Ottawa Community Housing Foundation’s “Kits for Kids” Campaign receives support from CST Inspired Minds Learning Project

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 — Young people living in Ottawa Community Housing neighborhoods are about to get a ‘boredom buster” thanks to a recent grant from the CST Inspired Minds Learning Project. The project is a funding program focused on supporting education programs for children and youth (K-12).

The OCH Foundation’s Kits for Kids campaign was launched in May 2020 in partnership with Wintergreen Learning Materials in response to tenant requests for support for children’s learning and engagement.

“During our wellness checks in March and April, our families were sharing that they were looking for ideas to support their child’s learning and to help spark some joy due to feelings of isolation, kids missing their friends, and not being able to go outside and play,” said Sharon Jollimore, Director of Programs and Innovation. “The three at-home learning kits support math literacy, creativity and movement and were developed with curriculum specific outcomes in mind. The Kits can also help address the learning gap which can be bridged over the summer months.”

The OCH Foundation has recently added a fourth “Summer-Active” Kit to help move children and youth outdoors.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a significant disruption in education, creating immense pressure for community groups and schools to find new ways to support youth in their learning.  It’s also created pressure on parents as they confronted the new realities of working from home, while trying to support their children’s distance learning.

That’s why the 2020 Learning Project focused on supporting the efforts that organizations across Canada were making to fill the gap. From a total funding pool of $140,000, qualifying organizations were eligible to receive up to $5,000 to support their needs. Thirty groups across Canada received funding to keep children learning during these uncertain times.

The OCH Foundation is grateful to CST Inspired Minds Learning Project for the financial support that will allow the Organization to disseminate more Kits to OCH Families. So far the uptake has been positive and families that have received kits have been sharing the impact they have made on children during this significant disruption in their family and children’s lives.

“My children really loved the kit; the games were great. It was a great way to keep them busy and occupied during this Pandemic, ” said Justin, an OCH resident.

About OCH Foundation for Healthy Communities
The OCH Foundation is committed to identifying and alleviating the social needs of tenants living in Ottawa Community Housing. It helps families, youth, children and seniors achieve personal success with a focus on education, employment and community engagement.

About CST Inspired Minds

CST Inspired Minds® is a CST Foundation initiative grounded in our commitment to help today’s children become tomorrow’s successful adults. We are currently running two programs under CST Inspired Minds: CST Inspired Minds Learning Project and Careers 2030. Since 2014, the CST Inspired Minds® Learning Project has awarded nearly $850,000 to fund learning activities for children and youth in grades K-12 in communities across Canada. CST continues to be inspired by the commitment these organizations have shown to their children and their communities.

For more information please contact:

Christa Allevato
Director, Resource Development
Ottawa Community Housing Foundation