Volunteer Roundup: Ottawa’s latest opportunities

Like what you are reading?  Want to be a part of it?  This column is written by volunteers. Volunteer Ottawa needs someone with a way with words to help write the Round Up.  If you want to see this as well as many other volunteer opportunities, contact Volunteer Ottawa, a United Way agency.  Visit www.volunteerottawa.ca or call 613-736-5270.

Boo!  The Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is gearing up for their 2nd annual Haunted Historic Village. Are you the person to help make this horrific event the best yet? We are gathering daring volunteers to portray ghastly characters to stir up the Village!  This is your opportunity to dress-up and perform in a frighteningly horrid costume and make-up. The living dead will rise on Friday and Saturday evenings, (October – 11-12, 18-19, 25-26). To join the horror and find out how to play in the Haunted Historic Village program you must attend one of the information sessions either on Tuesday, September 17th or Thursday, September 19th at 6 p.m. in the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum Community Hall. Volunteers must be 16+ years old. Please confirm your presence by contacting at daniele.hamonic@ottawa.ca or call 613-580-2424 ext. 19042.

Get On Board:  The Canadian Celiac Association’s Board of Directors needs you! The C CA understands the challenges of living gluten-free, and is currently in need of Fundraising Chair. In this role, you will develop and promote fundraising events, seek out community and gluten-free sponsors, and much more, for about 10-15 hours per month total. Please contact June Williams at june-williams@sympatico.ca or 613-692-3308

Contribute to the fight against cancer by helping out at some great events! The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada is holding two annual events back-to-back and are in need of many volunteers! The 3rd Annual Light The Night walk on Saturday, October 19th at City Hall and along the route to Pretoria Bridge. Volunteers are needed to work on the route, registration, and food areas. To register as a volunteer please visit www.jmaeventplanning.com/events and indicate your preferences and comments on the registration page. The second event, theScotiabank Nordik Walk, happens on Sunday, October 20th at the Maplesoft Centre.  Volunteers are needed between 8am-12:30pm (lunch provided!) to help in with the event—volunteers needed the day before for set-up, too.. Both events are great for groups! Please contact Sarah MacLaren at smaclaren@ottawacancer.ca or 613-247-3527 x240.

Helping youth: The Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre (DSYTC) is a non-profit, residential, and community-based agency dedicated to helping youth (13-21) and families across Ontario overcome substance abuse and related issues and to achieve a healthier lifestyle. While in residential treatment, youth are enrolled in an academic program to achieve Ontario secondary school credits with the guidance of a teacher. As youth are working on individual coursework, many would benefit from additional academic support and encouragement to help achieve academic success. Could you share your talents and/or hobbies with youth in treatment? Could you be an example of healthy ways of spending free time? The Prosocial Activity Leader Volunteers will develop and lead activities designed to help DSYTC clients acquire a new skill or enhance an existing talent such as arts, crafts, music, drama, sports. Interested?  As these positions take place  in Carp and/or Carleton Place, your own transportation is needed  Contact Sue O’Rielly 613-594-8333 ext. 1204 volunteer@davesmithcentre.org.

Power Hockey!  The Ottawa Power Wheelchair Hockey League provides a recreational and competitive floor hockey program for people with disabilities. This year the league currently has 30 players, and is expanding to 4 teams. They need coaches, referees and assistants to help facilitate this growth. All league games are held on Sundays 12-3:00PM (however this may vary depending on your schedule). Season begins September 15th. Coaches, referees and assistants will have the unique opportunity to bring their skills and knowledge to coach, ref and assist with this exciting sport. All volunteers will be expected to help facilitate with equipment setup and take down.  Interested?  Contact Roddey Harb 613-793-9011 or recruitment@opwhl.com

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