Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

Do your New Year’s resolutions include volunteering? If they do, check out Volunteer Ottawa, a United Way agency. You can browse our website or call us at 613-736-5270.

Use your people skills to help those in need! Helping With Furniture is an organization that delivers furniture to people who are in need of furniture. They are looking for a furniture intake volunteer and this assignment can be done from home; in this position, you will handle the donations via e-mail and phone. You will be given a business e-mail and telephone password in which messages should be checked and returned once a week. Police check required. Please contact Nathalie Maione at nmaione@helpingwithfurniture.org or 613-612-6228 for more information.

A hot meal and a warm smile: Meals on Wheels, the organization that delivers nutritious meals to individuals to assist them in maintaining their health and independence at home. The meals are delivered by trained volunteers who provide a personal contact, a safety and security check as well as an interested daily visitor. Right now, the organization needs volunteer drivers and servers. To make a difference in clients’ lives, contact Terry Moxness at 613-233-2424, or at terry@mealsonwheels-ottawa.org

Tax time: It’s almost tax time again: And the Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre (NROCRC) is looking for volunteers to help newcomers, seniors and low-income residents prepare their tax returns at our free income tax clinics. The clinics will run in March and April in Osgoode, Barrhaven and the NROCRC offices in the Merivale Mall. If you enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds we will provide the training in February. Call Meghann at 613.596.5626.

Never too early! It may be cold outside but Friends of the Farm requires coordinators for three fundraising events – Craft Sale, Rare and Unusual Plant Sale, and Art on the Farm – which take place at the Central Experimental Farm on selected weekends from April to August 2013. The coordinators are responsible for planning and delivering each event. Duties include reviewing and selecting vendor applications, determining vendor table assignment, and scheduling volunteers to assist at each event. Position requires excellent communication and organizational skills, and ability to work well in a group setting. English/French and previous event planning experience an asset. Please contact Donna 613-230-8276. volunteer@friendsofthefarm.ca.

Companionship: OCAPPDD needs volunteers for one of their elderly individuals who has dementia and receives dialysis treatments on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Dialysis lasts 2 -4 hours and the individual is finding it extremely difficult to remain quiet for that length of time. Her tolerance for sitting still without someone to distract her has declined. The volunteer would sit with her at the hospital in those last two hours, and engage her in activities, read and chat. You can choose one day or more. 2 hours or more. Time of day would be from 4 to 6 p.m. Contact Deborah Blasutti 613-569-8993 ext 243 or dblasutti@ocapdd.on.ca

Urgent! The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario is gearing up for Heart Month in February. They need volunteers to coordinate and prepare for the 2013 campaign. The Heart Rally Coordinator will distribute/mail invitations, make phone calls for RSVPs to invitations and coordinate other participating volunteers. The Routing Coordinator will enter routes for February’s Heart Month campaign canvassers, train and guide volunteers. Are you able to multi-task, well-organized, able to train/lead and coordinate others, and will have or would like to gain some event management experience? Contact Stephen at bell0336@algonquinlive.com

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