Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

The first day of fall will soon be here. Fall into some great volunteer opportunities at Volunteer Ottawa, a member of the United Way family of organizations. For further information visit our website or call 613-736-5270 or info@volunteerottawa.ca.

Building skills, building confidence: Christie Lake Kids is a non-profit organization that serves Ottawa’s at risk children and youth ages 6-17. They offer a variety of programs in a number of communities throughout Ottawa to help kids to learn and grow. Do you like to cook, play guitar, skate? Are you artistic? Do you like to play hockey? Volunteers can help kids to learn and have fun. A police records check is required. Contact kasey Boudreau 613- 742-6922 ext 228 or kboudreau@christielakekids.com

Our furred and feathered friends: The Constance Creek Wildlife Refuge provides rehabilitation care to injured and orphaned wild animals, education and advocacy and provides a safe, caring home for unwanted farm animals. Besides working directly with the animals, volunteers are required to work on important fund raising projects. Also, a project coordinator will work with the Executive director and volunteers to develop a list of projects. This will include creating lists of supplies needed, estimated cost, urgency/priority and the person-power needed to complete each project. A volunteer coordinator is also needed to help to manage the team of volunteers. Interested? Contact Lynne Rowe at 613-222-4719 or lynne@ccwr.ca

Constance Creek Wildlife Refuge

H.E.L.P. where help is needed: The Canadian Red Cross Society is known throughout the world and here at home for helping people in need. Do you like helping people? As a volunteer with the Health Equipment Loan Program you will process general phone and walk-in inquiries, provide program information to clients and/or transfer them to appropriate program staff, serve clients,(many of whom are seniors), arrange referrals with medical professionals and to other community agencies, complete intakes, provide equipment to clients, process payments, provide usage and safety instructions and perform other office duties as needed. A police check is required. Contact Paulette Hammell 613-560-7220, ext.223 or at paulette.hammell@redcross.ca.

Light the Night: On Saturday October 13, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will host a special evening. Thousands of participants will carry illuminated balloons as they walk from Marion Dewar Plaza (Ottawa City Hall) down Queen Elizabeth Driveway to the Pretoria Bridge and back to the festivities at Marion Dewar Plaza. There will be live entertainment, food and activities. These walkers will raise funds for vital, lifesaving research and patient services. Positions include Route Marshall (Queen Elizabeth Drive); registration, volunteer or food areas. Contact Joanne McDonald 613-271-2713 or joanne@jmaeventplanning.com

Conversation and homework: The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre offers conversation groups to those wanting to improve their English and French. One of these is a French and Social Language Social Club where volunteers can help participants to use and develop their skills in conversational French. And, back to school means back to the books. Homework Club helpers are needed for Chinese immigrant youth to help them with English, French, and Math homework. You do not have to be a teacher, but you must have coaching or teaching experience, and be interested in helping the youth learn and complete their homework. The Homework Club is at the Centrepointe library on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:30. Contact Doreen Ju 613-235-4875 Ext. 144 or doreen.ju@occsc.org

Partners for Progress: The Canadian Mental Health Association has a peer support program which matches volunteers, who have themselves experienced mental health issues and other health challenges, to persons with similar issues. Peers meet weekly to provide companionship and to allow the partners an opportunity to participate in social recreational activities. The goal of this partnership is to provide both participants an opportunity to establish a mutually beneficial and supportive relationship; a relationship in which the participants discover and develop their own unique personal and communal potential. The program encourages the participants to develop qualities such as dignity and self-worth through relationships in which they are valued, respected and supported. It provides a way to develop personal growth and satisfaction through supporting another person. They discover ways to contribute to their community that are empowering and allow everyone involved to fulfill their potential. A police records check is required. Contact Tyrone Gamble 613-737-7791 x118 or tgamble2@cmhaottawa.ca

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