CHARITIES : Ottawa
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AFCS has always taken a leadership role in the child care community and in early childhood education in Ottawa. Over the past 100 years, in response to the changing needs of the community, it has developed innovative programs and expanded the organization to provide a comprehensive range of services that meet the diverse early learning and child care needs of families in the City of Ottawa.
The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa has been helping at-risk children and youth across our city for nearly 100 years. It has the greatest reach and impact on at-risk children and youth in the city with more than 100,000 visits per year.
Each year, the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa provides thousands of children and youth in seven at-risk neighbourhoods across the city with a safe space during the most vulnerable hours of the day, and FREE access to life-changing programs in four key programming pillars that are purposefully designed to drive personal development. They are; Education; Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyle; Leadership and Social Skills; and Creative Arts. The Club also runs Camp Smitty to ensure that every child has the opportunity to experience summer camp.
After-school and weekend hours are a critical time for youth. That time can represent either an opportunity to learn and grow or be a time of risk to youth’s health and safety. Experts agree that after-school programs offer a healthy and positive alternative. They keep kids safe, improve academics and help relieve the stresses on today’s working families. They can serve as important intervention strategies for youth.
At the Club, we dream of a community where every child is given the opportunity to succeed in life and experience a brighter future regardless of race, religion, social or economic status.
Bruyère is a multi-site academic health care organization that is maximizing quality of life and helping people stay and return home. We deliver a wide variety of services in aging and rehabilitation, medically complex, palliative, residential and primary care.
The CHEO Foundation is responsible for developing, accepting, distributing, and recognizing philanthropy in support of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre, the CHEO Research Institute and Roger Neilson House.
Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind provides Canadians with greater mobility and independence through the use of professionally trained guide dogs (nationally) and mobility assistance dogs (Ottawa area). We have provided freedom to Canadians for more than 36 years.
The Canadian Liver Foundation’s (CLF) mission is to bring liver research to life for all Canadian through research, advocacy, education and patient support efforts. CLF invests in life-saving research. To attract new talent, help researchers get established and support new advances and breakthroughs, they fund the research of both senior and emerging investigators, as well as medical students. They assist people coping with liver disease online, in person, via their National Help Line and through their Peer Support Network. CLF answers questions after diagnosis, helps people understand their disease, and provides the resources they need. They help Canadians protect their liver health and prevent liver disease by teaching them about the liver’s vital functions and how to make liver-healthy lifestyle decisions. They encourage early diagnosis and treatment by working with the medical community and offering tools and resources on screening and patient care. They strive to improve prevention and the quality of life of those living with liver disease by advocating for better screening, access to treatment, and patient care. CLF does this by working with federal, provincial and municipal governments, community organizations, health care providers and individuals to raise awareness of liver-related health issues and push for policy changes.
At Carefor Health & Community Services, we are dedicated to delivering compassionate home health care programs and community support services to residents across Eastern Ontario. As the first branch of the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON), we have been helping those in need since 1897. We are a locally managed, not-for-profit leader in home health care, offering professional services, personal support services, adult day programs, in-home and overnight respite services, assisted living and retirement residences, as well as palliative care and hospice services. Our Mission is to deliver safe and timely home health care to the local communities we serve.
The Carleton Place and District Youth Centre was established in 1995 as a community-based youth organization serving the young people of Carleton Place and surrounding communities. Mission: To build a healthy community by providing young people a safe, all-inclusive environment offering social, educational and recreational activities.
Carp Health Access (formerly known as West Carleton Health Access Foundation) is a non-profit charitable organization. It fundraises for worthy causes that improve both the health and quality of life of residents of Carp and adjacent communities. Our goal is to keep health care access local.
The Children’s Aid Foundation of Ottawa believes that all children and youth deserve an equal chance at growing into healthy and successful adults.
The Foundation, a fundraising arm of the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa, funds programs with this goal in mind. The programs offered provide children, youth and families with opportunities to empower themselves and to reach their full potential.
