Ottawa Community Foundation https://www.ocf-fco.ca Your centre for community philanthropy Wed, 21 Nov 2018 20:03:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://www.ocf-fco.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/OCF_EN-icon-66x66.png Ottawa Community Foundation https://www.ocf-fco.ca 32 32 Kitchen Connections https://www.ocf-fco.ca/blog/foodworks/ Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:35:05 +0000 https://www.ocf-fco.ca/?p=9137 OCF donor funds FoodWorks Program creating job opportunities for our youth Gnocchi with roast squash and garlic cream; ginger, lime and chili chicken with peanut sauce and cider and thyme glazed beets. These are just some of the mouth-watering recipes on the menu at FoodWorks, an employment program and thriving social enterprise created by Operation [...]

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OCF donor funds FoodWorks Program creating job opportunities for our youth

Gnocchi with roast squash and garlic cream; ginger, lime and chili chicken with peanut sauce and cider and thyme glazed beets. These are just some of the mouth-watering recipes on the menu at FoodWorks, an employment program and thriving social enterprise created by Operation Come Home.

FoodWorks provides at-risk youth the opportunity to gain valuable work experience. Over a three-to-six-month period, they train alongside professional chef Bruce Wood, preparing fresh, wholesome meals and delivering them to the homes of FoodWorks clients three days a week.

As is often the case, when our Grants Committee recommends that a particular application receive funding, we share the idea with donors whose interests might align with the project.  With a long history of supporting initiatives that empower youth to overcome adversity, a donor who relies on the Ottawa Community Foundation to help her meet her philanthropic objectives provided a grant of $45,000 over two years to staff the kitchen and buy equipment to run the program.

“We cherish our role in presenting opportunities like this to our donors,” says Bibi Patel, Vice-President. “They value the intelligence we provide and in turn, the community appreciates the success we have in tapping into our donors’ generosity and commitment to improving the quality of life for everyone in our city.”

“If it weren’t for the grants, we would have struggled a lot more to get the program up and running and we would not have been able to create as many jobs,” explains Lynda Franc, the Director of Development for Operation Come Home.

Ellen Watts, a former participant of the FoodWorks employment program, has used her new culinary and life skills to help her find meaningful employment.

As the program grows, they’ll be able to hire more youth and create more training opportunities for people like Ellen Watts, a FoodWorks employee. She firmly believes that the FoodWorks program has had a positive impact on Ellen’s life.  And based on her journey so far, it certainly has.

Since completing her contract with FoodWorks, Ellen secured a job in a grocery store and continues to thrive. She was recently invited to share her story as part of Operation Come Home’s Breakfast on the Rideau event, where at-risk youth share their success stories.

“Before I went into Operation Come Home, I had severe anxiety and it was always a struggle to get out of bed in the morning,” the 21-year-old recalls.  “It’s given me the confidence to try new things.  I didn’t think I would ever want to work in a kitchen, but I have really loved my time here.”

With the funds raised through the social enterprise, Operation Come Home invests in additional employment, education, and support programs and services for youth 16 and up.

Operation Come Home also offers young adults the support to finish high school or start a small business. By engaging vulnerable youth through their interests, they’re then able to halt the cycle of poverty.

Over the last three years, 35 youth have gone through the FoodWorks program, with approximately 75 per cent of the graduates going on to find and maintain employment for at least three months.


If you are interested in learning more about FoodWorks, visit https://www.foodworksottawa.ca/
The Ottawa Community Foundation continues to be a proud grantmaker to a broad array of causes in our community. Our flagship Community Grants Program has two deadlines per year for applications. Please check out the program’s section on our website for more information.

 

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Grocery Store on Wheels https://www.ocf-fco.ca/blog/market-mobile/ Thu, 18 Oct 2018 18:47:34 +0000 https://www.ocf-fco.ca/?p=9106 MarketMobile drives changes for at-risk communities   Rakesh Misra (middle) began as a MarketMobile customer and now work as a volunteer for the program. When it’s minus 10 degrees outside with a bone-chilling wind, the last thing you want to do is walk the three kilometres it takes to reach the nearest grocery [...]

