Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

This edition of the Roundup is filled with plenty of volunteer opportunities that you can get involved in to make our community a better place to live. Find something you like on the Volunteer Ottawa website. Need more help? Contact 613-736-5270 or info@volunteerottawa.ca

Thanks for giving! The Thanks for Giving Food Drive 2012 takes place on October 5-6. Shifts: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm or 1:00pm to 4:00pm In area grocery stores across Ottawa. If you have 3 hours to help fight hunger in your community, the Ottawa Food Bank welcomes you to volunteer during this food drive. Volunteers distribute food drive donation bags to shoppers in pre-selected locations across the city. Shoppers are encouraged to purchase food items and drop them off as they exit the store. A fantastic family or student volunteering opportunity! Email volunteer@theottawafoodbank.ca stating your preferred date/shift time and area of the city and a booking confirmation with all needed details will be sent to you. Or call (613)745-7001 ext 120 to speak with Jo-Anne to register.

Do you have a passion for fitness – and a few hours per week to volunteer? The City of Ottawa Special Needs Services has 4 positions: Friends for Fun, Yoga Partner, Swimming Volunteer, and Sport Volunteer that is right for you, yes you. These therapeutic Recreation Programs offered in various community centres give children, youth and adults with special needs the opportunity to participate in year-round recreation and social activities. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Contact Bronwyn Mckee-Buckner 613-580-2424 ext. 29291 or Bronwyn.Mckee-Buckner@ottawa.ca

Fun and enlightening event! The 3rd Annual Free Thinking Film Festival 2012 will be running between November 1- 4 2012. The Festival features films and speakers on freedom, liberty and democracy! There are opportunities for volunteers to help sell tickets, sell merchandise (books and DVDs), sell food and drink, take tickets, usher patrons, and provide assistance for general clean-up, set-up and coordination. Contact Fred Litwin 613-261-9060 or fred.litwin@gmail.com for further information.

Calling all aspiring projectionists and movie buffsThe Ottawa Family Cinema, a Non-profit movie theatre run by volunteers, is seeking persons interested in being Ushers, Snack Bar Volunteers, and Projection Assistants. Volunteers are needed to greet and seat the audience, help with set-up and take-down of posters, signs and small tables, and help in the snack bar. Family Cinema is also looking for volunteers interested in learning some great technical skills as the projectionist is in need of an assistant. This position may require some heavy lifting of movie reels. Interested volunteers are asked to contact Carole Anne McNeill 819-997-3693 819-997-3693 or at mcneill1955@gmail.com for more information.

Looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child? Do you have strong community commitment and have experience in at least one or more of the following areas: Financial management, fundraising, project management, marketing, business, human resources, policy development, media/PR/social media, engineering, health and previous board experience? Candlelighters is a not for profit organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of children, and their families, coping with childhood cancer and to raise awareness and understanding of the impact of childhood cancer on the children and their families. Contact Jocelyn Lamont at (613) 715-9157 or (613) 715-9157, if you are interested in being a board member and are able to provide a two-year commitment, please e-mail your letter of interest and CV to jocelyn.lamont@candlighters.net. If selected, you will be contacted for a personal interview. We would appreciate receiving your application as soon as possible.

Something for everyone Warm, patient and empathetic volunteers are needed for Friendly Visiting (in person or by phone) and The Good Companions’ supportive Adult Day Program for the frail elderly. We are also looking for a computer savvy volunteer to assist our Fundraising and Marketing Coordinator in researching potential funding sources. If you’re crafty, why not consider teaching a sewing or scrapbooking course? A ballroom dance instructor is also needed! Our Food Services Team is also in need of some dining room and food prep volunteers. Training will be provided and you’ll require a Police Records Check. Interested? Email volunteer@thegoodcompanions.ca or call Robyn Macdonald, Volunteer Coordinator at 613-236-0428 ext 230.

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