Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s latest volunteer opportunities

Thank you for changing the world!  Volunteer Ottawa would like to thank all of the participating organizations and the youth who came out to volunteer with the many ChangeTheWorld projects.  Many opportunities were filled and students learned more about giving back to their community.  While the campaign has ended, the need for volunteers has not.  You will find more opportunities at www.volunteerottawa.ca or 613-736-5270.

Drivers Wanted!: The Kanata Food Cupboard helps those in need in Kanata and now drivers are needed to transport food donations. You’ll pick up food donations from donation bins within Kanata-based grocery stores, and deliver/unload them from your vehicle to their warehouse. Also you’ll provide an estimated food donation poundage based on the Kanata Food Cupboard guidelines and sign the Volunteer Log-in Book.  You’ll need a valid driver’s license  and access to a vehicle (i.e. preferably a truck/van/SUV).  Some heavy lifting is required, and the time commitment is one weekday morning per week for approximately 3 hours. Volunteers are also needed for the Fresh Food Initiative at 20 Young Road, St. Paul’s Anglican Church to receive deliveries of fresh foods; confirm the quantity and quality of delivered goods; assist with unloading of product and stocking the fridge and freezers. You’ll  help to rotate stock as required, and keep the fridges and freezer clean; reporting any issues or concerns to the Coordinator. Help out once a week, either Mondays or Thursdays for 2-3 hours. Do you have a pleasant manner, patience, dependability, sense of humour? Training will be provided and some mileage will be reimbursed for volunteer drivers. Contact Kerry Beer 613-836-7847 ext 3 or volunteer@kanatafoodcupboard.ca

Not just fooling around: A Company of Fools—Ottawa’s only independent professional Shakespeare Company is gearing up for their signature summer event, where they tour Ottawa’s parks while putting on the Shakespearean “The Merry Wives of Windsor”. The festival runs from July 3rd to August 17th, 2013. They aim to make this summer’s shows accessible to everyone by asking people to pay what they can. The Fools also relies on ties to communities around town for performance venues. As a volunteer you’ll work with a fun group of people, see some great theatre, and receive a fools T-shirt. Volunteers under 16 will need to provide their age and the name/contact phone for a parent/guardian. Contact Caroline John at 613-863-7529 or by email at info@fools.ca

Tennis enthusiasts: My Junior Tennis Ladder enables participants to improve their tennis game, find new tennis partners, visit other tennis clubs and enjoy the summer. Registered participants play at all participating clubs within the provided court times. My junior tennis ladder welcome anyone experienced in administration and event support that has a passion for tennis to assist with the operation of the league (database management and communication) and event management for our 1 day tennis events. For further information contact Brian Briggs at 613 818-3239 or by email at brian_briggs@hotmail.com. See you on the courts!

Calling all lantern makers: The New Edinburgh Community and Arts Centre (NECTAR) is a centre for community artistic development as well as recreation for all ages; the Centre features an exhibition hall, kitchen area, and various multi-purpose spaces, and is also the organizer of the annual Lumiere Festival. This year’s festival will be held at Stanley Park on August 17th. They are looking for volunteers to help the week before and on the day of the festival. The festival hours are from 5pm to 12(midnight), however, volunteers are needed starting at 9am to begin decorating the park. Please contact Wendy Raicevic at 613-745-2742 or email us at volunteers@crichtonccc.ca for more information.

Are you in Sandy Hill? The Sandy Hill Community Centre serves the Sandy Hill and Ottawa East communities, and welcomes all people who live or work there to volunteer on the Board of Directors and/or Board Committees. If you: are aware of SHCHC’s role in the community and support our mission, are 18 years of age or older, have awareness of current health and social issues, have links with the community we serve, can commit to monthly meetings, advocacy and networking activities for a two-year term, call Cristina Coiciu at 613-789-1500 x 2505 for more information, or visit our website at www.sandyhillchc.on.ca

Snozelen?  The Glebe Centre has a Snoezelen room, a multisensory room providing a safe and non-threatening environment used to gently stimulate primary senses. Residents in long term care have an opportunity to improve communication and build trust. Volunteers receive training, and are assigned several residents who will benefit from this therapeutic experience. Volunteers provide documentation after each session and must have an ability to understand non-verbal cues.  Also needed are volunteers  for the Fresh Air program to accompany residents who want to go out for walks A volunteer is needed to assist with the  ladies’ luncheon and van trip on Tuesdays. This program is for folks 55 in the community to   engage with other seniors for a day of fun and camaraderie. The program runs from 10:30 until around 3:00. It will often include a van trip to the mall or for sightseeing. Lunch is served at Abbotsford House followed by social interaction. Contact Lonelle Butler 613 238-2727 ext. 353 or volunteer@glebecentre.ca.

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