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MarketMobile drives changes for at-risk communities

 

Rakesh Misra (middle) began as a MarketMobile customer and now work as a volunteer for the program.

When it’s minus 10 degrees outside with a bone-chilling wind, the last thing you want to do is walk the three kilometres it takes to reach the nearest grocery store. But for many families without cars, making that trek is the only way to stock their fridge with fresh fruits and vegetables.

That was until MarketMobile rolled into a number of Ottawa neighbourhoods. In 2015, one year after completing a pilot program, the social enterprise received a grant of $125,000 from the Ottawa Community Foundation as the winner of our New Leaf Community Challenge, to help them expand.

Aptly nicknamed the “grocery store on wheels,” MarketMobile helps ensure people living in marginalized neighbourhoods have the opportunity to purchase affordable and fresh produce close to where they live.

The grant allowed them to build the infrastructure needed to expand the program to two days a week and hire a full-time program officer and two part-time drivers. Today, the program is driving real change for those who are struggling to obtain healthy and nutritious meals for themselves and their families. For children, a healthy diet can have a lasting impact on their physical, mental and emotional well-being.

“When I lived in the Bayshore area I used to have to walk to Lincoln Fields to buy my groceries,” explains 62-year-old Rakesh Misra, a MarketMobile customer turned program volunteer. “I am a vegetarian, so fresh produce is an important part of my diet and I couldn’t always get the foods I needed on a regular basis. Without a vehicle, I sometimes couldn’t make it to the store, but luckily, MarketMobile showed up in my neighbourhood.”

The MarketMobile truck now operates three days a week, and travels to eight different communities: Parkdale, Pinecrest Terrace, Sandy Hill, Carlington, Overbrook, Morrison Gardens, Bayshore, and Mechanicsville. A successful partnership with Loblaws and The Community Food Hub allows MarketMobile to offer customers fresh produce at a reduced price—in some instances, the savings are up to 25 per cent.

Along with more than 40 varieties of fresh produce, MarketMobile also stocks its shelves with popular dried staples such as oats, beans, tuna, spaghetti, and coffee. Rakesh was so impressed with the program that three years ago he decided to pitch in and help deliver the service.

“When I go around the different communities, one of my favourite things to do is chat with the clients,” he explains. “I still remember chatting with this one gentleman whose doctor told him he needed to eat healthier or he would have to get a pacemaker.  He knew that he could make the lifestyle change because MarketMobile was in his community every week and he could access fresh foods regularly.”

MarketMobile is constantly on the move and attracts a wide range of clients, from new Canadians and seniors living on a fixed income, to young professional and growing families.

“More and more, there are a lot of young parents coming to the truck with small children and it’s the kids who are helping to do the shopping,” Rakesh notes. “Without junk food or candy to choose from, the children are making healthier choices and instead of picking up a bag of chips or a chocolate bar, they grab a basket of strawberries or oranges.”

To find out more about the specific dates, times, and locations, visit the MarketMobile website at http://www.marketmobileottawa.ca/schedule.

The New Leaf Community Challenge is an annual major grant initiative that attracts and supports collaborative, strategic approaches to selected key issues in the community. Learn more

 

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Sparking an interest in Science https://www.ocf-fco.ca/blog/scientists-in-school/ Tue, 02 Oct 2018 20:27:02 +0000 https://www.ocf-fco.ca/?p=9023 With a grant from the Ottawa Community Foundation (OCF), Scientists in School is getting local children and youth excited about science and technology. What began 29 years ago as an opportunity for students in the small community of Durham, Ontario to participate in hands-on activities in the classroom, has spread across the province. Scientists in [...]

