Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

March is here and spring is just around the corner. It’s time to leave our winter den and explore new possibilities.Here are a variety of opportunities to meet new people and help our community. If the postings below don’t tickle your fancy, 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.

Is this your cup of tea? The Glebe Centre, non-profit, long-term care facility situated in the heart of the Glebe, seeks volunteers for three activities with its residents. A new beading group that meets on Friday afternoons needs a volunteer. There is also a Tea Time group in the dementia unit that meets on Tuesday afternoon for an hour of social interaction while enjoying tea and a snack. The dementia unit also has a Friday afternoon baking/social group that requires a volunteer. Residents come together to participate in an interactive group which can include discussion, simple baking (cookies, muffins etc.) and use of motor skills. A police check is required for all three volunteer positions. Contact Lonelle Butler at 613 238-2727, ext. 353, or at volunteer@glebecentre.ca.

Dive right in: Christie Lake Kids, a non-profit organization that serves Ottawa’s at-risk children and youth ages 6-17, is calling for volunteers for its swimming program, volunteer swimming instructors and a female swimming instructor. The organization’s swimming program is ideal for experienced swimmers who would like to support young children as they learn to swim at Lowertown Pool. The swimming instructors will help the Christie Lake Kids develop progressive swimming skills on Sundays, from March 25 to May 27. The female instructor will help teach progressive swimming skills at the girls’ only swimming sessions on Sundays, from March 25 to May 27. Contact Stephanie Miller at 613-742-6922, ext. 224, or at smiller@christielakekids.com.

Do you have a sweet tooth and a free evening? Then consider helping the Arthritis Society of Ottawa in its signature fundraiser during Juvenile Arthritis Awareness month. The organization needs registration volunteers to greet guests, collect tickets, verify completeness of attendees’ personal information, and issue auction bid numbers. Volunteers must be 19 years of age or older. Contact Alison Sheepway at 613-723-1083 ext. 1516, or at asheepway@on.arthritis.ca.

Help fight a killer disease: The Ottawa Unit of the Canadian Cancer Society is seeking a coordinator to help staff and other volunteers make its daffodil campaign a success. Put your organizational, time management and customer service skills to use by contacting businesses to confirm locations for daffodil pin coin boxes. Cancer-clinic volunteers, mature people ready to take on a long-term commitment and provide direct patient support, are also needed. A criminal-record check and TB testing are required for clinic volunteers. Contact Laura Lafantaisie at 613-723-1744, ext. 3623, or at ottawavolunteer@ontario.cancer.ca.

The Lung Association invites you to join the IY Lungs Team at the Tamarack Homes Ottawa Race Weekend, May 26 and 27. Raise funds, then participate in the races on behalf of The Lung Association, or join our water station volunteer crew to hand out water and Gatorade to race participants. Contact Melanie by email at melanie@on.lung.ca or by phone at 613-230-4200.

Going Green: Ecology Ottawa is amplifying the environmental movement in Ottawa so it is audible to council. Since most of our work is done by volunteers, we need volunteers who are willing to take leadership and management responsibilities. We are looking for: neighbourhood campaign organizers; volunteer co-ordination; volunteer communications; events planning; and clean energy team leaders in Barrhaven, Orléans, Rockcliffe/Manor Park, and Carlingwood. For other volunteer opportunities or to learn more about Ecology Ottawa, contact info@ecologyottawa.ca, or call 613-860-5353.

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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