Community Veterinary Outreach (CVO) is a registered charity that aims to improve the health of homeless individuals and their pets through a “One Health” model of care. By offering human health services and health education alongside preventative veterinary care, CVO improves access to veterinary and human health resources for an at-risk population, and leverages the human-animal bond to increase human health service uptake.
Although we provide pro-bono veterinary care, we are not solely an animal welfare organization. Our mandate is to improve the health and welfare of the client by providing health services and community connections that matter to them.
At Cornerstone, women experience what ‘home’ truly means – often, for the first time in their lives. We provide emergency shelter and safe, affordable, permanent housing for women in Ottawa. Our five residences cater to women at every stage of their journey. We are committed to public education and advocacy. We serve almost two hundred women every day.
Through structured urban dance-based education and enrichment programs for youth, Culture Shock Canada Charity (CSCC) addresses issues of social isolation & self-esteem, and builds relational, teamwork, and leadership skills. These programs provide enriching self-esteem building activities, education in interpersonal skills, as well as a platform for practicing those skills, developing social bonds, and successfully working towards a challenging long-term goal with peers. This contributes to greater resilience; helping youth to reach their full potential.
For over 27 years, the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre has helped thousands of Ontario’s young people aged 13-21 to overcome addiction and mental health issues. As Eastern Ontario’s only 3-month live-in treatment facility and 3-month aftercare program, we support the province’s youth and their families in reaching a happier, healthier and more hopeful life.
Dreams Take Flight stretches children’s minds. As poet Oliver Wendell Holmes once wrote, “One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”
In 1989, several Air Canada employees in Toronto planned a trip-of-a-lifetime. They held bake sales to raise the thousands needed. Many cupcakes, cookies and healthy ingredients later, they flew 70 special needs children on a DC-9 aircraft to Walt Disney World in Florida. The trip changed the children’s lives. For the first time, they understood that possibilities exist. Possibility without limitation.
Dreams Take Flight have eight chapters across Canada: Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
With the help of local Habitat families, donors, community partners and volunteers, Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa builds affordable homes that provide a solid foundation for local families.
Habitat Greater Ottawa’s homeownership program offers more than just housing; it sets families up to be successful homeowners who are invested in their homes and in their community. The benefits of owning a long-term stable Habitat home are many. They include reduced reliance on social housing and food banks, better educational, financial and employment outcomes and improved health and overall wellbeing for families.
The Hawkesbury and District General Hospital (HGH) Foundation’s mission is to raise funds in order to improve the care and services offered to the community by HGH. Thanks to the generosity of the community and its precious volunteers, the HGH Foundation contributes to the development and improvement of services offered by your regional hospital. The HGH Foundation helps purchase new, state-of-the-art medical equipment and technology to ensure they are available to meet our region’s healthcare needs.
HealthPartners’ is a collaboration of 16 health charities that strive to make a healthier Canada. The chronic diseases represented through our collective are likely to impact almost 90% of Canadians in their lifetime. A donation to HealthPartners impacts the health of most Canadians at some point in their lives. It supports our collective efforts to provide information and resources in communities across Canada as well as invest in vital research to develop better diagnostic tools, treatments, and strive for a cures for hundreds of chronic diseases.
Hospice Care Ottawa is a community-based charitable, non-profit organization. We offer palliative and end-of-life care, at no charge, to individuals and their loved ones. At Hospice Care Ottawa we support individuals and their caregivers during their entire illness, from the time of diagnosis through to death and bereavement. Programs are provided at our hospice sites across the City of Ottawa and within the community. Delivery of services is made possible through the support of a small dedicated staff, many volunteers and generous donors.
Interval House of Ottawa provides emergency shelter to women and children fleeing abuse. As Ottawa’s oldest violence against women shelter we offer shelter and support, intervention and prevention services, and advocacy to break the cycle of violence.
