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Welcome to Pay It Forward - Ottawa Volunteering!

Do you want to meet other people where you'll be engaged in meaningful, inclusive and fun activities which make a difference where you live?

If you do . . . then you've found the right place and the right group of new friends!
This is where conscious people come to take action.

The idea is simple: WE PAY IT FORWARD. We meet at a local event, fundraiser, organization or agency, roll up our sleeves, and then volunteer.

Our group is aimed at creating a place for like-minded people to meet while helping their community.

Bring yourself, your friends and spread the word.

We look forward to meeting you SOON!

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Upcoming events (5+)

Shepherds of Good Hope - Easter Sunday Lunch Serving

Shepherds of Good Hope is the largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to the needs of the homeless and impoverished in the city of Ottawa. It was founded 30 years ago, and today supports over 1600 people on a daily basis. In this activity we will help prepare and serve food to some of the poor and the homeless in our community on Easter Sunday. Some guidelines: - Please arrive at 233 Murray Street at 8:30 am; parking is available in the parking lot at 233 Murray Street. Volunteer entrance is at the back of the build ing in the parking lot - We ask that volunteers stay until 12:30 pm to help with serving during dinner meal and cleaning up - Please sign the Group Release and Waiver upon arrival (see below for minors) - Volunteers are urged to leave valuables at home. We suggest locking purses and other items of value in the trunk of your vehicle where possible. - There is a closet to lock jackets and other items in; please ensure the door to this closet is closed at all times - Volunteers are asked to maintain boundaries with those we serve; off site contact is not permitted, please refrain from sharing personal information such as phone numbers, email addresses, etc. - Volunteers are asked to refrain from intervening in any situation of physical or verbal aggression and that all incidents are reported to staff - Volunteers are asked to follow universal safety precautions by wearing latex gloves, closed toed shoes, and being cautious when handling bags of donations - Please dress appropriately – keep shoulders, midriff, and knees covered. Refrain from wearing items that have explicit pictures or language. - Youth 14+ are welcomed to join a group. Minors may provide assistance in the soup kitchen during meal preparation then can assist in organizing the clothing program in the basement of 233 Murray with the supervision of an adult. - Minors can not be on the main floor of 233 Murray Street during the hours that we are open to serve to the community. Minor Waiver forms are available with staff. THIS EVENT IS A COMMITMENT TO VOLUNTEERING AND CONTRIBUTING. There are limited spots for participation in this event and your Pay it Forward team is counting on your commitment. Therefore, ATTENDANCE WILL BE MONITORED at this event. If you are a Yes and you cancel the same day as the event or do not show up, your RSVP may be removed from future events where attendance is monitored.

The Oaks - Easter Dinner Prep and Serving

1057 Merivale Rd

The Oaks needs our help due to a last minute cancellation from one of their groups. It's a busy Easter weekend! If you can help please sign-up. Tasks are slicing turkeys, ham, mashing potatoes, prepping veggies, cutting up dessert for snacks, serving and clean-up. The Oaks has been part of the Sherpherd of Good hope facilities and Services since 2009. It is a 55-unit facility, located across two buildings in the west end of Ottawa. It houses a Managed Alcohol Program and an aging-at-home program, and provides a limited number of residential units to the Canadian Mental Health Association. This facility offers its residents treatment, support, a home — and a very real sense of community.

Dinners Unlimited - Easter Meal (414 Sparks Street)

Christ Church Cathedral Hall

This meal is for those who are vulnerable in the community. Volunteers are needed between 9 & 3:30, in 3 hour shifts. (The meal is served from 10 until 3). If you can give 3 hours to this worthwhile cause to help serve dinner please RSVP yes. If you have a preference to work morning or afternoon, mention it in the comments please. I will make a schedule the day before the event and try to accommodate everyone. **** ***For past dinners, volunteers have donated coleslaw, cheese platters, beets, pickles, chow-chow etc. It makes the dinner extra special and festive. If you can bring one of these - that would be terrific. *****Desserts are desperately needed. If you can contribute some home baking or store bought desserts, fruit salad, rice pudding, everything is appreciated. If you cannot work but would like to contribute desserts, that's great too. Contributions can be dropped off any time after 9:00 THIS EVENT IS A COMMITMENT TO VOLUNTEERING AND CONTRIBUTING. There are limited spots for participation in this very popular event and your Pay it Forward team is counting on your commitment. Therefore, ATTENDANCE WILL BE MONITORED at this event. If you are a Yes and you cancel the same day as the event or do not show up, your RSVP may be removed from future events where attendance is monitored. If you are on the waitlist and can no longer attend please change your status to Not Going so that if a spot opens someone else on the waitlist can attend.

Ottawa Mission Annual Easter Dinner - Serving

The Ottawa Mission

Come on out and help serve a delicious roast beef dinner at the Ottawa Mission. It's their annual Easter dinner and is open to anyone in the community who is hungry, homeless or alone on the holiday weekend.

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Shepherds of Good Hope - Soup Kitchen

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