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IT’S FINALLY GO TIME!! The River has receded past the banks and we can start our flood clean up. We need many kind, patient, helping hands to return our beloved club to it’s beautiful self again as quickly as possible. We are also looking for contributions of food to fuel our volunteers during this work. More info is below about the clean up efforts and dock installation.

Parking in the ORC lot may be limited during the clean up and dock installation. Volunteers are encouraged to walk, bike or take public transit. If you do drive, please be prepared to park in the market and make the short walk to the club.

We also have special events that we want to make great for our community. Kind, helping hands are also much appreciated to make our summer events the best they can be.

Please indicate when and how you can help using this form. Or just show up for the clean up and a job will be assigned to you. We are eternally grateful for any time, energy and positive vibes you can send our way.

If you prefer to send an email, please send it to melissa@ottawarowingclub.com.
June 4 until complete, Flood Clean Up:

Clean up efforts will begin on Tuesday, June 4 beginning at 9am. We will be cleaning up each weekday this week between 9am and 6pm. Please show up if you can help. You will be given a job when you arrive. Volunteers should:

  • dress for the weather
  • bring work gloves
  • wear durable, close toed boots or footwear (rubber boots are recommended)
  • bring a water bottle, hat, snacks just in case
  • bring a rake, shovel, wheelbarrow, gardening tools, brooms and/or chainsaw if you have access to these.

Food contributions to help fuel the work ahead can be dropped off at the ORC between June 4 and June 7, 9am to 5pm and on June 8 between 9am and 11am.

June 8, Dock Install: We will be installing our docks on June 8 starting at 9am. This is also a giant task where we need help. It typically takes until early afternoon to complete installation.

June 15, 9am to 12pm, Try Rowing Day for Ages 12 to 17:
We will be hosting a free try rowing day for Ottawa youth. We’ve taken our Let’s Row Ottawa program to multiple schools and now we’re giving students the opportunity to try rowing on water for free this day. We need volunteers to help out on the docks, on the water as boat drivers and as rowers to take youth out on the water to try rowing on the Ottawa River.

July 1, 10am to 3pm, Celebrate Canada Day:
This is a Canada Day celebration where we offer all kinds of water sports for free on the River at the ORC boathouse. Our celebration is free and open to the public. We need a variety of volunteers to help out with the public on the grounds and in the boathouses that day and on the water and docks.