Jericho Road supports mental health and addiction recovery by providing homes and programs for men. We connect our residents and clients to a recovery community where together we build lives of hope, health, and purpose. We operate a 9-month inpatient addiction treatment program, as well as Second Stage homes and regular community meetings and gatherings.
At Jericho, we believe that the opposite of addiction is connection – and that reintegration into everyday living requires a holistic approach that heals the mind, body, and soul.
Kidney Cancer Canada is a national community of patients, caregivers and health professionals who work to provide every Canadian touched by kidney cancer with support, education and advocacy for their care pathways and treatment options.
We are the only national Canadian health charity dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by kidney cancer. Kidney Cancer Canada was formed in 2006 by patients, for patients. We work closely with leading Canadian and International experts, health providers, doctors and patients to:
- provide information and support,
- advocate for access to quality and necessary treatments, and
- promote and support vital research that will help prevent and treat kidney cancer.
At Kids Up Front we believe that all kids should have access to enriching and exciting experiences such as sporting, arts, and cultural events. With the help of our partner agencies throughout our community we are changing lives by providing access to events just like these to children and youth around Ottawa. Our programs give families a chance to be engaged, included and active which are critical to human happiness. When you support Kids Up Front you are contributing to a healthier and more inclusive community for children and youth to grow up in.
La Maison des Collines (MDC) is a centre of excellence in palliative care, with a team of professionals offering support to patients and their families at every stage of the end-of-life process. Learn more at lamaisondescollines.org.
The Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton (LDAO-C) is a non-profit organization committed to providing active leadership, timely advocacy, relevant education and services to advance the full community participation of individuals with learning disabilities. The LDAO-C provides support and resources for people impacted by learning disabilities through social skills and parental support programs including Sunshine Day Camp, advocacy, and workshops for educators and employers. We help build skills addressing mental health, social and educational challenges for people with LDs.
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Canada works with communities across the country to provide children with life-threatening illnesses the opportunity to realize their most heartfelt wish.
Meals on Wheels seeks to be the collaborative leader in Eastern Ontario in the delivery of nutritious and affordable meals to persons in need and facilitate for them a point of contact within the health system.
Our Mission: Secure the necessary funds to support innovation and the development of integrated care and services within Montfort and the Institut du Savoir Montfort, for the benefit of patients and their loved ones.
Since 1954, Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC) has been the leading voice of the neuromuscular community in Canada. Thanks to our generous donors, we support individuals impacted by neuromuscular disorders, by investing in research, delivering critical programs and services, and challenging public policy. At Muscular Dystrophy Canada we are a family and we are passionate about supporting each other. We are all ignited by the same desire to find a cure and live in a world free from neuromuscular disorders. Until that time, there is a real need to invest in support for individuals impacted.
The OSEG Foundation will be a catalyst for social change by leveraging the power of sport to improve the lives of children and youth.
Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) has been providing comprehensive settlement and integration services to the Ottawa community since 1978. OCISO directly serves about 10,000 immigrants and refugees every year. We have three locations in Ottawa (central and south). Our multi-faceted programs and services are delivered in over 50 languages to clients from 120 countries by OCISO’s team of 120+ knowledgeable, skilled and professional staff. Our work is augmented by the generous efforts of 500+ enthusiastic, caring and talented volunteers, both established and new Canadians.
At the Ottawa Food Bank, we want to not only provide food for people, but provide the most nutritious food possible. Your support helps us purchase the expensive and necessary items that everyone needs and deserves such as: fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy, grains, sources of protein as well as much-needed diapers. We provide this food to over 39,000 people every month with the help of our network of 112 emergency food programs across the city. Thank you for supporting the Ottawa Food Bank – we could not do it without you.
We care about Ottawa’s animals. Each year, we care for more than 8,000 sick, injured and homeless animals, providing leadership in animal welfare to help build a compassionate community and a brighter future for our community.
