VO is recruiting and deploying volunteers to respond to the volunteer needs specific to COVID-19 in Ottawa, Prescott-Russell, Lanark County and Renfrew County while ensuring proper screening and training protocals to safeguard the health of those volunteering and those they are assisting. Please see the intake portals for volunteers, for members, and for other agencies on our hompage. VO’s COVID 19 volunteer deployment program is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the Ottawa Community Foundation.
In 2010, Tim Scapillato was scanning through Facebook when he saw a post looking for a sighted guide to help a blind runner qualify for the Boston Marathon. After more than two decades of competing as a solo marathoner and triathlete, Tim had been looking for an opportunity to give back to the running community which had filled his life with many rewards.
He answered that call which had been put out by the Won with One Triathlon Team, a program which supported people who are blind or visually impaired compete in triathlons with the aid of a sighted guide. What began as one volunteer opportunity led him to guiding blind athletes for the last six years in over 20 races in Canada and the USA. Tim also joined the volunteer Board of Directors for Won with One and in 2015 was an instrumental part of helping to expand their work from one program into a highly successful registered non-profit organization now known as The Tandem Project, which is focused on changing the lives of people who are blind and sighted two steps at a time.
In addition to his work with The Tandem Project, Tim volunteers as a Big Brother through the TriBuddies program set up by athletes to encourage children to become more physically active. He also volunteers his time to set the pace as a “bunny” at the National Capital Race Weekend, and supports up and coming runners as a training partner and pacer in their athletic pursuits. In 2015, Tim volunteered as a Swim Angel in the Bring on the Bay race to help a physically challenged athlete complete the 3k open water swim.