Now that 2012 is already here, there’s still a chance you’re keeping up with those New Year’s resolutions. If giving back to the community was one of your ideas, here are a few volunteering opportunities around Ottawa.
Overbrook Starlight Children’s Foundation
Starlight Children’s Foundation, located in the Overbrook area, is a great way to help seriously ill children and their families. Volunteers can lend their support in many different ways by creating or developing recreational events that benefit families, or helping with fundraising and administration. All volunteers must fill out a form and attend orientation. If you would like to work directly with the children, a background check and training is required. See the online application to learn more about these special programs.
If you’re an animal lover you’ll definitely want to check out Hopeful Hearts Dog Rescue. This organization focuses on foster care, especially for elderly dogs and special needs dogs. Volunteers can help out by working with the dogs, assisting with fundraising events and advertising. Fill out the online form if you would like to find out more.
Kanata Food Cupboard
If you live out in west Ottawa, you may consider volunteering for The Kanata Food Cupboard. Help with donation pick up and transport, sorting and packing food, and cleaning out the facilities on the last Saturday of each month. Be sure to call ahead of time to find out what help is needed on which days of the week.
Assist the Elderly
The Glebe Centre is a non-profit long-term care home located in Ottawa’s Walking District. Volunteers can assist with meals and fun activities for the residents, among other things. Make sure to fill out the online form if this sounds like something you may be interested in.
If you know of a place in need of volunteers be sure to tell us!