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Options Bytown Non-Profit Housing Corporation

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Louisa Cameron
Community Development Manager
Options Bytown Non-Profit Housing Corporation

380 Cumberland St.
Ottawa, ON
Canada K1N 9P3

TEL: 613-241-6363
FAX: 613-241-4855

E-mail: info@optionsbytown.com

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Aboriginals (First Nation, Metis, Inuit); Visible Minorities or New Canadians; Disadvantaged; LGBTTQ; Men; People with disabilities or medical conditions; Seniors; Women; Homeless

Options Bytown ends and prevents homelessness, one person at a time through a range of support systems. There are currently over 220 individuals who were formerly chronically homeless now living in Options Bytown buildings or have permanent housing in apartments across the city with supports through the Housing First program. These individuals receive housing and ongoing support from Options Bytown staff to help them maintain their tenancy, strengthen their life skills, work towards personal goals, and connect them with their surrounding community.

Options Bytown also prevents homelessness by providing support to another 1000 people living in social housing across the City through eight Resource Centres that are organized and run through a partnership with Ottawa Community Housing. Staff in these resource centres provide support to tenants to make it possible for them to stay housed and achieve a better quality of life. Staff aid them in maintaining their housing, accessing community supports, and any other assistance they may require.



www.optionsbytown.com

Volunteer Opportunities

The Options Bytown Board of Directors is seeking individuals with strong ties to the Ottawa community to join our Board.

Since 1989, Options Bytown has been ending homelessness by providing permanent homes and support services for people who need help to live independently. It operates four housing complexes in central Ottawa that provide permanent housing with on-site supports to 132 men and women. And supports a further 150 people in their housing across the City through their Housing First program which provides housing and mobile support services to people who have been chronically homeless.
Options Bytown also prevents homelessness by providing support to approximately one thousand people per month in eight Resource Centres that are organized and run in partnership with Ottawa Community Housing. Staff in these centres provide support to tenants who are at risk of losing their housing by aiding them in maintaining their housing, accessing community supports, and any other assistance they may require. Options Bytown staff also provide support to tenants living within Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC) housing, who may be particularly vulnerable to housing loss and require additional personal supports.

Options Bytown is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The board handles a number of policy committees including; finance, fundraising, new development, and human resources. We are looking for Board members to be part of a successful organization that is working to build a strong, safe, and healthy community.
The Board's primary responsibility includes:
• Maintaining a long-term outlook by ensuring the continued success and sustainability of the organization;
• Ensuring that policies are in place that will contribute to quality operations; and
• Finding opportunities to expand the organization’s ability to house and support the growing number of homeless in Ottawa.

The Board meets on the third Thursday of every month from September to June from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Preference may be given to applicants with experience and applied knowledge of the following areas:
• Not for profit management or governance
• Housing
• Fundraising

If you want to make a difference in your community by getting involved, please communicate with Mitchell Miculia through email at miculia@gmail.com for more information.
Location: 380 Cumberland Street, Ottawa,Ontario
Deadline: May 31, 2018
Volunteer Description:
We are seeking friendly volunteers to help give tired walls a new lease of life, making communal spaces and private living spaces a pleasant environment to be in. You must be able to prepare surfaces to paint and be confident in painting large areas. You will need to be reliable, have attention to detail and able to use initiative and work autonomously.

This volunteer opportunity does not have set days and hours; volunteers will be contacted as required. The days and times can be flexible to your availability. However, some flexibility around tenants and staff schedules would be required.

Requirements:
• Vulnerable Sector Police check

Location: Main Office - 380 Cumberland St, Ottawa, On K1n 9P#
Volunteer opportunities available at different locations.
Deadline: May 31, 2018
At Options Bytown Supported Housing, we have tenants interested in Jewelry Making. Making jewelry is fun - do you have the skills and time to help our tenants learn and develop their skills to make beaded necklaces, bracelets and other types of jewelry.

Your Role
• Help tenants learn the basics of making beaded jewelry
• Provide an opportunity for hands-on experience
• Encourage tenants to be creative and use their imagination.

Requirements
• Vulnerable sector police check
• This opportunity has flexible hours and times.
• Options Bytown will cover the cost of the supplies.
Location: 379 Gilmour St, Ottawa
Deadline: May 31, 2018
Volunteer Description:
Are you passionate about your hobby? Would you like to share your skills with others? If yes, this is for you. Options Bytown is currently seeking volunteers who will share their hobby or interest with others. This could be a craft or specific skill, the gift of music or any other talent you may have.

Your Role
• Introduce tenants to your hobby
• Provide an opportunity for hands-on experience
• Share something you're passionate about.

Requirements
• Vulnerable sector police check
• This opportunity has flexible hours and times.
Location: Main office - 380 Cumberland, Ottawa, ON, K1N 9P3
Volunteer opportunities available at different locations.
Deadline: May 31, 2018