Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for ways to fight the cold and dark? There’s nothing to warm up your insides like reaching out a helping hand to others in the community. Here are a few volunteer opportunities among the many offerings at Volunteer Ottawa, a member of the United Way family of agencies. For more information, call us at 613-736-5270, or visit our website.

Writing/researching from the comfort of your home: The National ME/FM Association is a registered charity dedicated to helping Canadians with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Syndrome through education, communication, support and research. The charity is on the lookout for researchers/writers to help with correspondence, the newsletter, website content and other informational material. Your contribution as a volunteer will increase the organization’s capacity to reach out to patients, their families, health and social service workers and the public. The ideal candidate will have prior experience with writing. If you are interested, please contact mefminfo@mefmaction.com or leave a message at 613 829-6667.

What do research, architecture, and theatre have in common? Odyssey Theatre is seeking a development researcher for venue refurbishment. Over the past 27 years Odyssey Theatre, Ottawa’s premier summer, masked theatre company, has emerged as a singular artistic voice in Canada’s theatrical landscape and has created and produced a substantial body of original Canadian plays. The Company is replacing their bleacher seating at Strathcona Park and requires a volunteer with an architectural background or with an interest in architecture to research the development options and resources for this operation. As a volunteer you are expected to provide regular reports on your findings and a concluding report containing all relevant information. Research can be conducted from home. If interested, please call 613-232-8407, or info@odysseytheatre.ca

Partner with a great society: Abbeyfield House is a non-profit organization that provides accommodation for 10 independent older adults. They are seeking a residency committee member, a director of property management, and House Management Committee. The experience required for these opportunities range from general maintenance and repair of buildings, having knowledge of problem solving techniques, and working with staff and residents. You will also be asked to attend regular meetings. A Volunteer Coordinator is needed to update volunteer opportunities on specific websites, recruit/interview potential volunteers, create a strategy for volunteer recognition and conduct volunteer orientations. Contact Marsha Macnab at 613-729-4817 (leave message) or bbeyfot@magma.ca.

A sweet, Canadian volunteer experience: Festivals, special events and fairs add vibrancy to the city of Ottawa all year round. The Museopark is looking for volunteers to help with a special event on the weekend of February 16-17 in downtown Ottawa. You’ll have the opportunity to work within an outdoor setting meeting and greeting visitors as well as selling maple syrup products and serving taffy on the snow! Great opportunity for a group! Contact Heidi Duhaime 613-580-2424 ext. 32001 or festival@museoparc.ca

MuseoParc Sugar Shack

Great experience: The Maria Luisa de Moreno International Foundation (Canada) Inc. provides front line service to those in need and acts as a bridge to other government support networks and charities as well as improving the lives of those in need. A City Coordinator is needed to recruit and lead a diverse group of volunteers to plan and manage all programs and services, marketing and fund raising events, communications with the community and the internal volunteer management team. Fund-raising, event planning and grant proposal management volunteers are also needed. Program coordinators are required for the Canadian buddies/families and cultural coaches program that bridges the cultural gap. Interested in developing/building a variety of experiences? Contact Nhora Aust 613-789-7488 or HR@mlmifcanada.org

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