Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

April and its showers are behind us and many May flowers have already started to bloom. If you feel the urge to go out and play, here are several opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and help your community at the same time. If these postings don’t appeal to you, just call Volunteer Ottawa, a member of the United Way family of agencies, at (613) 736-5270 or use the web www.volunteerottawa.ca, where you can surf at your leisure and choose among hundreds of other great opportunities.

Movers and shakers needed to answer the calls: The Furniture Bank Program at Matthew House Ottawa supports refugees and others in need throughout the city, by providing good quality donated furniture and household items.  They are looking for a receptionist to check voicemail, return calls and answer incoming calls, book appointments and help clients who are in need of furniture. They also need a punctual furniture mover who can lift 50-75 pounds continuously for up to 3 hours on the team.  Finally, they need a personable professional with cultural sensitivity and the ability to build rapport in a diverse multicultural setting, with a concern for the well-being of individuals, families and communities, as their Client Service Representative. Contact Sue Stewart at 613-240 6680, or at volunteeratfbo@gmail.com.

Concerned about safety? Blair Court Community House is organizing its Community Safety Day on Saturday May 12th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Coronation Park located in the Riverview area.  During the event, community members can sign up for the new Neighbourhood Watch program, help kick off 2012 Police Week as well as gain important information regarding safety for the whole family.  There will be a free BBQ and lots of activities for those in attendance. They seek volunteers to help with numerous activities during this event. Contact Kristy Donnelly at (613) 736-1366, or at blaircourt@rogers.com

Showing the Way through Mentoring:  The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre’s Employment Mentoring Program trains volunteers, who have several years of IT, Accounting and other professional and/or human resources related experience, to help Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs) pursue their career advancement in Canada. All volunteer mentors and mentees take the program together, and participants learn practical job search techniques, practice in small groups and engage in mock interviews. After training, mentees are matched with an appropriate mentor who will provide one to one support once a week for a minimum of 3 months. Interested? Please contact Doreen Ju at 613.235.4875 ext.144, doreen.ju@occsc.org. Orientation held on May 15. Space is limited to 15 participants, training starts from May 17th, 2012

Want to join the Vélorution? Capital Vélo Fest, an Ottawa based non-profit corporation with the mission to Inspire People of All Ages To Ride A Bike More Often, seeks volunteers for its 2 day bicycle festival. On Saturday June 2nd, activities include a free Bike Rodeo at Ottawa City Hall with cycling information, demonstrations, entertainment and games, and a Tour La Nuit, a bike ride under the stars without any cars on closed off streets. On Sunday June 3rd, they reach out with cycling events in Ottawa East and Hintonburg. They seek set up and take down volunteers, bike rodeo guides, safety monitors for the night ride, road barrier set up assistants, and a volunteer administrative assistant, as well as volunteer photographers/videographers and street musicians.  Contact Dick Louch at (613) 795-7954, or at capitalvelofest@gmail.com.

Biking for a good cause: Meals on Wheels, a volunteer-based support service that delivers nutritious meals to individuals, in order to assist them in maintaining their health and independence at home, is calling for cyclists. Make a difference by delivering meals to people on your bike for a greener and healthier community! This programme is offered in the Centretown area. Meal carriers will be provided to volunteer cyclists. A police check is required. Contact Terry Moxness at 613-233-2424, or at terry@mealsonwheels-ottawa.org.

Lend me your eyes: CNIB is an organization that passionately provides community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. This organization is searching for volunteers in our region to visit with blind or partially sighted people living in various areas, such as Dow’s Lake, Britannia, Kanata, Ottawa South and South-East, Smith’s Falls, Ottawa West, etc. Training on sighted guide techniques is offered and a police check is required. Contact Perpetua Quigley at (613) 563-4021, ext. 5002, or at perpetua.quigley@cnib.ca.

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