News release: Charity Golf Tournament Raises $62,000 to Support Individuals Living in Ottawa Community Housing

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 — News release: Charity Golf Tournament Raises $62,000 to Support Individuals Living in Ottawa Community Housing

Sept. 21, 2021 – Did you know the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation supports individuals living in OCH communities by providing programming in the areas of education, employment and community engagement?

This year marks the eighth Annual Charity Golf Tournament held in support of the Foundation. For the second time, registration was sold out, and 148 golfers took to the Loch Marsh Golf and Country Club Course in Kanata – raising $62,000 this year, and $425,000 over the last eight years.

There are many programs supported by the Foundation that will benefit from this fundraiser and the many golfers who donated. Programs like recLINK – which connects children living in OCH communities to arts, camps and sport programs at no cost to families, and the Inspired By Learning Bursary, and Pack-a-Sack program – which help with post-secondary education and sending children back to school in September, equipped and ready to learn. The Foundation also supports the Youth Futures program, which provides mentorship and leadership training for more than 100 students entering post-secondary school each year – many from OCH neighborhoods.

QUOTES

“It is such an incredible show of support that we were able to sell out the golf tournament this year. The funds will support youth and families, by eliminating some of the barriers they face, and help break the cycle of poverty.”

– Angela Bégin, Executive Director, OCH Foundation

“We are so fortunate to have this generous support from the community. The pandemic has amplified many needs in OCH communities, the work the Foundation does is so important and helps improve the lives of tenants.”

– Wayne French, Chair, OCH Foundation Board

QUICK FACTS:

· Thanks to a new partnership between the OCH Foundation and reCycles Ottawa, the Foundation was able to provide 60 children with bikes and safety equipment in the last year.

· This year, thanks to its Pack-a-Sack Program, the Foundation has been able to purchase over $20,000 worth of back-to-school supplies with the help of Staples Canada

· 130 youth graduated from the 2021 Youth Futures program, following leadership training, a job placement and mentorship support to ensure they have the tools they need to succeed in post-secondary studies.

 

About OCH Foundation

Committed to the 32,000 tenants living in Ottawa Community Housing, the OCH Foundation helps families, youth and children achieve personal success through education, employment and community engagement projects. The Foundation has raised over 4.1 million dollars since its inception which has been redistributed through tenant focused programs and initiatives. ochfoundation.ca | Twitter | LinkedIN | Facebook

 

For additional information please contact:

Briar Gornall Communications and Engagement Coordinator Briar.Gornall@OCHFoundation.ca