Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

There are almost as many volunteer opportunities available as there are leaves on the ground at this time of year. Find the one that’s right for you at Volunteer Ottawa.

Mentor those in need. Sisters Achieving Excellence (SAE) provides literacy, leadership and employability programming to young women at risk of becoming in conflict with the law in the Ottawa area and are looking for mentors to help young women who are at risk. As a volunteer, you will improve young women’s abilities to communicate their needs, advocate for themselves and others, and enhance their leadership qualities. Police check required. Please contact Bailey Reid at sistersachievingexcellence@hotmail.com or 613-853-1033 if interested.

Inspire youth into action: The DILA (Day of Information for a Lifetime of Action) Conference takes place on October 24th at the University of Ottawa. This conference helps to educate youth about the benefits and rewards of involvement and volunteerism. Inspiring, energetic volunteer facilitators are needed to lead a group of 20 high school students through the day. Can’t make the conference? You can help with pre-conference logistical roles or help when you can. Contact Jason Collard 613-562-5800 ext 6769 or businesses@sfuo.ca

DILA Conference

Recreation for all abilities: The Gloucester Association for Children with Special Needs is a group dedicated to providing Special Needs children with a fun Saturday afternoon of swimming, crafts, and meeting friends. The group meets from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Orleans Recreation Centre (Bob MacQuarrie R.C.) from mid-September until June. They go swimming and then enjoy crafts, games and music. The group also goes on various outings (movies, bowling, museums, etc) throughout the year. Most of the participants require some “one on one” assistance or direction. Volunteers will require a Police Records Check. While all volunteers are welcome, currently there is a need for male volunteers (ages 16-24). Contact: volunteers@gacsn.org.

Something for Everyone: Y’s Owl Maclure Co-operative Centre, in partnership with the Community, creates daytime opportunities including employment, for people with disabilities through programs and supports aimed at training and skill development, encouraging community involvement and respecting the dignity and choice of each individual. Volunteers may work directly with clients as music/drama instructors or lifestyle instructors. A handy-person is needed on occasion to perform repairs and installations as needed. Also, contract development volunteers are required to foster relationships within the community. Board members are also required to make sure that this organization continues its valuable work. Contact Hugh Nelson, 613-721-1500 or hnelson@ysowlmaclure.org

ACE Volunteers: ACEworks Support Network provides an adult day service centre that supports adults with a range of disabilities with social, life skills, academic, vocational, recreational programs, physical activities, and community based outings and activities. Volunteer supports enable participants to get involved in a variety of programs, including the iCAN employment program. Consistency, minimum of a 3-hour weekly commitment and a Police Records Check with the Vulnerable Sector are needed. Also, Volunteers are needed to develop and implement fundraising and sponsorship strategies and efforts, including: grant application and fundraising events. New initiatives and suggestions are encouraged. Contact Haeree Han 613-883-5808 or volunteer@aceworks.ca.

Home Away From Home: Ronald McDonald House has two Family Rooms at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario as an extension of the Ronald McDonald House program to provide families with care, comfort, respite and privacy—an oasis during a difficult time. Volunteers will greet families, making them feel welcome in a home-like atmosphere and providing emotional support. Duties also include light housekeeping, making snacks and offering beverages. Some administrative work will also be required. Four-hour shifts are available 7 days/week. Contact Candis Stona at 613-737-5523 – ext 224 or cstona_rmhottawa@rogers.com

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