Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

Beat the heat by volunteering this summer. You will find many cool volunteer opportunities at Volunteer Ottawa. We’re at 613-736-5270 or visit us at www.volunteerottawa.ca to find the right spot for you.

Memory Box Artists: Roger’s House enriches the lives of children, youth and their families facing progressive life-limiting illnesses by offering different ways to help families create memories of their child’s life. Memory Box Artists play a very important role in assisting Roger’s House with their Bereavement Program by creating painted memory boxes. A great way to contribute your artistic talents and help a grieving family. Volunteers can work from home. Experience as a painter required. You must attend a volunteer information session. Contact Lise Beauchemin 613-526-6300 ext 605 or volunteers@rogershouse.ca

Call for Help: Daybreak is a non-profit charitable, organization providing a long-term affordable housing option to single, low-income adults, in a caring, supportive environment including 24 hour on-call service to their tenants. While volunteers do not directly counsel tenants they guide them to the appropriate resources, such as hospital, police, crisis lines, and to the tenants’ personal supports. Sometimes calls are property related such as a floods or a power outage. A police records check and a commitment of one year are needed. On-call phone and full training is provided. Contact the volunteer coordinator 613-236-8070 ext 225 or volunteer@daybreakhousing.com.

Sharing and Educating: Volunteer Ottawa utilizes a team of volunteer speakers to educate the community about different aspects of volunteering. Currently our Volunteers with Disabilities Coordinator is in the process of developing Disability Awareness Training for our member agencies. Volunteer Ottawa is looking for persons with visible and invisible disabilities who would be interested in assisting with the development and implementation of this training. They will be asked to share their own experience living with disabilities during Disability Awareness Training sessions. This opportunity is great for people with disabilities who would like to take on a leadership role. Want to broaden your professional and social network, develop strong public speaking skills, gain outreach and training facilitation work experience? A Police Check is required and training provided. Contact Ulyana Zanevych 613-736-5266 ext 157 or disabilities@volunteerottawa.ca.

The Green Career Path: Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) and The Community Energy Network of Eastern Ontario are engaging in a partnership to offer career mentoring to new Canadians seeking employment within the green energy sector. The partnership provides an opportunity for internationally educated professionals to work with mentors working within the green energy sector. With the mentors support, mentees will develop an understanding of the Canadian workplace culture and workplace practices within their given sector/profession. Mentors are established professionals working within this sector and willing to set aside time to develop a supportive professional relationship with a mentee. Do you have at least two years of professional working experience in your field in the Ottawa region, a well-developed professional network, willingness to devote time and energy to meet weekly with a mentee for a minimum of three months or until employment is secured? Are you encouraging, supportive, flexible and empowering. A Police Check is required. Contact Hedieh Azad 613725-5671 X 225 or hazad@ociso.org

Needed Everywhere: St. Patrick’s Home is a Catholic, registered, charitable, non-for-profit long term care facility, serving persons of all religious and ethnic origins. Volunteers play many important roles. They are needed to escort residents who use wheelchairs to in-house hairdresser, recreational activities and religious services, as requested. The ability to push a wheelchair, positive, friendly attitude are necessary for this position. Orientation and wheelchair safety and etiquette training are provided. Volunteers are also needed to escort residents to and from religious services and provide some assistance there. Police Records Check and TB Test are needed by all volunteers. Contact Kathy Thompson 613- 613 731-0094 ext 235 or kthompson@stpats.ca.

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