drivers to deliver meals to seniors in east Ottawa on weekdays. It is also searching for transportation drivers to take seniors in east Ottawa to medical appointments during the week. A police check is required for these positions. Interested? Contact Gayle Downing at 613-741-6025, or at gayle.downing@eorc-gloucester.ca.

Time Travel:
Come and broaden your horizons and transport yourself into another era by volunteering at Pinhey’s Point Historic Site. The museum located at 270 Pinhey’s Rd. near Dunrobin offers a unique way to experience Ottawa’s history through its seasonal programs. It is recruiting for the 2012 season and is holding an information session at the museum on Wednesday, Feb. 22, starting at 6 p.m. Hope you will join us! Contact daniele.hamonic@ottawa.ca.

A variety of volunteers needed at City of Ottawa long-term care homes:
The Peter D. Clark Home, Garry J. Armstrong Home, Carleton Lodge, and Centre d’Accueil Champlain all need volunteers. They’d welcome your assistance to visit residents and socialize, to become a palliative care visitor, help with meal service, escort residents to appointments, or provide spiritual care support. We require a recent police records check and a two-step tuberculosis test.

Contact program managers:
Peter D. Clark – Tony Sponza at 613-580-2424 ext. 30011, tony.sponza@ottawa.ca;
Garry J. Armstrong – Julien Roberge at 613-580-22424 ext. 22950, julien.roberge@ottawa.ca;
Carleton Lodge – Mary Zion at 613-580-2424 ext. 30032, mary.zion@ottawa.ca;
Centre D’accueil Champlain – Yves Pilon at 613-580-2424 ext. 25318, yves.pilon@ottawa.ca

Did you say chocolate? Yes we did!
The Carefor Health and Community Services, a nonprofit organization that has been keeping families together longer at home by providing home health care and community support services, needs help organizing its 8th Annual Carefor Chocolate Brunch & Competition presented by Minitel Communications. On Saturday March 10, 2012, each of the 400 attendees and a panel of five celebrity judges will vote on the best chocolate dessert in Ottawa/ Gatineau. They are looking to fill the following volunteer positions: They need flag makers to build name flags with toothpicks and white mailing labels; decoration and event volunteers to assist staff with the set-up of the room’s decor before guests arrive, which will entail some physical activity; and an experienced photographer with a knack for candid, up-close indoor photographs and her/his own digital equipment is needed to document the brunch and competition and capture activities and guests throughout the event. If this is for you, contact Kelly Hatton at 613-749-7557 ex. 2180, or at ottawavolunteers@carefor.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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