Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s Latest Volunteer Opportunities

Looking to volunteer this new year? Volunteer Ottawa – as always – has an array of volunteer opportunities to choose from. All age groups are welcome and encouraged! Please visit our website or call 613-736-5270 to see what we have to offer.

Organized and familiar with standard accounting procedures? The Canadian Red Cross Society is seeking a volunteer bookkeeper to ensure smooth, efficient, consistent, and timely assistance one day per week. You will receive training and a police record check is required. Please contact Deborah Smith at ottawadm@redcross.ca or 613-560-7220 for more information.

Ever heard of The Emerald Ash Borer? It is an invasive species that threatens to destroy 100,000 trees across the City of Ottawa if action is not taken. Ecology Ottawa is seeking volunteers to reach out to city councilors and residents alike, informing them of the threat and empowering them to take action over the telephone and by e-mail. Please contact Sahar Pirzada at volunteer@ecologyottawa.ca or 613-860-5353 for more information.

On the Web: The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is seeking a dynamic and self-motivated volunteer to help maintain their website. Time required per week is about one to three hours. Please contact John McDonnell at jmcdonnell@cpaws.org or 613-232-7297 to get involved or for more information.

Planning ahead: The Carlington Community Health Centre’s After the Bell program is for children/youth 6 to 13yrs old, focusing on recreational activities, homework help, and a healthy snack component. Its purpose is to help children/youth develop self-esteem and healthy habits. It takes place at All Saints Church, and operates in Summer: Thursdays 5pm- 7pm. Beginning September 4th, 2012: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30pm-6:30 pm. French-speaking volunteers are needed to assist participants with homework in French, help staff with preparing healthy snacks and participate/help encourage clients to get involved in pre-determined recreational activities. A 3-month commitment and Police Check is required and training is provided. Interested? Contact Rosetta Foti 613-722-4000 ext.265 or rfoti@carlington.ochc.org

More Than Just Desserts is a signature fundraising event for The Arthritis Society in Ottawa as part of Children’s Arthritis Awareness Month, and will take place on Friday, March 22, 2013 at Sala San Marco, 215 Preston St. Volunteers are needed from 5:30pm – 10:30pm. You will ensure the efficient registration of guests at the beginning of the event, acting as ambassadors of the Arthritis Society and providing a warm and welcoming first impression to the event. You’ll greet guests, collect tickets, verify completeness of attendees’ personal information, and issue auction bid numbers. You will also ensure an efficient payment process for guests purchasing auction items. Volunteer payment clerks are required to retrieve bid sheets and items, and/or processing auction numbers and payments. As this is a licensed event, volunteers must be 19 years of age or older. Training and orientation provided. Contact Sarah Culley 613-723-1083 ext.1516 sculley@on.arthritis.ca

Arthritis Society - More than just desserts

Let’s Talk: The C3 Centre is currently organizing a series of quality professional development workshops /talks and needs talented speakers and workshop facilitators. We will provide the advertising, facilitation space, support, back up, refreshments and the audience. We will champion your message and your profile. You’ll provide great material and unique presentation style. Ideal audience size would be anywhere from 20-50 dependant on your setup and style (workshop/or talk). You can present a variety of topics–YOU tell us what you are about and what you have to offer. Do you have a signature speech and subject matter that you are passionate about? Do you have a mission that you are energized to make a difference with your presentation or workshops? Do you have it in your heart and your schedule to gift a half day of your time to offer a workshop to some of our members? Contact Teresa O’Neill 613-736-5266 X118 teresa.oneill@c3centre.org

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