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With a grant from the Ottawa Community Foundation (OCF), Scientists in School is getting local children and youth excited about science and technology. What began 29 years ago as an opportunity for students in the small community of Durham, Ontario to participate in hands-on activities in the classroom, has spread across the province.

Scientists in School is now a leading science education charity that has reached nine million students from kindergarten through eighth grade since 1989. Workshops like I Can Be A Scientist and Simply Marvellous Machines are mesmerizing children as young as four and introducing them to the world of STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“We don’t see many applications for science-based initiatives for the primary grades so their application really stood out to our Grants Committee as something unique,” explains Karen Green, Chair of the OCF’s Grant Committee.

Over the last decade, the OCF has provided close to $50,000 in Community Grants to Scientists in School to help them expand in the area, which includes developing French workshops to reach Ottawa’s francophone community.

The funding in recent years has allowed the organization to provide complimentary workshops to schools in low-income areas around the city. For some schools, enrichment programs like these are not affordable. Scientists in School exposes children and youth to STEM as a way to broaden their future career options or simply show them how science touches their daily lives. In 2017, a $12,000 grant from the Foundation helped them reach over 1,500 students.

Queen Elizabeth Public School is one Ottawa school that was able to host a Family Science Night. The event allowed parents and caregivers to participate in the activities with their child to instil a sense of confidence and excitement for science outside the classroom.

Jessica Lewis shared the experience with her two daughters. As a mother and chair of the school’s council, she was impressed at how organized Scientists in School was. “The workshop leaders were fantastic,” says Jessica. “They had everything ready for us and they even printed out the flyers that got sent home so that students could continue the conversation with their family.”

With the OCF grant they were also able to bring their Adventures in the Bone Zone workshop to 12 elementary English Literacy Development (ELD) classes last year.

Participants identified, sorted, and assembled bones of a rodent skeleton to study anatomy.  For many, this was their first time seeing a microscope or handling a magnifying glass.

Newcomers in Canada account for many of the students, so the ELD program emphasizes language as part of its curriculum to integrate them into larger classrooms. Martha Mackenzie-Venzia, an ELD instructional coach with the Ottawa Catholic District School Board, has seen first hand how the Scientists in School workshops can improve language development.

“It wasn’t just science. The Bone Zone workshop linked to multiple language pieces within the curriculum, such as writing step-by-step instructions and hands-on exploration,” explains Martha. “If you are really going to learn the language it really has to be rooted in an experience or memory.”

“Some of these students have not had the chance to do a lot of things we take for granted, so seeing them so eager to learn was amazing,” she adds. “I truly believe that this experience will take them on a trajectory into STEM.”

If you are interested in learning more about Scientists in School and their curriculum-aligned classroom or community workshop programs, visit scientistsinschool.ca.

 

 

 The Ottawa Community Foundation continues to be a proud grantmaker to a broad array of causes in our community. Our flagship Community Grants Program has two deadlines per year for applications. Please check out the Program’s section on our website for more information.

 

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United Ways, Canadian Red Cross and community partners join together in the aftermath of the storm https://www.ocf-fco.ca/blog/united-ways-canadian-red-cross-and-community-partners-join-together-in-the-aftermath-of-the-storm/ Thu, 27 Sep 2018 19:19:10 +0000 https://www.ocf-fco.ca/?p=9081 Wednesday, September 26, 2018, Ottawa — As the city moves from crisis to recovery in the wake of Friday’s devastating storms, United Way Ottawa is working with the Canadian Red Cross and The Salvation Army to address both immediate needs and longer-term support for the city over the coming months. Over the weekend, United Way [...]

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018, Ottawa — As the city moves from crisis to recovery in the wake of Friday’s devastating storms, United Way Ottawa is working with the Canadian Red Cross and The Salvation Army to address both immediate needs and longer-term support for the city over the coming months.

