Volunteer Round Up: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

Have the February Blues in March? Volunteering is a great way to fight the blues, get involved in your community and meet great people. No matter what your skills and time availability, Volunteer Ottawa has something for you. If the postings below don’t fit your bill, there are hundreds of other offerings at Volunteer Ottawa, a member of the United Way family of agencies.

For more information and a wider selection of volunteer opportunities, call us at 613-736-5270, or visit our website at www.volunteerottawa.ca.

Overcome the digital divide: The Ottawa Chapter of Computers for Communities is a local nonprofit organization striving to bridge the digital divide in the national capital region by providing refurbished computers, hands-on experiential education, Internet access and job skills training in exchange for community service.The organization seeks a newsletter editor with previous experience to spearhead the creation, production and distribution of its quarterly publication in a creative and professional manner. It is also looking for a client service representative who would be the first point of contact at the organization and the voice of C4C to the general community. A police check is required for the client representative. Contact Shirley Binks at 613-800-3082, or at computers.communities@gmail.com.

Help others eat well: If you want to share your passion for eating well, Partage Vanier Food Bank at the Vanier Community Service Centre is seeking several bilingual volunteer client attendants to help clients make healthy food choices during their visit. If you are reliable, punctual, have good interpersonal skills, enjoy working in a team setting, understand and are sensitive to the needs of low-income families, they would like to meet with you for an interview. Several opportunities are available: Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. and Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. A police check is required. For more information, contact Sylvie at 613-744-2892, ext. 1073, or at scarriere@cscvanier.com.

Combine your love of animals and numbers: The Friends of the Experimental Farm, a non-profit volunteer organization, seek a volunteer treasurer to manage its financial and budget matters. You would prepare and present updated financial statements to monthly board meetings, prepare the annual financial statements and charitable organization returns, and present a financial report at its annual general meeting. Professional designation and/or experience managing the finances of a company or charitable organization preferred. A police check is required. If you are interested in helping to preserve and protect a treasured part of the National Capital area, please send your resume to volunteer@friendsofthefarm.ca.

Fitness at the Y: The National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA, Ottawa’s leading resource for health, fitness and recreation, child care, camping and outdoor education and social services, is searching for currently certified group fitness instructors to provide group fitness classes such as cardio combo, total muscle conditioning, and boot camp. The Y is also looking for a weight room monitor and kids sport leagues leader to assist with coaching and/or monitoring adult and children’s activities.Police checks are required. If either position interests you, contact Christine Eckhardt at 6138304199, or at christine.eckhardt@nationalcapitalregionymca-ywca.ca

Peace: The Peace and Environmental Resource Centre is an organization whose mandate is to educate the public about peace, environment and social justice issues and empower and support people to get involved. They need volunteers to conduct online research and network with other local environmental and social justice groups. You’ll gather useful links and electronic resources on peace and environmental issues for our online resource library as well as contact publishers of periodicals. You’ll also receive training for posting documents to the website and help to expand online library of tools and resources for the general public to help build sustainable communities. A great way to learn about the latest innovations in sustainable living in our community and beyond. Contact Diana Brushey 613-230-4590 or info@perc.ca

Think Summer Camps, Already? The City of Ottawa’s Hintonburg Community Centre needs volunteers to make sure that all kids, including those with special needs, can participate. Help with all aspects of summer camp and other seasonal programs. As part of the team, you’ll support participants and adapt programs. Activities take place indoors, outdoors, in or a variety of locations. You’ll help to ensure a safe and enjoyable program/ camp experience for special needs children/youth and young adults. Volunteers get experience in the social recreation field and learn about adapting programs with those with disabilities. A police check is required. Contact Amy McSheffrey 613-798-8684 or amy.mcsheffrey@ottawa.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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