Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

As our kickoff to National Volunteer Week, (April 15-21): Volunteer Ottawa will be staging a “freeze mob” on Thursday, April 12, at Bayshore Shopping Centre in the afternoon. Volunteer “freezers” will stand still and hold signs explaining their reasons for volunteering. Volunteer Ottawa is looking for more participants for this event. See more details on the “upcoming events” section of our website at www.volunteerottawa.ca or email youth@volunteerottawa.ca. You can also call 613-736-5270 for more information.

Become an environmental leader: Maison Tucker House is a charitable retreat and environmental learning centre that promotes sustainable living in Rockland. It conducts workshops and activities at the Rockland facility as well as special events held within Ottawa. This organization seeks volunteers to join its board of directors to provide governance and strategic direction. This is a great opportunity to contribute to improving our local environment, while gaining experience working on the board of directors of an active non-profit organization. Contact Chad Erven at (613) 325-8906, or at chad.erven@gmail.com.

Quench that thirst: Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa will need help at its water station set up for the Ottawa Race Weekend, on Sunday, May 27. Interested? Register online. For more information, contact Eric Lapierre at 613-247-4776, or at ericl@bbbso.ca. The agency is also looking for an event co-ordinator for its Dine Out Day event to co-ordinate the canvassing of various restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, etc., for donations of a portion of their sales on a particular day to Big Brothers Big Sisters. A police check is required for this position. Contact Kathleen Provost at 613-247-4776, or at kathleenp@bbbso.ca.

A call to history buffs: The Nepean Museum, a history museum mandated to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret works of man and nature in the former City of Nepean, seeks a number of volunteers for the Victoria Day Jubilee Tea. These Special Events Assistants will help with the set-up, delivery and takedown of our Victoria Day Jubilee Tea event, hosted on May 18 at Fairfields Heritage Property, at 3080 Richmond Rd. The Museum also needs volunteers for the Annual Doors Open Ottawa, June 2 and 3. Contact Katie Graham at 613-723-7936, or at reception@nepeanmuseum.ca.

On the land or in the water: The Silver Spring Farm Garlic Project is a fundraiser for the Ottawa Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities. Money raised from this project goes toward OCAPDD individuals, many of whom have no families. Each fall volunteers plant between 35,000 to 40,000 garlic bulbs that are then covered for the winter. If you love gardening and want to learn something new this could be the project for you. Also needed are experienced swimmers to assist individuals with an intellectual disability attend a weekly swim group. The women’s group is on Wednesday morning and the men’s group is on Friday morning. Contact Debbie Blasutti at 613-569-8993 ext. 243, or at dblasutti@ocapdd.on.ca.

Group Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteer Ottawa‘s Volunteers with Disabilities Co-ordinator is currently recruiting a group of people with disabilities to participate in a group volunteering project. Participants will be given an opportunity to volunteer for a day to help with a variety of special projects. Some orientation will be provided. This is a great opportunity for those who are looking for full time volunteering, employment or get to know our community through giving back. Contact Ulyana Zanevych 613-736-5266 x 157 or disabilities@volunteerottawa.ca

Take A Seat: SAW Video is an artistrun-centre committed to support ground breaking artistic production, presentation and programming of independent video and media art. They’re seeking volunteer gallery sitters for its upcoming exhibition, Tape Heads: Video Art and Technology in the 1980s at the City Hall Art Gallery from May 11 to July 1, 2012. Sitters are required to ensure the safety of the artifacts on display. The gallery will be open each day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; three-hour shifts available. SAW Video members who work 10 shifts or more will receive $125 in vouchers that can be used for equipment access or workshops. They’ll also be giving away T-shirts and other prizes for the most amount of shifts completed. Contact Lesley Marshall at 613-238-7648 or admin@sawvideo.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!

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