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Three great volunteering opportunities you can register for right now

The Peace Tower seen from the National Gallery. (Photo/file)

Ottawa is a great city for volunteering. Ask almost anyone and they’ll agree our communities love to give back. If you’re looking to get involved, here’s three open opportunities that recently came across our newsdesk…

GLAD Cleaning the Capital

The popular city-wide spring-cleaning program is back for 2019. It runs from April 15–May 15. Early bird registration opened last week at ottawa.ca/clean, so grab a few friends and neighbours and pick your cleanup spot now!

End-of-life care

Hospice Care Ottawa is looking for compassionate people to volunteer with them. HCO is a charity that provides palliative and end-of-life care to people in Ottawa at no cost to patients.

They’re currently recruiting bilingual volunteers to help at their east-end site, La Maison de l’Est, 879 Hiawatha Park Rd. There will be two French information sessions at the site on March 25 and 26. Volunteer training begins April 16.

Alternatively, you can donate to Hospice Care Ottawa on their website.

Dragon Boat Festival

In late June, the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival will bring tens of thousands of people to Mooney’s Bay Beach. They’ll not only see 200 teams compete in dragon boat racing, but also enjoy free concerts, sports attractions and other features. As a not-for-profit, this all comes together thanks to volunteers.

They’re accepting applications until June 23. This is a great opportunity for high school students looking to get their volunteer hours, as they accept volunteers as young as 14. More info…

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