Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s latest volunteer opportunities

Happy Canada Day everyone!  Canadians are known for giving back to others. What better way to do this is to volunteer.  You will find plenty of volunteer opportunities at Volunteer Ottawa, a United Way agency.  Call 613-736-5270 or visit www.volunteerottawa.ca to find a volunteer position matching your skills, experience and interests.

Hopewell is an organization offering support, information and hope to anyone affected by eating disorders.  This is achieved with the help of volunteers.  Are you recovered from an eating disorder for at least three years? Want to give back to the community? Want to be a role model of hope? Become a mentor with Hopewell’s “Bridging the Gap” Program. Also, Hopewell’s   Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW) needs volunteer committee members, under the direction and supervision of Hopewell’s Program Coordinator to help raise community awareness and educate people about issues of body image and eating disorders and community resources through various events during the first full week of February. Community Education Presenters make presentation to groups on behalf of Hopewell in order to: increase community awareness of Hopewell, educate the public on eating disorders and resources in the community—training provided. Contact Lindsey at 613-241-3428 or info@hopewell.ca.

HOPE you can help? The Lung Association is a charity recipient of the 2013 HOPE Volleyball event on Saturday, July 13th, and welcomes volunteers for the role of Site Maintenance/Clean Up.  Your offer to cover a 5-hour shift is most appreciated (11-3:30pm, or 3pm-8pm).  Contact melanie@on.lung.ca

Urgently needed! Volunteer at the 7th annual Bring on the Bay Swim in support of Easter Seals Ontario, an organization that helps kids with disabilities to succeed. Be a part of the 3km open-water swim, one of the largest in Canada, without even getting wet!  Join us on Saturday July 13 from 7:00am – 10:30am for the conclusion of the swim at the Britannia Yacht Club. Assist with set up of the swimmers’ breakfast tent and supplies, monitoring and refilling supplies and a final clean up. A great way for High School students to get those hours!  Contact Rebecca Leikin (613)226-3051 ext 227 or  rleikin@easterseals.org.

Toy Lending Library Assistant Needed: The Ontario Early Years Centre Ottawa South – Andrew Fleck is a place where parents and caregivers can obtain answers to questions and information about programs and services for children. A Toy Lending Library Assistant will be responsible for informing parents/caregivers about borrowing procedures, loading and unloading toys from shelves, cleaning and disinfecting toys and performing any other administrative duties. Skills required: good customer service skills, ability to work independently and as a team member, good communication and organizational skills. Ability to speak both English and French would be an asset, and a Police Records Check is required. A good opportunity for High School Students looking for volunteer hours! Contact Erin Keogh
(613)737-3716 ext. 713 or ekeogh@afchildcare.on.ca

Variety of Volunteer Opportunities:  St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa Inc. is a Catholic, registered, charitable, non-for-profit long term care facility, serving persons of all religious and ethnic origins, providing excellent care and services through a holistic resident-centered, interdisciplinary approach. A variety of volunteers is needed to achieve this goal.  Meal assistants are needed for all meals. Pastoral visitors administer to the residents’ spiritual needs.  Program assistants are needed in the evenings, as well as helping with the Saturday afternoon music program, along with Sunday tea hostesses. Escorts are needed to help people get to and from programs. Volunteer also needed to provide manicures to help people look and feel their best.  A Police Records Check and TB test are required.  Orientation is provided. Interested in these and other great volunteer opportunities?  Contact Kathy Thompson Manager of Recreation and Volunteer Services (613)731-0094 ext. 235 or kathythompson@stpats.ca.

Green Thumbs?  In a long-term care facility, volunteers are needed to help keep the surroundings beautiful.  The Peter D. Clark Long Term Care facility in Ottawa’s south-west end has 70 plants that need TLC and watering once per week.  Volunteers are also needed to help out in many ways; visiting companions, pet therapy, tending bar, helping with chair yoga, providing musical entertainment and many more.  A Police Check is required and orientation/training provided.  Contact Tony Sponza 613-580-2424 ext30011 or tony.sponza@ottawa.ca




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