Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

No more classes, no more books – but lots of opportunities to rack up volunteer hours. Whether your tastes are active or passive, indoor or out, you’ll find a compatible volunteer spot by calling Volunteer Ottawa, a member of the family of agencies supported by the United Way. We’re at 613-736-5270 and www.volunteerottawa.ca.

Puis-je vous aider? Volunteer Ottawa is looking for a bilingual volunteer receptionist to help volunteers in our office. Besides meeting and directing clients, the receptionist will deal with telephone calls, and assist with copying and other such tasks. Main computer applications used are MicroSoft Word, Excel and Microsoft Outlook. We ask a minimum of one day or two half-days a week for at least six months. A variety of shifts are available. Call Joan Anderson at 613-736-5266 ext 154 or joan@volunteerottawa.ca

One for the books The Ottawa Public Library Foundation provides leadership and expertise to the library through a volunteer Board of Directors. They’re seeking a treasurer with experience and credentials in accounting and finance, and an understanding of financial accounting and reporting for a not-for-profit organization. They ask a minimum of one year’s service. Call Hunter McGill at 613-233-3472 or email him.

Teamwork Meals on Wheels needs holiday relief for its regular volunteers, delivering and serving meals and friendly checks to persons unable to leave their homes. The teams are made up of a driver and a server – an ideal situation for a parent and a student seeking volunteer hours. Students serving independently must be over 18 years. Some stairs may be involved. Call Terry Moxness at 613-233-2424 or by email.

Fooling around A Company of Fools is at it again, taking Henry V to parks in the community with the help of volunteers from July 2 to August 18. You can volunteer for as many shows as you can handle, handing out programs, selling T-shirts, setting up and tidying up. Come alone or with family and friends, and enjoy Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it. Call Jasmine Murray-Bergquist at 613-863-7529 or log onto volunteers@fools.ca.

Camp Quality Eastern Ontario is a week-long summer camp for children with cancer and it takes place in Lanark, Ontario from August 11th – 17th. For one very special week, it lets kids be kids but it wouldn’t be possible without our amazing volunteer support. You will be expected to stay overnight while the camp is in session. We are still looking for Registered Nurses and Certified Life Guards to make camp a huge success so if you’re interested, please contact Jill Smith at the following: jill.smith@campquality.org or 613-680-3940.

Three-months service The Trade Facilitation Office shares Canadian trade development services with developing countries, through export information, advice and contact. This is done through regularly engaging intern-volunteers in projects led by project managers and officers, who use PowerPoint and other means to present material they have researched and composed. Required are education in a business-related area; communication skills in English and preferably French or Spanish; good computer skills and preferably some experience in or with developing nations. The projects are scheduled from June to August and September to November. Call Danielle Mulligan at 613-233-3925 ext 23.

Fun on the First Canada Day activities at the Diefenbunker have something for everyone—face painting, crafts and games, and the museum itself. Volunteers as young as 13 are welcome, languages other than English may be used, groups are welcome. You must provide your own transportation to Carp. Call Heather Montgomery at 613-839-0007.

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