Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

Are you a volunteer with very specific skills? Would you like to share these great skills with your community? If so, forward your information to Volunteer Ottawa. When a non-profit organization that is looking for a volunteer with the skills that you possess, we will send you their information. Check it out at www.volunteerottawa.ca 

Music all around: Chamberfest, from July 26 to August 9, is a worlclass festival, and you can be part of it as a front of the house volunteer. These ushers hand out programs, direct patrons to staff for information, and help seat patrons. You’ll be given Chamberfest shirt to wear with your own black pants and, of course, you’ll hear performances by established artists. Wear comfortable clothes—you may have to stand for long periods. Youth over 16 are welcome. Call Loretta Cassidy at 613-234-8008 ext 242.

Showing the way: Are you a youth between the ages of 19 and 29? Do you want to improve your coaching and leadership skills? Do you want to improve your cross-cultural communication skills? If so, you can volunteer as a youth career mentor with OCISO. Meet with your mentee who is a first or second generation immigrant between the ages of 19-29 once a week for an hour in a public place and help them with their job search strategy: resumes, cover letter, and networking skills. You will develop your coaching and leadership skills, as well as cross-cultural communication skills. Interested? Contact Hedieh Azad 613-725-5671 ext.225 or hazad@ociso.org

Ahoy! Bytown Brigantine, an organization dedicated to building character through the adventure of tall ship sail training, relies on a crew of volunteers. A chart updater is needed to update all BBI charts and relevant publications and keep all corrects logged in the chart correction log. A committee is needed to help prepare for and run a Silent Auction (contacting businesses and individuals to solicit items, collect, catalogue, organize items for display and perform other administrative duties). Volunteer quartermasters are also required to track the movement of equipment and supplies using inventory management software. Contact Shelley Roberts (613) 596-6258 or at volunteer@tallshipsadventures.org

Bytown Brigantine

A Day Away: Harmer House’s Outreach Adult Day Program provides clients with Alzheimer’s disease and/or other impairments with a day of stimulating activities. Required are volunteers who are compassionate, honest and provide true leadership through companionship, encouragement and guidance to assigned client(s) throughout the activities of the day and assist with program operations. If you have patience and dependability; sense of humour; respect and compassion for a client-centered approach, and are available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm. contact Jessica Podpallock, 613-726-8882 ext.223 or

Before, after and during: That’s when The MS Society needs volunteers to help with the annual MS Bike Tour August 11 to 12. Over 600 cyclists will be taking part in the tour from Ottawa to Cornwall and back and volunteers will back them every inch of the way with information, check-in runners, greeters, food services, garbage patrol and cleanup, parking, rest stops and volunteer coordination. Whether you join a cheering section or travel along with a trouble shooter, there’s something for you to do. Call Michelle at 613-728-1583 ext 235 or email to info.ottawa@mssociety.ca

Happy Campers: The City of Ottawa Jack Purcell Community Centre has day camps for all. Camp Summer Rays, for children with visual impairments runs from July 30 to August 3. Activities include, Mont Cascades, drumming workshop, and Downtown Scavenger Hunt foot rally. Rock, Rattle and Roll Summer Camp for kids with physical and/or developmental disabilities, runs from July 3 to 27. Sportfishing, Papanack Zoo, Mud oven pottery painting and drumming workshop are just some of the adventures waiting to happen. A Police Check is required for all volunteers, and you can choose from a flexible schedule. Contact Erica Bialik 613-857-5979.


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