Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

This edition of the Volunteer Round Up is dedicated to Elaine Lund, a volunteer who created this column from 1999-2011 and who passed away on Nov. 12. We are most grateful for her reliability, creativity, humour, a way with words, and dedication to Volunteer Ottawa’s staff and volunteers. She will be missed by all whose lives she touched.

Have a talent for wrapping? Hopewell has an urgent need for holiday gift wrappers in the month of December to fill three-hour shifts. Get in the spirit! 100 per cent of proceeds will go to Hopewell. Are you recovered from an eating disorder for at least two years? Become a mentor with the “Bridging the Gap” Program — a mentoring program to help support individuals 13 years of age and up who are transitioning from eating disorder therapy/treatment back into their daily lives. Hopewell need volunteer mentors aged 30 and over and male mentors. Please call or email Karen Donohue at info@hopewell.ca or 613-241-3428.

Seeking lawn, garden, snow removal volunteer: The ALS Society is looking for a volunteer to perform lawn, garden, and mostly snow removal in the West end of Ottawa. You will be required every two weeks or more for two-to four-hour shifts. Police check required. Please contact Kelly Entwistle at ke@als.ca or 1-866-611-8545 x344 for more information.

People helping people since 1915: The Caring and Sharing Exchange is a local charity that provides assistance to Ottawa families and individuals in need, during the Christmas season and the back-to-school season. They are looking to fill a variety of positions involving holiday events: bottle drivers for ‘Running on Empties’ event on Saturday, Dec. 15, and donation collectors around Rideau Centre for the ‘Christmas Cheer Broadcast’ on Thursday, Dec. 6. Please contact Sui-Ling Leung at fundraising@CaringandSharing.ca or 613-226-6434 x226 for more information.

caring and sharing exchange - running on empties

Enjoy planning events? Easter Seals Ontario is looking for committee members for their 7th annual ‘Bring on the Bay Swim’ event. The positions include parking/ logistics, tech/sound, spreadsheet maker, co-ordinator, social media specialist, and BYC/finish coordinator. Please contact Krystal Walters at kwalters@easterseals.org or 613-226-3051 x222.

Experience in HR? Gloucester Housing Corporation is a thriving non-profit whose business is community and the management of affordable and market rent housing in Ottawa. A volunteer with human resources experience is needed to fill a board member position; you will meet with the board on the second Thursday of each month to provide advice on HR and governance issues. Police check required. Please contact Ann Smith atann.smith@gloucesterhousing.ca or 613-748-6606 x304.

Raiser’s Edge: The Alzheimer Society needs a volunteer with Raiser’s Edge training to help with a short-term assignment of a backlog of database entry. If interested, the volunteer could help us on a longer-term basis as well. The volunteer would help our society immensely by assisting us to get our new Raiser’s Edge database system up and running. You’ll be welcomed into a dynamic office environment and help with the establishment of a new database system. Contact Debbie Abbott 613-523-4004 extension 148 or dabbott@asorc.org

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