Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

August already! Where did the time go? Speaking of time, if you have a little to spare and would like to help others, check out Volunteer Ottawa. Call 613-736-5270 or visit www.volunteerottawa.ca to learn more.

Preserving the past through stories and pictures: Ottawa West Community Support is looking for volunteers to contribute to a West-Ottawa Local History Anthology project. Volunteers will interview local seniors, transcribe interviews, take photographs and participate in the editing process. Bilingual (French/English, Cantonese/English) volunteers would be greatly appreciated, but English only is good too. If you enjoy talking with seniors, writing and have an interest in local history, contact Sharon, 613-728-6016, or email sharon@owcs.ca.

Healthy Harvest: The Ottawa Food Bank wants to create a roster of volunteers interested in supporting our Community Harvest Program that grows fresh produce on land approximately 1/2 hour outside the city. Community Harvest also gleans or collects produce on offer from various farmers in the area. Interested volunteers agree to sign up for email notifications and volunteer requests as they arise throughout the growing season into the fall. Volunteers are then encouraged to respond and sign up for only the dates and times that are of interest to them. This is a great opportunity to help the Ottawa Food Bank supply its member agencies with fresh, nutritious, local produce! Interested? Contact Jo-Anne Turple-Watson 613-745-7001 ex 120 or joanne@theottawafoodbank.ca

Lights, Camera! The Youth Volunteer Engagement Program at Volunteer Ottawa seeks youth aged 16-24 for a series of videos to be used to encourage youth to volunteer and to encourage non-profit organizations to involve youth as volunteers. These are speaking parts that may involve reciting a paragraph or being the “video host and guide” for our virtual volunteer fair. If you are well spoken, energetic yet genuine and ideally a regular volunteer yourself this may be the opportunity for you. Some of the videos can be done from wherever you want and sent in while others will be done at the Volunteer Ottawa office. Contact Damien Martin 613-736-5266 ext 115 or youth@volunteerottawa.ca

Go Greek: The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is helping to recruit volunteers to sell raffle tickets for the 2012 Greek Festival! (Aug 15-26). There are several shifts available each day, and they require at least 4 volunteers/shift—a great opportunity for groups who like volunteering together. The coordinators of the Greek Festival will also provide, for each shift, a drink and food voucher! The festival is at the Hellenic Community of Ottawa, 1315 Prince of Wales Dr. Contact Amanda Ferrier 613-613-761-5045 or aferrier@ottawaheart.ca

Ottawa Greek Fest

Race Day Help: Do you enjoy meeting and mingling with a crowd? Have you got a friendly, outgoing and persuasive nature? If so put your amazing charisma and fantastic selling skills to good use at the 12th Annual Run/Walk in support of Carefor Health & Community Services selling 50/50 tickets Also, as requested by the NCC, a volunteer Road Closure Crew is needed to help with this one-day event. You must be 16 years or older, with access to a cell phone and vehicle. The event takes place on Friday August 31, 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday Sept 1, 5:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility 2960 Riverside Drive (Mooney’s Bay).Contact Melissa Cecchetto 613-749-7557 ext. 2180 or ottawavolunteers@carefor.ca

Like Slo Pitch? Volunteers are needed to help in the Beer Tent at the Barrhaven Mixed Slo-Pitch Baseball League finals tournament in support of the Caring and Sharing Exchange. Duties include serving beer, food, cash handling, set-up and clean-up. Volunteers with vans/cars are also needed to help do food and beer runs to the stores. Volunteers must be 19 years and over and those serving beer must be Smart Serve certified. There is a selection of shifts to choose from at Bell Park and Lions Park from Friday, August 17 to Sunday, August 19. When applying, let us know if you are Smart Serve certified as well as your availability. Proceeds from the Beer Tent will go to providing school essentials to children from low-income families in the Sharing in Student Success program. Contact Sui-Ling Leung 613-226-6434, ext 226 or fundndraising@CaringandSharing.ca

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