Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

The weather is really warming up and all kinds of activities are being planned throughout the city. If you want to take part in some events, the following organizations could use your help. If none of these postings appeal to you, just call Volunteer Ottawa at (613) 736-5270. If you prefer to use the web, look us up at www.volunteerottawa.ca, where you can surf at your leisure and choose among hundreds of other great opportunities.

Over the edge: The Ottawa Fringe Festival, a theatre and performing arts festival where artists, patrons and volunteers get to interact in a fun, exploratory environment, runs June 14-24, 2012. It is looking for volunteers to work at least 3 shifts each throughout the festival. Positions include: box office assistant, usher, venue manager, courtyard captain, security, raffle sales, and survey squad. Many activities take place outside, some are wheelchair accessible. Contact Louisa Haché at (613) 232-6162, or at volunteer@ottawafringe.com.

Fascinated by big trucks: Mothercraft Ottawa, which offers innovative programs to meet the needs of families and providers in the community, is hosting a Touch a Truck Event to bring Ottawa families together for a fun time to explore the big trucks in our community. They are seeking volunteers for set up and tear down, truck attendants, arts and crafts crew members, stage crew members, gate staff, etc. Lunch is provided to all volunteers who begin their shift by 9 am. Contact Shannon MacFarlane at (613) 728-1839, ext 227, or at smacfarlane@mothercraft.com.

Go beyond just thinking green: Ecology Ottawa, a not-for-profit organization working to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada, is planning several activities this summer and is looking for volunteers to help in different capacities. Volunteers who wish to help before and during the Great Glebe Green Garage Sale on Saturday May 26th can contact Jennie Videto at (613) 234-6348, or at jennie_videto@hotmail.com. People willing to assist in organizing the Ottawa Solar Fair on June 9th at City Hall can contact Janice Ashworth at (613) 860-5353, or at janice.ashworth@ecologyottawa.ca. If you would prefer to help organize the Ecology Ottawa Annual Dinner, you can also contact Janice Ashworth at the preceding number or e-mail address. The organization is also looking for volunteers to staff the Ecology Ottawa booth at various events in May across Ottawa. If this interests you, contact Jenelle Orchard at (613) 860-5353, or at jenelle.orchard@ecologyottawa.ca.

It’s a whole ‘nother ballgame matey: The Ottawa Swans Australian Football Club is seeking a volunteer coordinator to recruit and assign volunteers for a vibrant amateur not-for-profit sporting organization. They are also looking for reliable, enthusiastic people to help with their 9 home games, at the welcoming booth, and as boundary umpires, goal umpires, timekeepers/score keepers during the summer months at the Rideau Carleton Raceway, from May to August. Contact Alp Oran at (613) 236-1704, or preferably by e-mail at aoran@uottawa.ca.

Looking good, feeling good:  Imagine how you feel when you’ve just had your hair done! The residents of the Garry J. Armstrong Long Term Care Facility feel the same! Needed are volunteers to help escort and porter residents to and from their hair appointments, a great socialization opportunity and good experience for those considering working with seniors. The hairdressing service is located in-house and  open 5 days a week during the daytime—flexible times available. Do you play music, play cards, like reading to others—all skills/talents welcome!  Orientation/training will be provided and a Police Check is required. The Residence is located on Porter’s Island. Contact Julien Roberge 613-580-2424 ext. 22950  or  julien.roberge@ottawa.ca.

Onstage and Off:  The Shenkman Arts Centre is accepting applications for volunteers on their House Crew and their Stage Crew. In this position you will work as an usher, ticket taker and greeter. If you enjoy working with the public, if you would like to be involved in performance arts then the House Crew is for you.  You must be 16 years of age or over and training is provided.  If you are more of a behind the scene person, consider the Stage Crew.  After your training you will work as a stagehand and help with lighting and sound, stage set and take down.  You must be 18 years of age and over.  For information please contact Connie Cole at 613-580-2424 (16071) or connie.cole@ottawa.ca.   You may also attend a Volunteer Information Session on Thursday May 17th, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard in Orleans.

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