Over the weekend, United Way Ottawa was in close contact with frontline agencies, City of Ottawa officials and partners to determine which areas of the city were hardest hit by the storm and what their needs were as a result of the destruction. With this information in mind, United Way Ottawa will work with its partners, the City of Ottawa, The Salvation Army, the Ottawa Food Bank, the Ottawa Community Foundation, the Ottawa Senators Foundation, Ottawa Community Housing and the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation, the Champlain Community Support Network, and other regional United Ways to ensure funds are invested where they are needed most and where they will have the greatest impact.

“We are bringing key organizations together and investing to support our community in this time of great need,” said Michael Allen, President and CEO of United Way Ottawa. “It is United Way Ottawa’s role to aid in the ongoing support of our community, and to ensure that vulnerable populations are not overlooked as we rebuild and recover from this natural disaster.”

United Way Ottawa will invest an initial $20,000 into the Ottawa Food Bank, plus $5,000 in grocery gift cards donated by Canadian food retailer Metro Inc. to address food security issues. United Way Ottawa is committed to working together as a community after events like Friday’s storm, and we encourage others to join this collaboration. Additional donations to support this effort can be made at www.afterthestorm.ca.

Before the storm and after the rebuild, United Way Ottawa stays in the community 365 days a year to help the city’s most vulnerable. In the coming days, United Way Ottawa will collaborate with experts, service providers and other funding partners. These parties will look at coordinating their investments and resources to address the urgent needs and long term recovery. These needs will include:

  • Ensuring that food banks in the local areas affected by the storm are restocked
  • Providing counselling and information supports for residents where the storm caused the most damage
  • Reaching out and offering supports to vulnerable seniors, who may be more isolated because of the storm

“Our first priority over the coming days is to replenish the 11 food banks that lost power over the weekend and, as a result, lost all of their perishable food,” said Michael Maidment, CEO of the Ottawa Food Bank. “These food banks serve over 7000 people on a regular basis, plus all the individuals and families who lost their food as a result of the power outage. This donation from United Way will be a huge help in rebuilding our stock, and reaching families who were hit hardest by the storm this past weekend.”

“The Canadian Red Cross has been on the ground responding to the needs of the community since the tornadoes hit. Thanks to the generosity of Canadians, money raised will help meet the needs of people affected in the coming days and weeks as recovery efforts unfold. The Red Cross will work with government officials, the United Way and other community partners to help residents recover and move on,” said Tatjana Radovanovic, Senior Director, Ontario Operations, Canadian Red Cross. “The Red Cross and United Way will work to bring community organizations together to discuss community needs and distribution of resources.”

About United Way Ottawa:

United Way Ottawa invests resources where they are needed most and will have the greatest impact. Through research, evaluation and partnerships with community experts we identify the root causes of the biggest social challenges facing our community and help find solutions that change tens of thousands of lives for the better. One hundred percent of donations to United Way Ottawa stay in Ottawa to help those most in need. Learn more about our work at www.unitedwayottawa.ca.

 

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For more information, please contact:
Hayley Robateau, Manager, Media Relations & Communications, United Way Ottawa
Phone : 613-683-3898; Mobile: 613-898-6907
Email : hrobateau@unitedwayottawa.ca
Twitter: @UnitedWayOttawa
Website : www.unitedwayottawa.ca

Danielle Côté, Director, Public Engagement, Ottawa Community Foundation
Phone: 613-236-1616 ext. 232
Email: dcote@ocf-fco.ca
Twitter: @OttCommFdn

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Hales and Hurley Parliamentary Foundation Fund https://www.ocf-fco.ca/blog/hales-hurley/ Wed, 02 May 2018 17:52:48 +0000 https://www.ocf-fco.ca/?p=8611 The Parliamentary Internship Programme’s interns for 2017-2018 in the Hall of Honour in the Centre Block on Parliament Hill. The new Hales and Hurley Parliamentary Foundation will support the PIP’s long-term sustainability and benefit young Canadians for years to come. This story was shared as part of our 2017 Annual Report. Our 2017 [...]

