Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

Looking to try new activities, make new friends and broaden your horizons? In this column, you’ll find a variety of opportunities. If none of these postings suits your fancy, contact Volunteer Ottawa at (613) 736-5270. If you prefer to browse the web, go to www.volunteerottawa.ca, and surf at your leisure, choosing among hundreds of other great opportunities, or getting more details about these offers.

Helping Mother Nature: The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada’s voice for public wilderness protection. Its Ottawa Valley Chapter has several priorities including the Ottawa Greenbelt, the Gatineau Park and the Eastern Wolf. If protecting these precious assets is important to you, the organization is looking for volunteers to fill the following posts: Outreach Coordinators, Special Events Volunteer, Volunteer Coordinator for Environmental Group, Gatineau Park Committee Members, Gatineau Park Petition Canvassers, Graphic Designers, Hike Coordinator and Leader, Writers, for our Campaign Chronicles, our hikes, etc. Contact Bob Kronberger at (613) 232-7297 or at ov-volunteer@cpaws.org.

Are you free for an evening? Then this opportunity is for you. The AIDS Committee of Ottawa needs people to do verbal translation from English to French for their Annual General Meeting on the evening of Wednesday June 20th. If you’re available, contact Camille at (613) 238-5014 ext. 228, or at volunteer@aco-cso.ca.

Help in the office: Bruce House is a community-based organization providing housing, compassionate care and support in Ottawa for people living with HIV and AIDS. The organization seeks a non-judgmental volunteer who is sensitive to people’s feelings to provide administrative support to staff, answer phones and greet clients that come for appointments. A police check is required. Contact Linda Truglia at (613) 729-0911, or at linda@brucehouse.org.

Not your regular media gig: Help Lesotho benefits more than 9,000 orphans, vulnerable children, youth and grandmothers with its programs in the remote mountain areas of Lesotho, a nation of abject poverty with the world’s third highest incidence of HIV/AIDS. This organization seeks a journalism student or professional to assist with media relations. The volunteer would research opportunities for media outreach, both in Ottawa and nationally; drafting press releases for events; and support media outreach activities. Contact Kate Herweyer at (613) 369-5864, or at kate@helplesotho.org.

Do you have an eye for artowork? If you have a background in art or deal with art regularly, Carefor Health and Community Services, an organization providing community health care, requires an appraiser of paintings. Recently they received some artwork in-kind that needs accurate appraisal so that the paintings can be put into a raffles and silent auctions to help with their fundraising initiatives. If this is the opportunity for you please email your resume to Melissa at mcecchetto@carefor.ca.

Colonel By Day - Bytown Museum

Celebrating our heritage: On Monday, August 6, the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa will host the 17th Annual Colonel By Day at the site of the Bytown Museum. Photographer’s assistants, set-up/tear-down crew, children’s activities assistants, floaters, volunteer coordinators, technical stage directors, survey administrators, corn husk doll and arts and crafts assistants and exhibitor’s assistants are all needed to help make this day a success. There will be a fun volunteer orientation and training evening. Free admission and tour of the Bytown Museum and free lunch on Colonel By Day, as well as an appreciation party. Contact Kristie Bredfeldt kristiebredfeldt@choocopo.ca or 613-613-562-0405


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