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Looking for Volunteers

The public is invited to submit ads seeking volunteers. Please email dguertin58@gmail.com

Newred Join Friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra (FNACO)

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Friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra (FNACO) is a not for profit organization which supports the NAC Orchestra and their music education initiatives.

Founded at the same time as the Orchestra in 1969, Friends have been connecting music and people ever since. Our membership is a diverse and dynamic group of enthusiasts who share a passion for music and a desire to encourage Ottawa’s young musical talents.

While financially supporting young musicians, many of whom are aiming for an orchestral position, we also provide awards and donations to young people’s music programmes and organizations within the Ottawa area.

> Find out more (PDF)

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The Council on Aging of Ottawa (COA) is looking for skilled and passionate volunteers to help with the delivery of both its virtual and in-person Smart Aging Programs. Smart Aging workshops are meant to help older adults anticipate and prepare for certain life transitions. Using an activity-based approach, facilitators provide participants with key pieces of information that will help them navigate those transitions more easily. Our presenters guide participants through periods of self-reflection and engages the audience in group discussions about a variety of subjects that will ultimately affect their future well-being.

Workshop presentations, materials and scripts have already been created and facilitator training will be provided to interested applicants. If you want to find out more about this opportunity, please send an email to the COA's Director of Education, Stéphanie Cadieux at s.cadieux@coaottawa.ca or call at 613-789-3577 ext. 4.

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Are you interested in volunteering with Connected Canadians? Please sign up using our volunteer form:


Retired educators are being sought by Connected Canadians for a variety of volunteer positions from Mentor to Evaluator. Connected Canadians is an Ottawa-based not-for-profit organization that provides technical support services free of charge to older adults in the National Capital Region and across the country..

>Click here to read more (PDF)

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The Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre is looking for volunteers

Are you a dedicated, reliable and passionate person with a particular skill or talent to share?

If so, we would love to hear from you! Limited volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year and interested parties can apply to volunteer by completing the following: DSYTC Volunteer Application (opens in new tab or window)

We are currently looking for volunteers at Carleton Place:

  • High school level math & science tutors; preferably mornings, flexible days Monday through Friday.
  • Specific activities – running, music, arts and crafts, sports, playing board games. Flexible hours weekends and weekday afternoons

To date, we have had volunteers lead youth in drama/improv, yoga, visual arts and physical fitness. These volunteer contributions have been sincerely appreciated by the youth in residential treatment. In their words:

‘Yoga gave me a way to relieve my stress at the end of the day.’

‘Drama/improv was helpful because it kept us busy and it helped me achieve one of my goals which was to interact with others.’

‘Doing visual arts helped me get my mind off my worries for a while. It also helped me tap back into my creative side.’

Visit the website for more information (opens in new tab or window), or you can e-mail or call 613-594-8333 ext. 2202.

Volunteers at Roger Neilson House, Pediatric Residential Hospice

If you are a retired teachers who is looking for a rewarding and highly meaningful volunteer experience, Roger Neilson House may be the place for you. Roger Neilson House is an eight-bed pediatric residential hospice which offers compassionate services in collaboration with CHEO’s palliative care team. We depend on the valued contribution of volunteers who continually devote their time, efforts, skills and talents to enhance the quality of care offered at Roger Neilson House. We have a number of volunteer opportunities and we are currently experiencing a significant need in the following areas:

  • Play & Learn, where you will assist the professional care team with direct guest care to enhance the quality of life for the child and his/her family during their stay at Roger Neilson House;
  • Reception / Friendly Greeter, where you will greet visitors, direct them to the appropriate area and be a caring presence for children and family members.

For more information about Roger Neilson House and the various other volunteer opportunities, please visit our website at http://rogerneilsonhouse.ca/. You can apply online to become a volunteer by visiting the ‘volunteer’ page.

Many thanks for considering Roger Neilson House as your volunteer opportunity.

Contact information: Bruno Perrier,Manager, Community Engagement and Volunteer RelationsTel/Tél: (613) 523-6300 ext. 605 E-mail: bperrier@cheo.on.ca

Meals on Wheels

CAN YOU SPARE 2 HOURS AT LUNCHTIME? Your help is needed! Once a week or twice a month is all it takes to stay active and give back to your community. Support the Ottawa Meals on Wheels by delivering a hot, nutritious meal to a senior and make someone’s day a little brighter.

