Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

Want to know how to keep busy and active during the winter?  Volunteer!  Let Volunteer Ottawa show you how.  You’ll find us online or give us a call at 613-736-5270

Lungs for Life:  The Lung Association invites you to join their new “I Love Lungs” Team at the Tamarack Homes Ottawa Race Weekend – May 25 & 26, 2013 to support people living with chronic lung diseases.   Whether you walk or run, nothing is more important than breathing, Volunteer with the “I Love Lungs” Team raise funds for The Lung Association, and participate in the 2km, 5km, 10km, half-marathon or full marathon distances. Enjoy volunteering outdoors? Join over 125 people on our “I Love Lungs” Water Station Crew for Sun. May 26th, handing out water & Gatorade to the athletes participating in the half- and full marathon distances.  Phone Melanie at 613-230-4200 or email melanie@on.lung.ca.

Life review:  Embassy West Senior Living is a Senior’s Residential Care facility providing quality full continuum of care services, including assisted living, dementia care and end of life care. Volunteers are an integral part of their interdisciplinary team. Volunteers are needed to participate in a unique program that will focus on teaching life review and autobiographical narrative skills as a tool to enhance care within our facility. Are you able to commit to 2 hours a week for 4 weeks and volunteer for 1-1½ hours per week after completing your training to continue to build relationships? Do you have good Interpersonal communication skills, empathetic and able to work on a one-to-one basis? Can you work with residents who have medical or cognitive challenges?  Training will be provided and a Police Records Check for working with the vulnerable sector is required. Contact Michelle Proulx at 613-729-4321 ext 4 or activities@embassywestseniorliving.com.

Change the World: The Change the World campaign (April 21-May 19) is a 4 week push to encourage youth to volunteer with local not-for-profit organizations. The goal is to build stronger communities by inspiring youth and member organizations to work together. We hope to inspire 6,000 youth for a total of 25,000 hours Youth (ages 14-18) are needed to join the Youth Advisory team. The team will be comprised of youth representing the many high schools and areas in Ottawa. Advisors will be the primary contact for their school, and be responsible for working with the coordinator to brainstorm, promote, and evaluate the campaign. The time commitment will vary  but will amount to a minimum of 15 hours by the end of May, with no more than 5 hours a week required. You must be committed to attending at least 1 meeting (held in the evening), responding to emails, and promoting the campaign. Working on the Youth Advisory team will help you to gain leadership, organizational skills, and gain experience in project coordination Contact Bridget Vickers 613-736-5270 ext 158 or changetheworld@volunteerottawa.ca


Viva Suzuki! A Stage Manager is needed, as well as Stage Crew to make set changes during Viva Suzuki 2013, our annual fund raising concert which involves all of our students performing together. The logistics plan will be given in advance and dress rehearsal attendance is also required. Volunteer applicants will be chosen with preference given to those with experience in backstage environment and/or music performance experience. Your gift of time will give parent volunteers the opportunity to see their children performing in the concert. Contact Chantal LeBlanc 613-569-7995  cbl.ncssm@gmail.com.

Drop-in!  Centre 454 is a weekday drop-in centre operating in the downtown core. Social recreation volunteers make all participants feel welcomed and acknowledged. They engage with participants, assisting with hospitality, play cards, board games, and dominoes and help with our monthly heritage celebrations. Do you play the guitar, the piano or sing? You could play and/or sing or teach others as part of the Creative Expressions programs on Friday mornings from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. This program is also looking for volunteers to teach Arts and Crafts. Centre 454 provides training for volunteers about engaging with our participants, personal boundaries and safety and other topics of interest. The ideal candidate will be professional, passionate and compassionate, capable of building relationships with a variety of people while maintaining appropriate boundaries. Contact Elizabeth Tyrwitt 613-235-4351 x 229 or elizabeth.tyrwhitt@ottawa.anglican.ca


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