Every child should finish school prepared to take on the world. The Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) is harnessing the resources of our incredible community to equip local youth with the tools, knowledge, and skills they’ll need to thrive in post-secondary studies, and to build fulfilling careers. Your donation today will set the stage for student success tomorrow. ONFE delivers programming in three priority areas to support students through learning, health & well-being, and career readiness pillars. ONFE’s School Breakfast Program serves over 2.5 million meals annually, JA Ottawa teaches financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and career readiness skills to over 5,600 students, and more than 3,000 volunteers are placed in schools every year to support students and educators.
The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation is the voice for cancer survivorship in Eastern Ontario. Our mission is to help people living with cancer by providing local residents with increased access to person-centered care through the delivery of the Cancer Coaching Health and Social Care Service, innovative cancer research and a world-class clinical trials program.
Parrot Partners Canada is a charitable organization that runs Canada’s only professional education, rehabilitation, and adoption center dedicated exclusively to the welfare of parrots.
Parrot Partners engages the public in the rehabilitation and training of our parrots and through its education programs promotes humane attitudes toward all animals and the environment. Through interactive public events we seek to raise public awareness of the nature and needs of all companion animals, but especially those of parrots.
We are a community of peers using our lived experiences with the mental health system to support one another in moving towards our full potential. We offer a safe and non-judgmental environment for consumer/survivors and their families to come together, support one another and build upon our skills. PSO is a non-profit member-driven organization founded in 1991 by a handful of consumer/survivors of the mental health system.
Located in fast-growing west Ottawa, Queensway Carleton Hospital helps to create vibrant and healthy communities that we can be proud to call home. By supporting Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, you are investing in advanced patient care and healthcare excellence for the nearly 500,000 patients who come to us each year. Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation is the only accredited hospital foundation in the Ottawa region under Imagine Canada’s National Standards Program. This accreditation demonstrates to our community that our Foundation is a leader in best practice governance and donor accountability.
Reach – Equality and Justice for People with Disabilities, founded in 1981, is a charitable, non-profit and self-funded organization that provides legal referral services for people with all types of disabilities. Working with a network of over 200 volunteer lawyers, paralegals and mediators in Ottawa and the surrounding area, Reach holds educational seminars on a variety of topics relating to disability and human rights, in addition to the highly successful legal referral program.
Chapman House operated by Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce is a free-standing residential hospice that serves Grey & Bruce counties. Our community hospice is a centre of excellence with a multidisciplinary team, providing compassionate, dignified, patient-centered care to individuals with a progressive life-limiting illness, empowering them to live well while dying.
The Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre is a bilingual non-profit organization that provides community and social services to residents of Ward 13 with particular attention to children, families and low-income people since 1982.
Our program offerings include our emergency Food Bank, Youth Programming including the incubator13 – Youth Entrepreneurship and Employment Skills hub, Crisis Intervention, Market Mobile, Good Food Box, Social Harvest, and Gifts in Kind social enterprises, and a variety of other community support programs.
We are committed to promoting a process of individual and collective empowerment and improvement of the quality of life of our whole community, with special attention provided to those who are vulnerable and who face barriers whether it be by income, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, language, disability or other.
The Royal is one of Canada’s foremost mental health care, teaching and research hospitals. We combine our specialized mental health care, advocacy, research, and education to transform the lives of people living with complex and treatment-resistant mental illness. The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health raises funds that help support our work.
Roger Neilson House meets the unique palliative care needs of newborns, children, youth and their families. We lead by advocating, by advancing clinical care and family support, and by learning through research and sharing knowledge.
For over 40 years, Ottawa Salus has been dedicated to meeting the rehabilitation and supportive housing needs of adults living with serious mental illness. In addition to providing housing, Salus’ dedicated, professional staff provides mental health support services to meet the individual needs of clients.
- Helps stabilize people through our specialized shelter programs
- Provides permanent homes with on-site, around-the-clock support in our supportive housing facilities
- Serves thousands at our kitchen, drop-in centre
The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County is the region’s best source of information and support for people living with dementia, their caregivers and their families, and the general public. Support is delivered through our Dementia Care Coaches and a variety of recreational, social and art programs. We also provide a variety of in person, online and on-demand educational resources. Created by our community for our community, with the vision to ensure that no one faces dementia alone, the Dementia Society is here to help.