For more information, please call Pauline or Peggy at (613) 233-2424 or visit our website: www.mealsonwheels-ottawa.org.


The Ottawa Mission

Retired teachers who are interested in volunteering their time, skills and abilities can do so at The Ottawa Mission. Various opportunities are available within the new Client Services Computer Lab, Monday to Friday from 9 am–4 pm.

If you are, or know of someone who is able to provide computer support and direction in the lab, assist with teaching a basic computer skills workshop, (MS Office applications, internet access and email), provided one-on-one support to individuals, trouble shoot basic software issues and/or help clients with writing, typing, printing, photocopying & faxing resumes you can be a tremendous help to the Mission.

Volunteer Tutors to assist adult learners in developing/improving basic reading, writing or math skills; preparing to write the GED; upgrading in other areas (ESL, Distance Learning or basic computer skills) are also needed.

Contact Carolyn MacDonald, Volunteer Services Program Manager,
The Ottawa Mission, 35 Waller St, Ottawa,
234-1144 ext 236,

cmacdonald@ottawamission.com or www.ottawamission.com

Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County Needs Your Help

The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County will be leading “Thanks for the Memories”, a music program intended to bring the joy of music to people with dementia and their caregiver. This program will provide an opportunity for those with dementia and their caregiver to sing, reminisce and play music in a fun and social outing together. The Dementia Society is currently looking for volunteers with a background in music to lead the 8 week program in English.

Reaching Out to Isolated Seniors (ROTIS)

Did you know that approximately 9000 or 10% of Ottawa’s senior population live in isolation? This means that these individuals do not have anybody to turn to in times of crisis and are falling through the cracks of the systems designed to help them.

Reaching Out to Isolated Seniors (ROTIS) is a City-wide program that provides a single phone number for concerned individuals to call to ensure that appropriate and timely services are provided for the senior.

In addition to these direct services, a network of agencies and faith communities are working together to address the challenges which prevent isolated seniors from participating in community programs and services. As well, ROTIS aims to create public awareness around the issue of isolated seniors and to mobilize the community to address the needs of seniors in our community. ROTIS is currently looking for volunteers to help with this initiative.

If you are interested in: facilitating information sessions in local businesses; conducting presentations to community groups; or sitting on one of our working committees please contact the ROTIS program. Members of the working committees should be interested in advocating and taking action on one of the following issues related to seniors: Volunteerism; Transportation; Public Awareness.

For more information please contact Stephanie Piovesan at 613-232-0727 or Stephanie.piovesan@rogers.com

Help us help seniors in need!

"Teachers make the best volunteers…" says Karen Support Group team

Be a part of a team who enjoys supporting the wonderful new Canadians from the Burma-Thai refugee camps.

The Karen Support Group would greatly appreciate volunteer hours from interested individuals to support the English language learning of students attending public school in all grades.

Do what you can with a commitment based on what you can regularly fit into your schedule. Orientation is provided.
[Karen Support Group October, 2010 Newsletter (PDF)]

Please respond to Mindy Woolcott
by mindyw@rogers.com OR phone 613-612-172
Work with social group for adults with physical disabilities

We are looking for a volunteer pianist and also someone else to serve as choir director for a group of about twenty physically challenged adults and their volunteers. Other volunteers would also be welcome.

HIGH HORIZONS is a social group for adults (aged 18 - 65 years of age) with physical disabilities that meets Tuesdays from September to June at MacKay United Church Memorial Hall, 39 Dufferin Rd. in Ottawa. Activities include crafts, an exercise group, a choir, watercolour painting led by a professional artist (Stuart Beaty), a choir and after lunch entertainment. Nineteen churches donate lunches. We also have attendant care provided by Good Companions. Our problem is that our volunteers are getting older, and our pianist has indicated that this is the last year she can help us. We have had someone filling in as choir director who is also anxious to leave the post because of her many commitments to the group.

Please contact Yvonne Cadieux at 613-746-9699 if you can help