Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

In celebration of National Volunteer Week (April 15-21 2012), Volunteer Ottawa will host its fourth annual Volunteer Rendez-vous. Come and meet representatives from eight to 10 of Volunteer Ottawa’s member organizations. This event will take place Wednesday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Volunteer Ottawa Centre C3, 1155 Lola St., Ottawa (wheelchair accessible).

They will describe their volunteer opportunities in a brief presentation. Visit www.volunteerottawa.ca for more information.

Make dreams of independent living come true: Independent Living is about a way of living as a person with a disability in a society full of barriers. This bilingual, non-profit umbrella organization represents and co-ordinates the network of Independent Living Centres (ILCs) at the national level. To this end, they seek a webmaster to review and update the IL Canada website, and its French counterpart. The organization is also looking for a fundraising researcher to assist the director of fund development in researching prospective partners, and a scanning and indexing co-ordinator to scan documents and to assist in the development of an index, then indexing those documents. English and French are required for these positions. Contact Gilbert Brunette at 613-563-2581, ext. 11, or at liaison@ilc-vac.ca.

Assist victims of crime and tragedy: Ottawa Victim Services, which provides emotional support, practical assistance, referrals and advocacy to individuals who have been victimized as a result of a crime or tragic circumstance, is seeking a secretary for its board of directors. The person should have experience or knowledge in the area(s) of fundraising, business, HR, law, marketing, planning, administration or community services, and experience working with non-profit agencies is preferred. This position’s commitment is 10-12 hours per month, and a police check is required. For more information or to submit your résumé for consideration, please contact either Alison or Michael at: ovs.svo.ottawa@gmail.com. An interview may be required.

Come join the team: United Way Ottawa is seeking an administrative support volunteer for its Community Investment Team. This person will assist the Community Investment team with administrative duties such as preparing briefing materials, supporting the agency (answering questions over the phone), supporting agencies in program report completion via phone and/or email, preparing briefing documents, entering data and performing other administrative duties as required. Contact Sara Rad at 613-228-6700 or ssrad@unitedwayottawa.ca.

Computer Tutor: Citizen Advocacy needs an outgoing volunteer to accompany a man with an intellectual disability to the Ottawa Public Library (main downtown branch) and help him learn and practise basic computer skills. You must have: a library card, availability to meet two times per month, an understanding of how to access library computers, sensitivity and patience, knowledge of Hotmail, web browsing, word processing, appropriate YouTube use. You must be able to help this individual to learn about the importance of Internet safety and appropriate Internet use. You will help us to offer some life skills training. Contact Ann 613-761-9522 ext. 248 or aharrison@citizenadvocacy.org.

SmartServe, Anyone? Volunteer Ottawa is holding its second annual Wine Tasting and Art Show on Thursday, April 26, at the C3 Centre, Lola Street and Coventry Road, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Needed are volunteers to serve wine to the guests. In order to do this, you must have taken the SmartServe course. Contact Paula Coons 613-736-5266 ext. 153 or paula@magma.ca.

Driving Force: The Waupoos Foundation provides a nice place to go for holidays for low-income families in the Ottawa community. Drivers are urgently needed to help families to get there and back. Volunteers are also needed for repair work to some of the cottages and to clean up inside and out on May 5 for cleanup day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Make your way to the farm and we’ll supply a chili lunch and lots to keep you busy. Contact Cathy at 613-613-822-2189 or contact@waupoos.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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