Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

The days are growing longer and spring will soon be here. As the sun warms our hearts, we turn to those around us who need our help. Here is a small sample of opportunities to meet new people and assist our community. If these offerings are not what you are looking for, there is a wider selection of volunteer opportunities at Volunteer Ottawa, a member of the United Way family of agencies. For more information, call us at 613-736-5270, or look us up at www.volunteerottawa.ca.

Respecting our elders: Carleton Lodge, a City of Ottawa Long Term Care home to 160 residents in Ottawa South, has several volunteer positions. Recreation assistants will remind residents of the various activities, encourage participation and help residents get to the venue. Student volunteers from the 40-hour program will work closely with staff and other volunteers to get to know a large number of residents in a fun, recreational setting. Bartenders are needed to serve drinks, put out snacks, collect money, record sales, do routine maintenance, and interact with residents at the Marlborough Pub, which is open every day. Meal assistants are needed to help in a gentle and respectful manner to ensure that the resident’s nutritional needs are met. Special palliative care visitor volunteers are needed to provide emotional and spiritual support to resident and family through active listening, quiet presence and prayer (when appropriate). Training is provided. Contact Mary Zion at 613-580-2424, ext. 36090, or mary.zion@ottawa.ca.

From the heart of Africa to you: Village Link Tanzania aims to connect Tanzanian villagers with opportunities for education and training. This organization believes that villagers should not have to leave their villages in order to improve their livelihoods. They are currently raising funds to build a larger library/vocational training centre. The organization is seeking a volunteer executive secretary to act as a representative of the executive director while she is overseas. This person will provide an essential link between the various facets of the organization. He/she would ensure overall productivity and flow of information. Contact Susan Mintz at 613-406-0746, or at susan@villagelinktanzania.com.

Making a special connection: The Special Needs program of the City of Ottawa, which helps children with special needs to integrate into their mainstream sports/recreation programs, requires a volunteer in the west of the city to help a client with special needs integrate into two recreation programs: Tae Kwon Do and the Above the Rim basketball program. They also need someone in Ottawa west to help a child with autism integrate into a preschool program. Contact Jodie Gilvear 613-580-2424, ext. 41226, or Jodie. gilvear@ottawa.ca An orientation is provided for these positions and a police check, too. For other positions, contact Bronwyn McKee-Buckner at 613-580-2424 ext. 29291, or Bronwyn.mckee-buckner@ottawa.ca.

Support and Accountability: Circles of Support and Accountability is a reintegration program for people who have been incarcerated for committing sex offences and are returning to the community typically after serving their entire sentence. These Core Members, participate in the program voluntarily and are committed to leading offence-free lives. We are looking for volunteers to provide support, practical suggestions, guidance and accountability to the core members. Attend ONE of our Orientation Sessions on Saturday April 21 from 3 to 4 p.m. or Thursday April 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. at St. John’s Church on Somerset Street West. Our Spring training program begins April 28 and runs for five weeks.

Live in the Burbs? LiveWorkPlay have many people looking for matches who live in Orléans, Kanata, Barrhaven or South Keys. If you are interested in spending time doing something you enjoy with a person with an intellectual disability, contact Fran at 613-235-9550, ext. 104, or email fran@liveworkplay.ca

Help a newcomer learn English: English Language Tutoring for the Ottawa Community (ELTOC) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that is looking for volunteers who can tutor English for two to three hours per week to adult newcomers who are unable to go to regular English classes. Contact Jeff at 613-232-8566. Upcoming orientation sessions begin Wednesday.

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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