Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

There’s music in the air, visitors in our city, and volunteers at the ready. It’s summer in Ottawa, and there’s a host of new things to do and people to meet. Be a part of the action. Volunteer Ottawa can guide you to where and when you’re needed. Just call 613-736-5270 or check www.volunteerottawa.ca.

The Ottawa Airport is currently recruiting volunteers for their information desk. They are looking for people who speak both English and French, have great communication skills, and have customer service experience. For the early-birds, there are shifts starting as early as 7 am, and there are also many evening and weekend shifts available. For those who want to get fit while volunteering, we also have openings for Rovers – volunteers that walk throughout the airport and assist with way-finding.

Facing the music: Music and Beyond will be presenting 75 concerts of classical music in the 11 days from July 4 to 15, and they can’t do it alone. They need volunteers in the front of the house and backstage, selling tickets and merchandise, helping with fundraising and publicity and advertising, proofreading and English-to-French translation. If you’re looking for Community Service hours for graduation, they have those and all venues are accessible. For more information, get in touch with Nathalie Prevost at volunteer@musicandbeyond.ca or call  613-241-0777

Music & Beyond Festival

Tutoring for the future: The Ottawa Orleans Somali Community Organization is dedicated to provision of services to develop the skills of their community, particularly the women, children and youths. One way is through a program of tutoring and homework help in small groups, meeting at the C3 Centre at 1155 Lola street. The organization is also looking for someone with good communication skills and some understanding of the grants process to write a proposal to the Trillium Foundation to establish a model for a new tutoring program in elementary and high schools, in English and French. Call Nasir Hagi at 613-683-8010 or nasirhagi@yahoo.ca

Making a home: Abbeyfield Houses Society is a non-profit agency that provides a home for independent seniors. The society is run by a volunteer board of directors, and they’re looking for persons to fill that board by July 1. They ask a commitment of a couple of hours a week for a year, more if desired. There’s free parking during your board tasks. Find out more from Philippe Desrocher at abbeyfot@magma.ca or leave a message at 613-729-4817

Will help for food: The Bushtukah Canada Day Race will be held July 1st at Earl of March High School, and they need 26 volunteers to keep things moving. Beginning at 6:30 am, the volunteers will staff the water stations, registration, recovery tent, route marshals and parking. Cleanup should end about 11:30 am Remember to dress for the weather – rain gear, sunblock. You’ll be helping the Kanata Food Cupboard. Contact Kerry Beer at volunteer@kanatafoodcupboard.ca.

Food and drink and happy campers: Watson’s Mill begins the summer on Sunday June 24th at a strawberry social at the mill with shortcake, lemonade, music and volunteers taking tickets, whipping cream, meeting and greeting and taking pictures. On July 13th, it’s beer tasting, with appetizers and more music starting at 3 pm with setup, front desk, servers, raffle sales an cleanup. Volunteers must be 19 years of age. It continues on August 10th with wine tasting and music. All summer long, after July 9th, there’s the annual Mini-Wheats day camp, facilitated by staff and camp assistants – anyone over 15 welcome. For any or all of these opportunities, call Melanie Parker at 613-692-6455 or watsonsmillmanotick@rogers.com.


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