Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s latest volunteer opportunities

May is here, and so is the nice weather…why not get out and get involved to enjoy it within your community? There is always a need for volunteers in a variety of positions and Volunteer Ottawa features if not all, but most of them. Please visit www.volunteerottawa.ca today!

Help make this the best one yet! The annual Tim Horton’s Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is holding its 20th event this year and they are in need of many different volunteers: alternates, beer garden, set-up/take-down, bike park, boat driver, children’s area, docks and staging, hospitality, beach bar, info and greeter, photography-videography, pledge tent, silent auction, site maintenance, green team, operations, VIP tent, site safety and security, welcoming committee, team services and volunteer services. It’s all happening at Mooney’s Bay from June 17-23. Please contact Anne Pickering volunteer@dragonboat.net or 613-238-7711 x222. You can also visit www.dragonboat.net.

Touch-A-Truck:  Enjoy this weather and volunteer outdoors! Touch-A-Truck is a fun-filled event with loads of trucks and emergency vehicles for children to climb on and explore.  Touch-A-Truck will take place at the Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre on Sunday June 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Many volunteer positions are available: face painters, arts and craft area, cashiers, set up crew, cleanup crew, survey collection, runners, sales, etc. A pizza lunch is served to all volunteers that attend! Come dressed for the weather.  Please contact Linda Read at trucks@mothercraft.com<mailto:trucks@mothercraft.com> or 613-728-1839 x500.

On the Board and On the Web:  The Classic Theatre Festival is a high-calibre professional summer theatre company in Perth, Ontario It is run as a charitable non-profit organization and employs some of Canada’s top theatre professionals. They want to upgrade and improve the design and functionality of its website (www.classictheatre.ca) and are looking for a volunteer web designer with skill and imagination who would enjoy being part of a dynamic and highly creative organization. Great for a recent graduate of a web design program looking to add a high-profile, frequently visited website to their portfolio. They also want to expand the governance and oversight capacity of their Board by recruiting new directors. Do you have a background in law and accounting? These voluntary positions may be especially suited to retired or semi-retired professionals in those fields, but they would welcome expressions of interest from anyone, Contact Laurel Smith, Artistic Producer 1-877-283-1283 or laurel@classictheatre.ca

Community Cup: Kick Start your Canada Day Weekend in the park! Volunteer with the 9th Annual Community Cup Celebration and Soccer Tournament taking place on Sunday June 30th from 9am to 5pm at Brewer Park (across from Carleton University). Join our team and help us connect newcomers and Canadians through sport, culture and community. As part of our team of 150 volunteers you will get a free t-shirt and bbq lunch and have the opportunity to be involved in such roles as soccer coordination, kids’ zone, community tent, sport demonstration and much more. To register to volunteer please visit www.communitycup.ca or contact Meghan Johnson at volunteers@communitycup.ca or at 613-232-9634 x431.

ChangeTheWorld:  We’re at 8,000 youth volunteer hours for the ChangeTheWorld campaign – congratulations Ottawa! We have 8,000 more to go before the end of May. Make sure to email your name, volunteer job and number of hours to Bridget at changetheworld@volunteerottawa.ca for your chance to win some great prizes.  Another opportunity!  Be part of race weekend and help kids cross the finish line. We need help with the Y Kids Marathon – volunteers are needed to run/walk with the kids as well as help them find their parents at the finish line. This great event happens May 26. Email Anne at anne.paliwal@ymcaywca in interested!

Thinking In Pictures:  Thinking in Pictures Educational Services (TIPES) is a non-profit educational and therapeutic service providing support to children, teens and young adults who have pervasive developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and related/additional exceptionalities. They provide affordable ABA therapy, social integration, family relief and tutoring services, and training courses for parents and professionals. Their mission is to teach children and youth with pervasive developmental disorders and other exceptionalities to reach their potential in a positive, learning environment by using a team- based approach, individualized program planning and recreational activities. Needed are volunteer board members to provide a unique perspective in the decision making process of governing the charity and providing direction and growth of TIPES to ensure it best serves the interests of the community and continues to fulfill its mission. The Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Contact Gina Manion 613-425-1084 or gina.manion@hotmail.com.


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