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Central Ontario in the Spotlight

ON – Do you have a passion for improving your community by influencing the distribution of public funds, rescuing animals, feeding those in need or helping launch rewarding careers? In as little as two hours, you can make a real difference as a volunteer. Chances are you’ll also have some fun and meet new people. In the spotlight this week are some of the many charities/non-profit organizations urgently in need of volunteers in central Ontario.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is looking for Grant Review team members. Up to 336 volunteers are chosen from 16 geographically based catchment areas to help determine how public funds will be granted to important causes. Volunteers should have a knowledge of their communities, advanced computer skills and be able to commit time to reviewing applications and attending meetings three to four times per year.

The Turtle Pond Wildlife Centre, located at the north end of Sudbury, rescues and rehabilitates an average of 200 animals per year. Their focus is on rehabilitating injured turtles, but the centre also comes to the aid of wounded bats and birds. This non-profit organization is currently in need of volunteers to help with animal care, fostering, transportation, fundraising and education.

Dress for Success in Ottawa is seeking Wardrobe Consultants. Volunteers help women choose clothing and personal care products to make a positive, professional impression at interviews and new workplaces. Assistance can be virtual or in-person using appropriate COVID-19 safety measures. The deadline to apply is September 30.

Food bank hamper packers are needed by the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre. Their clients include people with disabilities and seniors who find it difficult to do their grocery shopping as well as families struggling to make ends meet. Volunteers are needed every Tuesday from either 9 a.m. to noon, or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

ElderDog in Kingston is seeking people to foster dogs for seniors who are temporarily unable to care for their pets due to illness, injury, social isolation, etc. This non-profit is also seeking people to assist with basic dog care so that seniors and their pets can stay together as long as possible. Volunteering usually involves dog walking, simple grooming, or delivering food provided by ElderDog.

If you participate in these or any other projects, please contact Sutton Spirit by email lharrison@sutton.com or stories@suttonspirit.com. Share your news and inspire others!

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