Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

These days, Mother Nature does not seem to be able to make up her mind. If you still want to go out and play, some of the offerings this week will fill your bill. If these offers aren’t a match for you, please feel free to call Volunteer Ottawa, a member of the United Way family of agencies, at 613-736-5270. If you prefer to use the web, look us up at www.volunteerottawa.ca, where you can surf and choose among hundreds of other great opportunities.

Salvation Army

Inside/Outside: Do you enjoy going to movies, museums and other events around Ottawa? The Salvation Army, Ottawa Booth Centre, provides many diversified programs and services to the homeless, hungry, unemployed and lonely to promote renewal of the body, mind, and spirit. They’re looking for events support volunteers to assist with activities (outings) with clients. Some clients have medical issues, physical disabilities (some use wheelchairs) and there is the possibility of substance abuse issues. Activities include movie outings, sports, crafts, cooking and leisure walks, volunteer expenses being paid by the organization. They’ll cover the cost of the required police records checks. Or, if reception is more your thing, they have an urgent need for a receptionist to perform basic office duties and be the first point of contact for visitors. You must have a calm, non-judgmental, professional attitude, the ability to work with a diverse clientele, and be able to observe confidentiality. This is a crucial role, therefore reliability is extremely important. Contact Theresa Antonietti, at 613-241-1573, ext. 246, theresa_antonietti@ottawaboothcentre.org.

Calling all green (or not so green) thumbs: Fletcher Wildlife Garden, on the east side of Prince of Wales Drive near the Experimental Farm, is looking for volunteers for its three weekly groups and other special events. Groups meet on Tuesday and Friday mornings, 9-12, and Wednesday evenings, 6-dusk. Activities include tree plantings, removing invasive plants, preparing and tending garden beds, potting plants etc. Special events include planting the model Monarch Waystation in May and four work bees on Sunday mornings in July, August and September to remove invasives. Activities start at the Interpretation Centre. Work gloves, tools and training provided, but volunteers should dress for the weather and the work and bring their own water. Further information via email at fletcher@ofnc.ca; messages can be left at 613-234-6767. Please allow several days for replies.

How to participate in the Ottawa Race weekend without running: The YMCA-YWCA, a leading resource for health, fitness and recreation, child care, camping and outdoor education, and social services is calling for many volunteers to man its Y Hydration stations and helping out at the Y Kids Marathon Recovery Area. As a partner charity and title sponsor of the Y Kids Marathon, the organization needs many volunteers to help it. Contact Anne Paliwal, at 613-237-1320 ext. 5128.

Getting serious about hunger: For 50 years CHF (Canadian Hunger Foundation), a dynamic Canadian NGO, has been working with poor rural communities in Africa, Asia and the Americas to help them become architects of their own development and attain sustainable livelihoods. This organization is looking to fill two volunteer positions of Lead volunteer: a Global Educator Coordinator and an Events and Professional Development Key Volunteer. These positions have distinct but complimentary roles in the promotion of the CHF’s Global Education Program. Contact Kim Bouffard at 613-237-0180 ext. 229, or at globaled@chf-partners.ca.

For children in both official languages: The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre offers a vast array of confidential services and programs to benefit individuals of all ages in the Goulbourn, Kanata and West Carleton areas. The Centre is seeking an Early Years Centre Drop-in Assistant for its program at the Carp Memorial Hall. You would assist with day-to-day activities of the drop-in program, making participants feel welcome and comfortable. The drop-in program provides support for parents, childcare providers and children under the age of 6. Parlez-vous Francais? Our Thursday morning French Drop-In (8:45 am to 12 pm) is looking for a volunteer to help with set up, clean up, interacting with parents & children and craft preparation. The children are between 0-6. Are you personable, independent and speak French? The program is located at 2 MacNeil Court. All volunteers require an interview, reference check and a Police Records Check. Please contact Laine Johnson at 613-591-3686 x 280.

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