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The Parliamentary Internship Programme’s interns for 2017-2018 in the Hall of Honour in the Centre Block on Parliament Hill. The new Hales and Hurley Parliamentary Foundation will support the PIP’s long-term sustainability and benefit young Canadians for years to come.

This story was shared as part of our 2017 Annual Report.

Our 2017 featured fund was set up by the Parliamentary Internship Programme (PIP) to support its long-term sustainability. Creating these types of funds is a role we are uniquely positioned to play given our success in managing endowments, which generate a steady stream of income for organizations or groups such as the PIP.

Close to 500 young Canadians have benefited from the PIP since its founding in 1969. Recent university graduates and young professionals intern with members of Parliament to gain valuable skills and experience in public service. From writing statements, research papers and questions for Question Period to helping to prepare bills and motions in the House of Commons, participants immerse themselves in the work of Parliament over their 10-month full-time paid placements.

The PIP is the legacy of former MP Alfred Hales, who achieved all-party support to create the program which he saw as an opportunity for Canadians to learn about the legislative process in a meaningful way. Its inaugural director, James Ross Hurley, a former professor at the University of Ottawa, as well as a constitutional advisor in the Federal government, remains a strong supporter of the program.

Over time, dedicated members of the PIP Alumni Association considered the idea of giving back. We were able to offer them a perfect vehicle to explore solutions to enhance their fundraising efforts and legacy giving options, including handling complex gifts and bequests. This led to the establishment of the Hales and Hurley Parliamentary Foundation Fund, one of hundreds we manage.

“Setting up a stand-alone foundation was turning out to be a daunting prospect, but the OCF team quickly offered the viable fund option and took us through the process step-by-step,” explains Dr. Anne Dance, the PIP’s director and herself a former intern in the program. “They specifically tailored the Hales and Hurley Parliamentary Foundation Fund to the short and long-term goals of the Parliamentary Internship Programme and the Alumni Association. They impressed us with the simplicity of giving through the many options they offer.”

Dr. Dance refers to one particular goal that would improve the program’s inclusiveness and accessibility. “The 10 interns have always earned a stipend for their ten months of work,” she explains. “I would like to increase this stipend to ensure it is less of a barrier to applicants with young families or student loans, or for those traveling to Ottawa from remote regions of the country.” The steady and growing income generated from the fund is an ideal way to achieve this goal.

Looking ahead, the program’s upcoming 50th anniversary is expected to spark additional interest among supporters to contribute.

“This will be a wonderful opportunity to grow our fund with the OCF and foster the long-term sustainability of the Programme for many years to come,” Dr Dance concludes. “Thanks to the Hales and Hurley Parliamentary Foundation Fund and the continued expertise of the OCF, our fundraising campaign has become easier—and more ambitious.”

For our part, we are particularly delighted to be part of such an important legacy, one which benefits young people from all across Canada and is played out right in our own backyard.

The PIP is a non-partisan initiative of the Canadian Political Science Association. To learn more their work, click here. If you are interested in establishing a fund with us, please visit our website at ocf-fco.ca.

 

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Creating memories, one ticket at a time https://www.ocf-fco.ca/blog/kids-up-front/ Wed, 11 Apr 2018 19:41:48 +0000 https://www.ocf-fco.ca/?p=8400 A group of local youth watched the Ottawa Senators play their last home game of the season on April 2, 2018, thanks to Kids Up Front partners. There are certain events from your childhood that you will always cherish. Remember the feeling of pure excitement when you attended your first NHL game? Or [...]

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A group of local youth watched the Ottawa Senators play their last home game of the season on April 2, 2018, thanks to Kids Up Front partners.

There are certain events from your childhood that you will always cherish. Remember the feeling of pure excitement when you attended your first NHL game? Or the adrenaline rush you felt going down a ski hill for the first time, or that sense of awe you felt at your first concert? For many families in Ottawa, these are experiences they just can’t afford to give their children.

