Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s latest opportunities

There’s still lots of Summer left and still lots of volunteer work to be done. Find the volunteer job that fits your time, skills and interests at Volunteer Ottawa, a member of the United Way.  We are at 613-736-5270 or info@volunteerottawa.ca

Urgent!  The Canada Science and Technology Museum is hosting The Maker Market.  This celebration of innovation brings together families and individuals who celebrate Arts, Crafts, Engineering, Food, Music, Sustainability, and Science and those who embrace the Maker spirit. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, this is an opportunity to meet a sampling of the local hackers, tinkerers, engineers, crafters and artisans! The fair takes place on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1 at the museum. Hours are flexible! (morning, afternoon or all day). Volunteers will play a big role in visitor interaction and helping  the  makers. You must be at least 14 years of age, and must meet the museum’s security requirements.  Interested?  Call Cedric St. Amour 613-991-6091 or cst-amour@technomuses.ca.

Ghoulish Creations:  The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is gearing up for their 2nd annual Haunted Historic Village at Halloween!  Do you have the experience and/or ability to build and fashion theatre props?  Join our team of volunteers to help us construct scary Halloween props such as wraiths, ghosts, gargoyles, corpses and scarecrows. You’ll be working with wood, chicken wire, glue, paint, skulls and fabric to assemble these monsters. All the tools and materials are provided. Assembly will take place on (dates) at the museum, therefore you will need your own transportation. Please contact daniele.hamonic@ottawa.ca or call her at 613-580-2424 ext. 19042 for more information.

Help raise funds for families living with Parkinsons. The 19th annual Parkinson SuperWalk is holding its first ever event in Embrun on Saturday September 8th and they are in dire need of fourteen event volunteers. Positions include registration, route director, day organizer, route marshals, musical entertainment, face painters, and more. Please contact Ginette Trottier at 613-722-9238 or gtrottier@toh.on.ca for more information and to sign up today!

Join in the Fight: The Relay For Life is the Canadian Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event, celebrating cancer survivors, remembering loved ones lost to cancer, and is a commitment to fighting all cancers. It is a 12 hour overnight event that involves teams of 10-12 competitors who take turns walking, running or strolling around a track.We are looking for key leadership volunteers to help make our Ottawa planning committee as we prepare for the next Relay for Life taking place on June 6, 2014. By joining the 2014 Relay For Life leadership committee your leadership skills will help raise funds for cancer research and community support services for people living with cancer. We invite you to visit www.relayforlife.ca, or to contact Kate Agyemang at 613-723-1744 ext. 3623, or at ottawavolunteer@ontario.cancer.ca

Going once, twice, sold! The Ottawa Neighbourhood Services is looking for volunteers for a fundraising auction for Saturday August 24th. We received an important donation of great furniture and are looking to sell it in an auction to raise funds to buy a new truck for the organization. We are looking for 2-3 strong people (to move furniture) to set up for the auction and help out during and after the event. We are also in need of one or two persons to catalog and write up a description of the items prior to the auction, and work on advertising/flyers for the event. Please contact us at 613-728-3737 or at ottawaneighbourhoodservices@hotmail.com

Calling all lovers of books: The Friends of the Ottawa Public Library are looking for bookstore volunteers to join our team. Our non-profit organization manages 17 bookstores in library branches across the city and donates over $250,000 to the Ottawa Public Library each year! We are looking to fill the following positions: Running our BookBar in the foyer of the Main Library: on Saturdays from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., filling in for our regular bookstore volunteers at the Main Library as needed: 2 1/2 – 4 hour shifts between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m, Monday through Saturday, volunteering at an upcoming FOPLA bookstore at the newly renovated West District Library (previously Beaverbrook branch), stocking shelves and sorting book donations at our new self-serve book sale shelf at Emerald Plaza branch, and serving as bookstore manager/volunteer coordinator at Emerald Plaza branch or the new West District Library.  Applicants must be responsible and enjoy working with people and books. New volunteers will receive training and support in their positions. Contact Marie Petersen at 613-580-2424 Ext.14383, or Marie.Petersen@biblioottawalibrary.ca

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