Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s latest opportunities

Wow, mid-July already! Time flies when you are having fun.  Time will fly when you volunteer.  To find great volunteer opportunities, check out Volunteer Ottawa, a member of the United Way. Visit www.volunteerottawa.ca or call 613-736-5270 to learn more.

Rallying Volunteers:  As part of the Capital Vélo Fest, their Bike Rallies are held throughout the summer months. Rally volunteers are needed to assist with registration on the day of the rallies, and to act as Rally Guides throughout the event day at the start, checkpoints and end. The rallies will take place Saturday, July 13 (rain date of Sunday, July 14); Saturday, August 17 (rain date of Sunday, August 18); and Saturday, September 14 (rain date of Sunday, September 15). Interested? You can register as a volunteer on our website (www.capitalvelofest.ca/volunteer/). A great group volunteer project!  You’ll gain experience with event coordination and working with the public. Contact Michael Gifford, 613.567.5757 ext. 241 or CVF.Volunteers@gmail.com

Pride in Volunteering: Capital Pride promotes the spirit of diversity in the rainbow community (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, twospirited and questioning community and its allies) to foster a better understanding and acknowledgement of this community and promotes its positive contributions. With events all year long and a 10-day festival held August 16-25, 2013 the main event weekend consists of a parade and community fair. The fair takes place on the grounds of Ottawa City Hall, and volunteers are needed to help. Available positions include: – Bar staff (smart serve certified) – Child care – Cash Handlers – General Labourers – Security – “Gophers” (For general tasks) – People to man tables –and ASL translators. Contact Tara Shaw volunteer@capitalpride.ca.

Helping out in Rural Ottawa South: Volunteers continue to be at the heart of the Rural Ottawa South Support Services. Currently needed are Volunteer Transportation Drivers in the Richmond, Greely and Manotick areas. Training/orientation is provided, as well as reimbursement for mileage. Flexible schedules are available. Friendly Visitors help seniors and people with disabilities to remain independent and in their own homes as long as possible by providing social contact, companionship and support through visits and telephone calls. ROSSS services a rural population and as a result many clients are isolated. A Police Records Check is required for both opportunities.  Contact Mary Acton-Bond 613 692-4697or  Mary.Acton-Bond@rosss.ca

Fit Volunteers needed! Be a rez volunteer and help as approximately 3,000 students move in to Brooks Residence. This position requires physical effort and endurance, including lifting and going up/down stairs. Help new students to bring their luggage, boxes and other belongings on the 3rd and 4th floors. A special volunteer is also needed to help with multiple tasks, such as helping the coordinators by giving out snacks and beverages to the volunteers on campus, helping whenever and wherever needed. You will work in 3 hour shifts, and be rewarded with a certificate, surprise gifts, refreshments, a t-shirt, a meal and closing ceremony.  Contact Monique Boucher & Catherine Fillion 613-562-5800 (3165) or rzbv@uOttawa.ca.

Indoors and out:  The Salvation Army Grace Manor provides long-term care to its residents in Ottawa’s west end.  Volunteers are needed to help indoors and out. One or two green-thumbed volunteer gardeners are needed to help maintain the residents’ garden. Volunteers must have knowledge of outdoor plants and flowers, need to commit once a week from May to September, be physically able to transplant perennials. Twice a month in the afternoons a volunteer is needed to assist activity staff to give residents manicures; removing old polish, soaking and filing nails, applying hand lotion and nail polish. Some experience giving manicures preferred. Volunteers also needed once a week to circulate the tuck trolley, offering snacks for sale. You should be comfortable interacting with those with visual and hearing difficulties, and some writing and basic math is required.  A Police Check is required and training/orientation provided.  Contact Azra Temple 613-722-8025 ext 135 or atemple@gracemanor.ca

Male Volunteers Needed: Quality is a summer camp for children with cancer and more. The camp provides an opportunity for the children, and their year round companions to celebrate life together for one fun-filled week each summer. Camp Quality Eastern Ontario is looking for “male” volunteer Companions. Each camper is matched one-to-one with an adult (Companion).  The Companion is responsible for the camper at the week of camp at all times and, more importantly, maintains contact with the camper and their family throughout the year. If you are interested in becoming a big part of the lives of some very special children, we could use your enthusiasm! Interview and Police Check required. Contact Glenn Mooney 1-800-294-7841 or glenn.mooney@campquality.org

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