Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

Are you searching for something worthwhile to do this summer? Here are a few great opportunities to get involved in your community, whatever your interests. If you are looking for something else, contact 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, or obtain more details about these offers.

Serving our seniors: Longfields Manor, a long-term care facility for seniors who need 24-hour nursing care, is looking for friendly visitors, garden helpers, a reception assistant (a police check is required) and activity helpers to interact with our senior residents and enrich their lives. Contact Monty Domingo at (613) 823-8999, ext. 225, or at monty.domingo@reveraliving.com.

Food for thought: The Ottawa Food Bank, which collects and distributes food to member agencies serving people in need in the Ottawa area, seeks volunteer driver assistants, especially for Monday mornings. They will assist our drivers as they deliver food to our community agencies across Ottawa and must be able to lift at least 30 lbs and have closed footwear (steel-toed if possible). Contact Jo-Anne Turple-Watson at (613) 745-7001, ext. 120, or at joanne@theottawafoodbank.ca.

The Caring and Sharing Exchange - VolunteersFrom beer tent to Board table: The Caring and Sharing Exchange, which co-ordinates services for organizations such as social agencies, schools, health services, and faith communities in the Greater Ottawa Area, is seeking volunteers for two separate activities.
The organization is looking for people of legal drinking age for its Beer Tent at the Barrhaven Mixed Slo-Pitch Baseball League mid-season tournament. Those serving beer must have Smart Serve certification. The Exchange is also looking to recruit several new Board Directors who possess enthusiasm for giving back to the local community. Contact Sui-Ling Leung at (613) 226-6434, ext. 226, or at fundraising@CaringandSharing.ca.

Apple is not just a computer company: This APPLE, A Post Psychiatric Leisure Experience, is calling for volunteer peer support helpers in our psychiatric drop-in centre to assist our members with recreation, leisure activities, search for resources in the community, just be a friend and lend a compassionate ear. Contact William Ayotte at (613) 238-1209, or at contact_apple@hotmail.com.

Crafty Volunteers: The Immigrant Women Services Ottawa helps immigrant women, especially those fleeing violence in the home. Can you show others how to learn basic jewellery techniques (such as wire jewellery pearl knotting and crochet jewellery), crafting with recycled paper beads, feather headpieces, flower vases and headbands, basic knitted scarves, wind chimes, embroidery, stencil painting and making crafts from recycled fabric? If so, they need an arts and crafts facilitator. Crafts not your thing? They also need a bilingual (English/French) volunteer to help in their office. A police check is required. Call (613) 729-3145, and contact with either Christine, at ext. 260, or at christine@immigrantwomenservices.com; or Loubna at ext. 261, or at loubna@immigrantwomenservices.com.

Talk the talk: English Language Tutoring for the Ottawa Community (ELTOC) is a non-profit, volunteer based organization that is looking for volunteers that can tutor English for 2-3 hours per week to adult newcomers who are unable to go to regular English classes. The tutoring is done in the student’s home. Training, instructional materials and ongoing support is provided. For more info contact Jeff at 613-232-8566. *Upcoming orientation sessions begin on June 11!*

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