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.

Volunteers are Vital: Friends of Hospice Ottawa provides supportive hospice palliative care services, including volunteer in-home support, two day hospices, driving, caregiver and bereavement support, community education and awareness. Provide a reassuring presence, companionship, emotional and spiritual support as an in-home palliative care visitor, help in the day hospice or drive palliative care clients to and from daily activities. A mandatory 30-hour palliative care training session is provided. Or, you could help plan an event or help with administrative tasks in the office. Contact Diane Jodouin at 613-591-6002 x.25 or dianejodouin@friendsofhospiceottawa.ca

Opening doors through words: Frontier College is a Canada-wide, volunteer based, literacy organization. Tutors go to Canada’s new frontiers includeing inner city schools and streets, public housing sites, farms, prisons and reserves helping people to acquire literacy skills necessary in today’s world. Tutors are needed all over Ottawa. No teaching experience required. They’ll train you to tutor, and provide support and resources. Once trained, a six-month commitment is needed and you should attend sessions consistently. Tutoring sessions usually take place once a week and last 1 and a half to 3 hours. Bilingual tutors are needed for the bilingual program. Are you open to a variety of people and new experiences, enthusiastic, patient, flexible and creative? Contact Sarah Brydges (613) 816 1403 or sbrydges@frontiercollege.ca.

Variety of Volunteers: Cornerstone Housing for Women provides emergency shelter and supportive housing for a diversity of homeless women. Volunteers play a key role in providing these supports with respect, dignity and discretion. An on-call handy-person is needed to do odd jobs at their four residences. Like cooking? Two of the residences need people to help prepare and serve lunch and supper and help with clean-up. Do you have an artistic eye? A graphic designer and a photographer is also required—not only will you be helping to promote Cornerstone’s message, this is a great opportunity to add to your graphic arts/photography portfolio. A Police Check is required. Interested, contact Karen Ann McKinna at karenann.mckinna@cornerstonewomen.ca

A Mission to Volunteer: A warm, clean bed is important. The Ottawa Mission helps to make sure that homeless people have a warm, clean and safe place to sleep. Volunteers are needed to help provide their clients with a clean bed by assisting in the laundry room. Shifts are available from 1-3 pm every day, including weekends. The position involves folding clean laundry. You can work side by side with a friend or a family member. Without the laundry volunteers, it would be much more difficult to offer clean beds for the night to the homeless. Contact Miriam Paul 613-234-1144 x 297 or mpaul@ottawamission.com.

Bringing the world into the classroom: For 50 years CHF (Canadian Hunger Foundation), has been working with poor rural communities in Africa, Asia and the Americas to help them become architects of their own development and attain sustainable livelihoods. Through CHF’s Global Education Program, CHF supports teachers as they create the next generation of active global citizens. CHF is looking for 20 volunteers to make 8-10 presentations throughout the school year to help educate students and teachers about rural poverty and development issues. Presentations take a half day (morning or afternoon) during school time and takes into consideration travel time to and from the presentation. Volunteers will gain valuable work experience in the not-for-profit, learn about development issues and improve their public speaking, leadership and educating skills. Contact Kim Bouffard globaled@chf-partners.ca or 613-237-0180 ext. 229.

Speak Up: United Way Ottawa is currently recruiting community members to join their Speakers’ Bureau. The Speakers’ Bureau is made up of 40-50 speakers from across the city. Many are employees, volunteers or clients of community agencies, while others are simply people looking to share their story and make change happen in our community. All members of the Speakers’ Bureau receive professional training and information to help shape their presentations. To apply, email infospeakersbureau@unitedwayottawa.ca or call 613-683-3860.

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