Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s latest volunteer opportunities

Summer is finally here, and with it comes a whole array of new volunteer opportunities.  If you are interested in volunteering, please see below for a selection from Volunteer Ottawa, a member of the United Way family of agencies.  Want more?  Call 613-736-5270 or www.volunteerottawa.ca

An engaging experience as a board member awaits – Are you experienced in financial management, fundraising, communications, law, or in settlement issues and networking? If so, a position as volunteer board member at Carty House awaits. Carty House is an independent registered non-profit charity that assists female refugees to adjust to their new life in Canada through the provision of accommodation and material, financial, educational and psychological support. As a board member you will learn about the challenges refugees women face in coming to Ottawa and support Carty House staff in providing them with appropriate services. Contact Caroline Pestieau at 613-234-7918 or cartyhouse@rogers.com

PACT-Ottawa (Persons Against the Crime of Trafficking in humans)’s mission is to network with other groups to prevent the trafficking of persons and increase the protection of victims. Our Goals are the prevention of human trafficking and the protection of trafficked persons using the tools of education, support services, networking and advocacy.

Are you creative and motivated? Do you possess strong communication, interpersonal, administrative and organizational skills? Then a position as a Volunteer Coordinator, might just be for you. As a Volunteer Coordinator you will support PACT-Ottawa’s goals and initiatives by providing volunteer support, overseeing the volunteer recruitment process, as well as working closely with PACT-Ottawa’s other lead volunteers to identify volunteer roles and facilitate their appropriate volunteer placement. Contact Meghan Adams at volunteer@pact-ottawa.org to apply now.

Casting call for puppeteer troupe – KIDS ON THE BLOCK (Ottawa) is an entertaining yet thought-provoking puppet show that delivers message on disability awareness, bullying prevention and acceptance to students in the Ottawa-Carleton area. This educational program strives to heighten awareness and promote more positive attitudes towards those who are different. To discover the joy of animating interesting puppet characters for eager young audiences, contact KOTB Coordinator at kotb@kidsontheblockottawa.ca. No experience in puppetry skills necessary, we provide the puppets, the script, the training, the information and the guidance you will need.

A high-tech interning experience awaits – CompuCorps is a high-tech charity that helps to bridge the digital divide by providing technology focused products and services to community members and Canadian charitable organizations. We are comprised of a dedicated team of members and

volunteers working in IT, sales, marketing, and logistics. Are you looking to acquire solid experience in the communications field? We are seeking an intern to assist staff and upper management with various duties including, but not limited to assistance with social media, marketing, and community outreach. Your assistance will allow us to keep socially networked and better serve our mission.  Contact Laura Vescio at 613-234-8988 ext. 117 or volunteers@compucorps.org

Before, after and during: That’s when The MS Society needs volunteers to help with the annual MS Bike Tour August 10, 11. Over 600 cyclists will be taking part in the tour from Ottawa to Cornwall and back and volunteers will back them every kilometer of the way with information, check-in runners, greeters, food services,  garbage patrol and cleanup, parking, rest stops and volunteer coordination. Whether you join a cheering section or travel along with a trouble shooter, there’s something for you to do. Call Michelle at 613-728-1583 ext 3320 or email to info.ottawa@mssociety.ca

Rec/Connect!:  The main goal of the Christie Lake Kids Social Rec Connect project is to provide the children and youth of West Centretown by providing them with opportunities for social recreation and support to overcome barriers to participation. Volunteers will meet a participant(s) at their home, walk or take the bus with them to the program, supervise the child/children during the program or assist with behaviour management and then accompany them back home. Most of the kids are 6-10 years old. Commitment:   2-3 hours per night or the weekends. Want to know more about this exciting and rewarding opportunity? Contact Kasey Boudreau 613-742-6922 ext.228 or  kboudreau@christielakekids.com


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