Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

Winter is barely over and we’ve already had our first taste of summer. There’s nothing better than volunteering to give you that warm fuzzy feeling, no matter what the season. You will find below a few opportunities to meet new people and assist your community. There is also a great variety 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.

Reaching out to the community: Extendicare Medex, a 193-bed accredited long-term care facility located in Ottawa’s west end that provides 24-hour nursing care, has several postings. A Pub Night volunteer to help once or twice a month, serving drinks and food to our residents and assisting with bringing residents to and from the program. The centre is also searching for outings escorts. Volunteers must have good English skills. Volunteers accompany and assist on outings – no need to drive. A police records check and TB test are needed. Know something about Jamaica? A friendly visitor is needed for a man from Jamaica who enjoys talking about his country and would love to have someone to chat with. If you’re interested in any of these opportunities, contact Louann Sayeau at (613) 225-5650, ext. 401, or at lsayeau@extendicare.com.

The Canadian Tulip Festival
‘s mandate is to preserve the heritage and celebrate the tulip as a symbol of international friendship by engaging local organizers, volunteers, artists, performers, tourists and festival-goers in what has become an annual ritual of spring and one of Canada’s best loved cultural events. This year, they are looking for volunteers to distribute brochures/posters, assist at special events, join the green team, or act as bilingual information officers or hosts/greeters. The festival also needs a boutique representative to be responsible for serving clients, opening and closing the boutique, managing stock, maintaining and laying out stock, keeping the area tidy and other duties. They are also seeking a mission ambassador to liaise, maintain and strengthen community ties. Contact Heidi Duhaime at 613-567-5757, ext. 226.

Daybreak Non-Profit Shelter (Ecumenical) Corp., is a non-profit charitable, organization whose purpose is to provide a long-term affordable housing option to single, low-income adults. It offers tenants their own private, furnished room and shared common areas. The shelter is looking for a handyman or handywoman for everyday, general repairs and maintenance, pickups, deliveries, unit cleaning, light painting, on-call participation, yard work, etc. A police check is required. Contact Claudette Chabot at 613-236-8070, ext. 225, or at volunteer@daybreakhousing.com. The shelter is also seeking people to serve on their board of directors, and work on various committees such as communications and marketing, fundraising and stakeholder relations, finance and audit, volunteer coordination and governance, and human resources. Contact Alice Kubicek at 613-236-8070, ext. 225.

The Ottawa Food Bank collects and distributes food to member agencies serving people in need in the Ottawa area. This year, the Spring Food Drive takes place from March 31, April 1, April 7. Volunteers are needed to help. Shifts: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Please specify if you prefer a location in the east, central or west part of the city of Ottawa. Volunteers will distribute food drive donation bags to shoppers in pre-selected grocery stores. This opportunity is a fantastic family or student volunteering opportunity. Just three hours of your time will go a long way to help the Ottawa Food Bank in the fight against hunger. Please email joanne@theottawafoodbank.ca or call (613) 745-7001 ext. 120 to speak with Jo-Anne to register.

Calling booklovers: Friends of the Ottawa Public Library, whose aim is to support, promote and enhance the services of the Ottawa Public Library, are looking for volunteers to sort and pack books. Some lifting is required. Knowledge of books or online selling is an asset. Willingness to participate in monthly Saturday sales is appreciated. If you are available Mondays, Tuesdays, or Fridays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., contact Marie Petersen, at 613-580-2424, ext. 14383, or at marie.petersen@biblioottawalibrary.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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