Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s latest opportunities

The end of summer will be here before you know it! If you have not yet contributed to your community this year, why not make best of this beautiful weather and get involved? As always, Volunteer Ottawa features a variety of organizations that are always in need of volunteers, some urgent and some on-going. Please visit www.volunteerottawa.ca today or call 613-736-5270.

Innovative Ways to Help Others:  Share your love of couponing with members of your own community. The Rideau Rockcliffe Emergency food Program serves over 10,000 people every year.  They are in search of coupons for food and personal hygiene items.  Clip and share your coupons—they’ll be used to help our clients to purchase much needed items for their families—mail them in or drop them off.  Green thumb?  Why not share some of your extra fruits and veggies you’ve grown with those in need. Volunteers are always needed to help staff the Food Bank program.  Contact Tracy Moore 613-745-0073 ext 126.or tracy.moore@crcrr.org.

Get On Board:  Gloucester Housing Corporation (GHC) is looking for board members who are willing to make a commitment to the organization and who have a range of skills, expertise and knowledge that includes leadership, governance, strategic thinking, and team work.  We would also be interested to hear from people with a legal background, property development, property management, communications and marketing know-how. GHC is a well-established not for profit organization in east Ottawa, whose business is the management of affordable and market rental housing. The Board governs the organization and is responsible for directing and monitoring the business of GHC. The Board carries out its governance role by monitoring performance and developing and monitoring policy through a number of committees. Time commitment is between 5-15 hours per month and includes a monthly meeting from 6-8pm. All elected positions are for a minimum term of one year and may be re-elected after that time. All new positions will be ratified at the October 2013 AGM. Interested?  Submit your resume to info@gloucesterhousing.ca or contact Ann Smith 613-613-748-6606 x304

Take your mentoring skills to the professional level. The Ottawa Chinese Community Centre (OCCC) is in urgent need of career mentors at this time. In this position, you will help Internationally-educated professionals pursue their career advancement in Canada. You will learn job search and career coaching skills, while building a group of professional networks. Police Check required. For more information, please contact Doreen Ju at 613-235-4875 x114 or doreen.ju@occsc.org.

Help entertain and care for seniors. The Extendicare Laurier Manor has an enormous amount of openings at the moment as volunteers do much to improve the quality of life for those who live there. These include, but are not limited to, BBQ assistant, feeding assistant, pet therapy assistant, guest speakers, visitors (English, French, and other languages), musicians, bingo assistants, and more. Police Check required for most positions. Please contact Lucie Erskine at 613-741-5122 x123 or lerskine@extendicare.com to get involved.

Good with your hands? Hospice Care Ottawa has purchased a new building in Kanata and they are looking for volunteers to help maintain its premises, including lawn maintenance and odd jobs. As a volunteer, you will be a part of providing end of life care to those who have been diagnosed with a life threatening illness. Police Check required. Please contact Jennifer Lockyer at jennifer.lockyer@ottawahospice.ca or 613-591-6002 x25 for more information.

Before and During:  Canadian Hard of Hearing Association is having its annual 5km/8km Walk2Hear event Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. We require a Volunteer Team Leader to act as the main point of contact for all volunteers, help with the recruiting and allocation of volunteers, maintain regular contact with Walk volunteers via email or phone calls, liaise with Walk Coordinator and other staff/partners, assign roles to volunteers according to skills and preferences, engage and motivate volunteers, seek out new and creative ways to recruit volunteers, create and maintain a volunteer contact list. On event day itself, (with guidance from the Team Leader) volunteers of all ages will act as Greeters, Checkpoint volunteers, Registration Desk volunteers and other general volunteer duties throughout the day.  Contact Karla Wilson (613) 526-1584 or  kwilson@chha.ca.





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