Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

Hooray for summer! There are plenty of opportunities to rack up Community Service volunteer hours and fill in for volunteers who may be taking a break themselves. Whether you’re looking for short-term or longer-term opportunities, 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.

Joining in the fun: Anglican Social Services Centre 454 is a weekday drop-in centre providing support to those who are marginalized, homeless or at risk of homelessness. Volunteers are needed to assist staff with Reception and the Social Recreation Program. In social recreation, volunteers engage with participants in activities such as cards, board games, various groups: literacy, literary, arts and crafts. The ideal volunteer would be professional, passionate and compassionate and able build relationships while maintaining appropriate boundaries with our participants. Volunteers encourage a sense of community at the Centre along with staff. Contact Elizabeth Tyrwhitt ( 613) 235-4351 x 229 or Elizabeth.tyrwhitt@ottawa.anglican.ca 

Talent Time! Are you looking to showcase your talent?!? Have you ever dreamed about being a movie star? Well this is your chance! If you have a unique talent that you would like to share (eg. belly dancer, bollywood dancer, comedian) or if you are a movie star look-alike, come and ‘shine’ for one or two hours because Volunteer Ottawa needs you! Volunteer Ottawa is holding our second annual VOscars (Volunteer Oscars) at the Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport on September 20th, 2012. Contact Paula Coons 613-736-5266 ext 153 or paula@volunteerottawa.ca

Festival Time: Every year, the Capital Pride festival is organized by a group of dedicated and hard-working volunteers. Professional, talented and committed volunteers are needed to take on specific coordinator roles for the 2012 Festival (August 17 – 26). They need a Health and Fitness Coordinator to plan and execute a fun-filled day of events (Saturday August 25, 2012) related to health and fitness for all ages and abilities, as well as to coordinate health info booths You will work with community groups and other Coordinators and secure refreshments. A Site Set-up Coordinator is needed to plan and execute the overall process of the Main Site of the Capital Pride Festival Weekend (City Hall – August 24-26). Responsibilities include planning and design of the site set-up and establishing contracts for exterior fencing, utilities, food vendors, stage, bar, and others. Liaising with other Coordinators, become familiar and comply with City of Ottawa by-laws and licensing. Contact Sarah Overon sarah@capitalpride.ca or 613.252.7174.

Easter Seals - Bring on the Bay Swim

On water or land: The 6th annual Bring On The Bay Swim is in support of Easter Seals Ontario, helping kids with physical disabilities succeed. Be a part of the 3km open-water swim at the Nepean Sailing Club and Britannia Yacht Club without even getting wet! Volunteer on Saturday, July 14 from 6:30am – 11:30am to help with athlete registration and check in, swimmer direction/organization at the waterfront, transport swimmer belongings, breakfast, or give out medals to swimmers! Parking attendants and kayakers are also needed on race day to make sure everyone is safe and organized. Please contact Jenna Lambert at 1-888-667-0043 ext. 223 or ottawa1@easterseals.org

Get-Togethers: PTS—Ottawa’s Queer Community Centre is looking for one or two people to coordinate social activities. Help to organize a monthly movie night and Xbox tournaments. They’re also looking for volunteers to host community get-togethers in different parks around the city during the spring, summer and early fall. This opportunity is great for anyone who enjoys fitness, gaming, movies and community gatherings. Interested? Contact Kayla at volunteer.coordinator@ptsottawa.org

Calling west-enders! Friendly visitors provide one-to-one social interaction with elderly individuals within a retirement home setting. Can you work independently, carry a conversation, help a senior enjoy recreational activities like playing cards, going for a walk? Volunteers would provide meaningful interactions with others. Companion volunteers help elderly people to and from various appointments within the retirement residence. Due to mobility and memory issues, elderly residents need some help. A companion would ensure that individuals are able to have their hair done and attend recreation activities without getting lost or disoriented on their way to or from activities. A Police Check will be required. Contact Emera Kennedy 613-820-7333 Emera.Kennedy@reveraliving.com

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