Kids Up Front is creating these opportunities for Ottawa families by redistributing unused event tickets so that deserving children and their families have access to the stimulating worlds of art, culture and sports. By partnering with child-serving agencies around the city, Kids Up Front is able to identify and connect deserving children to the unused tickets.

In 2017, The Ottawa Community Foundation (OCF) granted $10,000 to the charitable organization to help them bring their concept to the Ottawa market and support an initiative that provides youth with positive experiences in their community, but that can also be life-changing and provide life-long memories.

“These donor dollars really helped us get our program off the ground,” explains Evan Patterson, Executive Director of Kids Up Front Ottawa. “The Foundation was instrumental in our success in year one.”

With key partners and core funding in place, Kids Up Front was able to begin operations. Once they established a good network of local business and child-serving organizations, they were able to begin redistributing tickets donated by their partners. On April 2, 2017, Kids Up Front redistributed their first pair of tickets to a young girl to attend the Juno Awards.

“Our focus in year one was connecting to the community”, explains Evan “We brought strategic key partners from the community together to ensure success.”

Kids Up Front has redistributed tickets for numerous events such as Bluesfest, Comic-Con, and countless Ottawa Senators’ games. While some community partners have donated tickets, others have waived admission fees or provided bus transportation to and from events.

Since their launch in the spring of 2017, Kids Up Front has redistributed over 5,000 tickets and has partnered with 53 child-serving agencies in the Ottawa area. In celebration of the one-year anniversary, they redistributed 40 tickets to local youth from Ottawa Community Housing to watch the Ottawa Senators play their last home game of the season on April 2, 2018.

With a successful first year, Evan has big plans for the future. “Our goal for next year is to focus on growth,” explains Evan. He hopes to increase public awareness of the organization, strengthen and grow the network of child-serving agencies, volunteers and the number of experiences donated.

Kids Up Front was founded 1999 and has since redistributed over 1 million tickets to children, youth across Canada. They have chapters in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and most recently Halifax. For more information or to see how you can get involved with Kids Up Front visit http://kidsupfront.com.

Kids up Front is one of more than 500 Ottawa-based charitable organizations the Ottawa Community Foundation provided a community grant to in 2017. For more information about the Foundation’s community grant program, visit https://www.ocf-fco.ca/grant-programs/

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Soup with A Social Impact https://www.ocf-fco.ca/blog/eat-more-soup/ Thu, 08 Mar 2018 19:59:05 +0000 https://www.ocf-fco.ca/?p=7951 March 8, 2018 Finding a job can be an extremely difficult and time-consuming task.  It can be especially stressful for adults with disabilities, low literacy skills, or no high school diploma. For these individuals, finding employment can be very challenging, and can result in chronic unemployment and financial instability. But thanks to a new social [...]

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March 8, 2018

Finding a job can be an extremely difficult and time-consuming task.  It can be especially stressful for adults with disabilities, low literacy skills, or no high school diploma. For these individuals, finding employment can be very challenging, and can result in chronic unemployment and financial instability.

But thanks to a new social enterprise funded in part by the Ottawa Community Foundation (OCF), many vulnerable adults are able to gain the skills they need to enter the workforce. The program is called EAT MORE SOUP! and it is providing barrier-free employment training through mentorship and real-life experience. Over the 12-week program, interns work alongside a chef from Monday to Thursday, where they learn how to make delicious soups like spiced carrot, squash, and minestrone, which are then sold as part of the social enterprise.

EAT MORE SOUP! is an initiative of Alternative Learning Styles and Outlook (ALSO), an organization that the OCF is proud to have funded for more than 15 years. ALSO is an adult and family literacy centre that has been serving the Ottawa community for over 35 years.

