Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s latest volunteer opportunities

This is the first ‘long weekend’ of summer 2013.  There are more long weekends to come, and more volunteer opportunities. Find yours at Volunteer Ottawa, a member of the United Way.  Call us at 613-736-5270 or look us up on the web www.volunteerottawa.ca

Summer meals: Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteer drivers, servers and cyclists to help with the delivery of meals over the summer months. Meals are delivered by car on many routes across the city and by bicycle on some routes in the Centretown area. Volunteers deliver nutritious meals to individuals to assist them in maintaining their health and independence at home. These volunteers work in teams consisting of a driver and a server – an ideal situation for a parent and student seeking volunteer hours. Students volunteering independently must be over 18 years of age. Please call Terry Moxness at 613-233-2424 if you are interested in being a summer volunteer.

An Historic House:  The Dickinson House in Manotick was built in 1867 by Moss Kent Dickinson; the founder of Manotick. It was one of the earliest houses in Manotick and served the community over time as more than a family residence. The mandate of the museum is to present heritage exhibits focusing on the role of the Dickinson family played in helping to shape the economic and social development of Manotick from 1870 to 1930. The primary role that our volunteers play is to greet visitors and describe to them the history of the home and its former residents. Volunteers wear period costumes and range in age from young adults to seniors. Bilingualism is an asset but not required. All training will be provided.  Contact Barb Barkley dickinsonhousemuseum@gmail.com

Like Bocce Ball:  An adult volunteer is required every Wednesday evening from 5-9 P.M. to meet one of our residents who has a physical disability at the Rehab Centre on Smythe Road to assist him in playing his weekly (regularly scheduled) Bocce Ball game. The volunteer must have a current Police Records Check for the Vulnerable Sector (completed within the past six months) and be willing and able to attend an interview and orientation at our agency. They will enable our resident to fulfill his goal of playing weekly Bocce Ball. Would you like to gain knowledge and understanding of adults with physical disabilities? You’ll also gain experience helping someone who uses a dynavox to communicate. Contact Linda Swalsky 613-744-3562 ext. 204 or  linda.swalsky@ofp.ca.

Variety of Opportunities:  Carleton Lodge is a Long Term Care Home located on the Rideau where Prince of Wales meets Woodroffe Avenue, an ideal location if you live in Manotick, Barrhaven or Nepean South. Can you spare an hour or two a week? If so, you can make such a difference.  How? Visit with residents, read to them, play cards or scrabble or just chat; take a resident out to explore our lovely gardens; join our team of amateur manicurists; provide friendship and support at mealtimes; or simply help out at our various events and activities. Please email Mary.Zion@Ottawa.ca.

Tour La Nuit:  The Kidney Foundation is in need of sixty volunteers to help out at the Capital Velofest’s Tour La Nuit, a Saturday evening family cycling event on June 1st. Volunteers are required to staff barricades along Queen Elizabeth Drive and to cheer on participants. Total volunteer time is 7 hours. Ideal for high school students looking for volunteer hours or volunteers who like to work as a group!   For more information please contact Bruce Hill at 613-299-4801 or by e-mail at bhill@kidney.on.ca

Fun in the sun! Come Join the Aga Khan Foundation Canada For A day of fun to help fight Global Poverty! They are hosting a World Partnership Walk on June 2nd, 2013 at Major’s Hill Park. Volunteers are needed for the following activities: Route Marshalls (On the Walk Route), Guide walkers along the 5.0 km walk route and monitor crowd control. Volunteers are also required to provide water to the walkers as they pass your station, cheer and motivate the walkers to continue along their journey. Volunteers will get a free shirt / water bottle and food coupon. Contact Azra Jiwa ajiwa22@yahoo.com

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One thought on “Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s latest volunteer opportunities

  1. Hi there! Do you know who in Ottawa has the largest number of volunteers? Would be nice to know. Thanks Lee_Ann

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