Monday, October 22, 2018 — The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa who has a longstanding reputation of helping children, youth and families living in Ottawa has donated $12,500 to the OCH Foundation. The donation will support three of the Foundation’s initiatives, namely the Pack a Sack, recLINK and Youth Futures programs.
Helping Children Succeed in the Classroom
Through its annual Pack a Sack campaign, the OCH Foundation ensures that children who cannot afford school supplies have the same opportunity to succeed as their classmates. Alongside our local partners: Staples, Scotiabank, Bridgehead, and the Caring and Sharing Exchange, the OCH Foundation raises funds to purchase backpacks and school supplies that are distributed over to children and youth living in Ottawa Community Housing.
Impact: 1,000 packs were supplied in 2018. Since the program’s inception, over 3,000 packs have been distributed.
Promoting Healthy Development through Recreation and Sport
Through the recLINK program, the OCH Foundation provides access to recreation and sport opportunities for children in low-income communities. The program’s “boots on the ground” approach allows for direct interaction with the families living in social housing. By working from within the community, our staff are able to assess specific needs. recLINK is designed in recognition of the evidence that recreation and sport is crucial to healthy development, particularly during the critical after-school hours and weekends. 300 children were provided access to recreation in 2017.
Impact: Over 800 children and youth have received access to subsidized recreation since the program’s inception.
Bridging the Gap to Post-secondary Education through training and summer employment
The Youth Futures program supports post-secondary participation among youth in living in low-income communities. The seven-month program helps youth build successful futures and strong communities. Youth Futures provides skills-training, mentorship and summer employment needed to succeed in college and university. 150 youth participated in the program in 2018.
Impact: Since its inception, over 1,000 youth have participated.