In 2017, ALSO received a grant from the OCF for just over $15,000 to help launch EAT MORE SOUP! and hire a part-time chef. Later, they secured additional funding that allowed them to transitions to a full-time chef as well as cover the costs of the program for the first year.

“Our success would definitely not have been possible without the [OCF] grant,” explains Kim Oastler, Executive Director of EAT MORE SOUP!

With the funding in place, EAT MORE SOUP! was then able to leverage additional resources from the Centre for Social Enterprise Development (CSED). “My background is in not-for-profit so the food industry has been a steep learning curve,” says Kim. “Being a part of the CSED food Accelerator Program has been so helpful for me, from writing a business plan, to connecting me with the right people, and answering my questions. They have been so supportive.”

Since its launch in July 2017, the program has seen all interns graduate and receive job offers. Yoonis Guleed, a graduate of the program, recently accepted an offer to work at the Farm Boy warehouse. He believes the link to local employers is what sets this program apart from others.

“This program helps you find a job. There are so many programs that you can take and all you get is a certificate, this one actually helps you find a job after,” explains Yoonis.

Through their employment partnerships with organizations such as Farm Boy and Starbucks, EAT MORE SOUP! is able to provide interview training through mock interview sessions with human resource professionals. During these sessions, the interns are able to get live feedback and coaching which allows the interns to build confidence and prepares them for the real world. Upon completion of the program, the interns are guaranteed an interview with at least one employer partner.

The interns are also given the opportunity to give back to the community through BIG COOK Tuesdays. This partnership with the Boys and Girls Club allows the interns to mentor children and youth as well as teach them how to cook through the skills they have developed in the EAT MORE SOUP! kitchen. The children and youth learn valuable techniques on how to cook on a fixed income and are able to take the meals home to share with their families.

EAT MORE SOUP! now has five vegan and two vegetarian soups, and their products can be found in 13 stores across the city. For more information on where you can purchase these products visit http://www.eatmoresoup.org/.

[left to right]: David Irish EAT MORE SOUP! Chef, Yoonis Guleed EAT MORE SOUP! graduate, Gemma Follini ALSO Board Member, and Kim Oastler Executive Director of EAT MORE SOUP!, at the official launch event on February 2, 2018.

 

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The Ottawa Community Foundation Welcomes New Board Members https://www.ocf-fco.ca/blog/ottawa-community-foundation-welcomes-new-board-members/ Thu, 01 Feb 2018 17:49:03 +0000 https://www.ocf-fco.ca/?p=7689 We are pleased to welcome three new members to our Board of Directors: Cyril Leeder, Madeleine Meilleur, and Yumi Kotani. We would also like to congratulate Susan St. Amand as she assumes the role of Chair of the Board. Cyril, Madeleine and Yumi are outstanding community leaders who bring a strong commitment to our city. [...]

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We are pleased to welcome three new members to our Board of Directors: Cyril Leeder, Madeleine Meilleur, and Yumi Kotani. We would also like to congratulate Susan St. Amand as she assumes the role of Chair of the Board.

Cyril, Madeleine and Yumi are outstanding community leaders who bring a strong commitment to our city. We look forward to their expertise and insight as we embark on our next three-year strategic plan to make the city the best it can be.

Cyril Leeder

Investment Partners

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madeleine Meilleur

Senior Associate,
Institute on Governance

 

 

 

 

 

Yumi Kotani

Policy Analyst,
Settlement and Integration Policy Immigration,
Refugees and Citizenship Canada

 

 

 

 

 

About the Ottawa Community Foundation

Established in 1987, the Ottawa Community Foundation is a public, non-profit organization created by and for the people of Ottawa. Working directly with its community of donors, partners and stakeholders, the Foundation is committed to acting as a catalyst for positive, systemic and sustainable change in Ottawa and beyond. Priding itself on enabling generous citizens to enhance the quality of life in their community while achieving their own charitable objectives, the Foundation currently manages assets worth almost $130M, and has provided over $100M in grants to the community since its inception. For more information about the Ottawa Community Foundation, visit www.ocf-fco.ca

