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Jewish Youth Library of Ottawa

Elinore Rabin
Program Coordinator
Jewish Youth Library of Ottawa

192 Switzer Avenue
Ottawa, ON
Canada K1Z7H8

TEL: (613) 729-1619


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People with disabilities or medical conditions; Youth (16-18 years); Youth (11-15 years); Children (0-10 years)

The Friendship Circle of Ottawa is a program run by the Jewish Youth Library of Ottawa and seeks to provide inclusive opportunities for volunteers and children with special needs. The Friends at Home program connects young
volunteers to a child that has special needs, offering weekly visits and companionship in the child's home.

Volunteer Opportunities

Friendship Circle of Ottawa is seeking a young volunteer (high school or university student) to offer simple companionship on a weekly basis to a 17-year-old girl with special needs. She is extremely shy and interested in music. It is very difficult for her to open up and make friends, so a lot of patience and commitment is important. Online communication is not ideal, so an ability to travel to Dunrobin for in-person (socially distanced for now) visits is important.

Friendship Circle is a registered charity that pairs kids with special needs to volunteers who offer their support and friendship. The kids in our program struggle to make friends and are often bullied, so commitment is important.
Location: 3055 Barlow Crescent
Deadline: Jun 30, 2021