Here’s a selection of opportunities to meet new people and assist your community. If you don’t find something to your liking, please call Volunteer Ottawa, a member of the United Way family of agencies, at 613-736-5270, or look us up at www.volunteerottawa.ca.
Ahoy, mateys: Bytown Brigantine, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to building character through the adventure of tall ship sail training, is seeking volunteers with various skill sets. The organization provides young people with sailing skills, leadership training, challenges and memories to last the rest of their lives. Under the guidance of our certified crews, they will work as a team, build confidence and create lasting friendships. To achieve this aim, they are looking for people to fill various vacancies: silent auction committee, volunteer co-ordinator, shore co-ordinator, quartermaster, teacher and general labourer. A police check is required. Contact Jason McNaught at 613-596-6258, or at email@example.com. For the co-ordinator or general labourer positions, contact Natalie Park at the same number or address.
For many, hunger isn’t a game: The Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard, which provides food to people who live in the North Gloucester and West Orléans area, needs your help on its volunteer board of directors. Meetings are once a month in the evening, except during the summer months and December. It’s a great introduction to the operation and administration of charitable organizations. Interested candidates should send their résumé to Gwen Bouchard at 613-749-4728, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get to know your neighbours: The Community Cup 2012 is a free multi-generational and multicultural community building and activity filled day-long event featuring a recreational coed soccer tournament being held in Brewer Park for its eighth year on June 24. Organized by the Catholic Centre for Immigrants, Ottawa, this fun-filled day also boasts international foods, music, demonstration sports, a citizenship ceremony, kids’ activities, live entertainment and much more. We are looking for volunteer greeters and engagers, safety and security, setup and take-down, stage support and much more. Please contact email@example.com.
Calling all fundraising professionals: A joint program of Volunteer Ottawa, Volunteer Canada, and Social Planning Council of Ottawa that aims to explore and support skill-based volunteering is seeking people with fundraising or grant-writing experience to mentor a group of volunteers. The volunteers will be asked to give a minimum of two to three hours a month (evenings) between now and September to train members of the Ottawa Ethno-Cultural Coalition in how to write funding applications. Contact Joan Anderson at 613-736-5266, ext. 154, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maple sugar season is here! The Museoparc, a museum dedicated to preserving Vanier’s rich history and culture, celebrates this season each year by offering visitors the opportunity to visit a sugar bush – without leaving Ottawa. Volunteers are needed in many areas, including meal preparation, serving meals and maple sugar snacks to visitors, greeting visitors and offering information and directions during this busy season. Volunteers can choose the time of day and the day of the week. A perfect opportunity for students looking for volunteer hours. Contact Gisèle Vallée at 6138596382 or email@example.com.
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!