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NEWS RELEASE – Ottawa Community Foundation Awards $125,000 to Youth Ottawa and the Social Planning Council of Ottawa to Tackle Youth Unemployment https://www.ocf-fco.ca/blog/news-release-nlcc-winner/ Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:51:24 +0000 https://www.ocf-fco.ca/?p=7524 Jury Selects Project as part of the New Leaf Community Challenge. Nov. 22, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – The Ottawa Community Foundation presented a cheque for $125,000 to Youth Ottawa and the Social Planning Council of Ottawa to tackle youth unemployment in the Ottawa region in a meaningful and sustainable way. Youth Active Media (YAM) is a [...]

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Jury Selects Project as part of the New Leaf Community Challenge.

Nov. 22, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – The Ottawa Community Foundation presented a cheque for $125,000 to Youth Ottawa and the Social Planning Council of Ottawa to tackle youth unemployment in the Ottawa region in a meaningful and sustainable way.

Youth Active Media (YAM) is a videography initiative that teaches high school aged youth, primarily from at-risk communities, to create short films about issues that affect their lives. YAM is also a social enterprise that provides some of these youth with career-building opportunities to earn income by producing videos for a range of clients including social service agencies. All youth who participate in the training develop a range of both soft skills and technical skills that increases their employability.

YAM was one of three proposals presented to a jury of community leaders and experts at the Ottawa Community Foundation’s fourth annual New Leaf Community Challenge on Wednesday at The Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards.

“Youth unemployment is 13.6% in this city, more than double the city-wide rate,” says Marco Pagani, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Ottawa. “The impacts of youth not finding employment or starting on a career path when they leave high school can be devastating both personally and to the community and broader society.”

Originally launched in 2014, the New Leaf Community Challenge was designed to inspire and support innovative, collaborative approaches to addressing critical issues in Ottawa. The focus in the first two years was on food security and local food systems. A total of $250,000 was awarded to MarketMobile and the Deep Roots Food Hub. Since winning the New Leaf Community Challenge, these projects have increased access to healthy, affordable food, and helped build longer-term food sustainability for Ottawa. Last year’s winner of the youth employment theme was LiveWorkPlay, which continues to secure jobs for youth with intellectual disabilities, including significant involvement from the federal government.

The 2017 New Leaf Community Challenge attracted a variety of project submissions focused on improving the employment situation for youth who transition from high school to employment. In addition to the Youth Active Media, the other proposals were:

  • Prince’s Charities Canada and the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation presented ‘Get Into,’ a collaborative program designed to provide youth with training, work experience and permanent employment in a variety of sectors.
  • Youth Now Canada and the Parkdale Food Centre presented a proposal to provide agriculture-based training and work opportunities for at-risk youth.

“All of the projects presented at today’s Challenge were creative, compelling and, most importantly, designed to support positive, systemic, sustainable change in our community” said Pagani. “While I know it was a difficult decision for the jury, I am confident Youth Ottawa and the Social Planning Council of Ottawa will contribute to improving the employment situation for our young people.”

For more information about the New Leaf Community Challenge and the top three project submissions, visit https://www.ocf-fco.ca/new-leaf-community-challenge/

About the Ottawa Community Foundation

Established in 1987, the Ottawa Community Foundation is a public, non-profit organization created by and for the people of Ottawa. Working directly with its community of donors, partners and stakeholders, the Foundation is committed to acting as a catalyst for positive, systemic and sustainable change in Ottawa and beyond. Priding itself on enabling generous citizens to enhance the quality of life in their community while achieving their own charitable objectives, the Foundation currently manages assets worth almost $130M, and has provided over $100M in grants to the community since its inception. For more information about the Ottawa Community Foundation, visit www.ocf-fco.ca

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For further information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Danielle Côté
613-799-9057
dcote@ocf-fco.ca

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