Volunteer Round Up: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

Choose to be kind! Feb. 17-24 is Kindness Week in Ottawa. Volunteering is a great way to show kindness to others – you’ll feel good, too! If you would like to get involved, visit www.kindottawa.ca. To find a variety of volunteer activities visit www.volunteerottawa.ca or call 613-736-5270.

Do you love basketball and numbers? The Ottawa Shooting Stars Girls and Boys Basketball Club, the premier basketball club in the capital region, is searching for a new treasurer to oversee the club’s books. Accounting experience is required as well as occasional attendance at monthly board meetings of the executive. A police check is required. Contact Jack Aubry at 613-220-6927, or at Jackaubry@Rogers.com.

Food for thought: The Ottawa Food Bank, whose vision is that no one goes hungry in the Ottawa area, collects and distributes food to member agencies serving people in need in our city. To further its goal, the organization is seeking an assistant to assist our drivers as they deliver food to our community agencies across Ottawa for one weekday morning shift from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Also needed is a dynamic, friendly, mature individual to help with administrative duties for two days a week, Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Jo-anne Turple-Watson at 613-745-7001, ext. 120, or at joanne@theottawafoodbank.ca.

Board Members: Volunteer Ottawa, which links people with community organizations, has an interactive website that offers thousands of volunteer opportunities from organizations that need volunteer energy to deliver their critical community services. This organization is looking for people willing to volunteer as members of its board of directors, particularly those with experience in fundraising or media relations. If you are interested, contact William Coukell at 613-736-5270, or executivedirector@volunteerottawa.ca.

Meet and greet: The Canadian Red Cross, whose mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world, is looking for someone to tend to the reception desk at its national office from 1 to 2 p.m. twice weekly. You will receive orientation to the Canadian Red Cross services and programs and job-specific training. A police check is required. Contact Victoria at 613-560-7220 ext. 230, or at ottawa@redcross.ca.

Carlington Community Health Centre Building ExteriorBuns In The Oven: This program at the Carlington Community Health Centre assists young mothers in the area to meet and develop good parenting skills. The group’s facilitator needs the assistance of a volunteer to welcome and support young mothers, help with food preparation and cleanup, assist with educational activities, promote a nurturing, caring, warm, and supportive environment and assist with child care. Do you have good interpersonal and communication skills? Are you able to maintain confidentiality and available on Wednesdays from 9: 30 a.m. to noon? If so, this position may be for you. A police check is also required. Or, if serving on a board of directors is more to your liking, there’s still room for volunteers, too. Contact Rosetta Foti 613-722-4000 ext. 265 or rfoti@carlington.ochc.org.

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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