The Door Youth Centre provides high risk youth between the ages of 12 and 18 free programs and services which includes social, recreational, and educational. From homework help, music lessons, nightly dinners to health and fitness are regular programs that run 4 nights a week from 4pm to 9pm. We try to provide all the youth with equal opportunities otherwise unmet due to the socio-economic backgrounds.
The Ottawa Hospital is one of Canada’s top learning and research hospitals, where excellent care is inspired by research and driven by compassion. As the third-largest employer in Ottawa, our support staff, researchers, nurses, physicians, and volunteers never stop seeking solutions to the most complex health-care challenges.
Our multi-campus hospital, affiliated with the University of Ottawa, attracts some of the most influential scientific minds from around the world. Our focus on learning and research leads to new techniques and discoveries that are adopted globally to improve patient care.
We are the Regional Trauma Centre for eastern Ontario and have been accredited with Exemplary Standing for health-care delivery — the highest rating from Accreditation Canada. We are also home to world-leading research programs focused on cancer therapeutics, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, chronic disease, and practice-changing research.
Backed by generous support from the community, we are committed to providing the world-class, compassionate care we would want for our loved ones.
For more information about The Ottawa Hospital, visit www.ohfoundation.ca.
Since 1906, The Ottawa Mission has been serving the homeless, the hungry and the lost by providing food, clothing, shelter and hope. In 2019, The Ottawa Mission sheltered an average of 248 men every night and served an average of 1422 meals every day. The Ottawa Mission also provides health services, mental health supports programs, addiction treatment programs, hospice care, dental services, educational support, job training, spiritual care, and men’s clothing to thousands in need in our community. Visit https://ottawamission.com to learn more.
The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre is one of Ontario’s largest and most innovative long-term care homes. Funds through the Foundation help the Perley Rideau achieve its mission; excellence in the health, safety and well-being of seniors and Veterans with a focus on innovation in person centred and frailty informed care and service. Located on a 25-acre campus, the Perley Rideau is a unique Seniors Village with 450 long-term care beds, 139 independent-living apartments, and a growing number of clinical, therapeutic and recreational services available on-site.
Founded in 1981, The Snowsuit Fund (SSF) purchases and distributes more than 16,000 snowsuits annually to Ottawa’s needy children aged 15 and younger. Increased demand in 2020 means the snowsuit tally may well exceed 19,000 this year.
With yearly campaigns, events, and other initiatives, the SSF brings dignity and hope for families struggling with the necessities of life. The core mission is to ensure that Ottawa’s most vulnerable children have access to warm snowsuits and can play outside in winter — without families having to sacrifice other priorities.
Ottawa winters are cold, yet year-round outdoor play has multiple important benefits. It contributes fundamentally to mental health, active and healthy lifestyles, as well as learning and development.
As a grassroots charitable endeavour, the SSF receives no government funding and relies entirely on the generosity of caring groups and individuals who give their time, money, and talents.
The University of Ottawa Heart Institute has flourished into one of Canada’s most distinguished heart health centres for the unparalleled care it provides to its patients, a world-renowned research Institute that brings science from bench to bedside, and the country’s main influencer when it comes to preventing heart disease. Its promise remains the very pillar on which it was built: Always putting patients first.
Funds raised are used for much needed equipment, facilities, patient programs, research and, helping an exceptional team of health care professionals advance cardiovascular care and save lives everyday.
The WDMH Foundation was incorporated in 1993 to raise funds for capital equipment/projects. Many people are surprised that the provincial government does not fund everything that our hospital needs to provide compassionate, excellent health care, close to home – including the purchase of medical equipment. We are committed to work with our valued donors to inspire and support their investments of time and financial gifts.
Youth Services Bureau is a multi-service agency that provides services in French and English in employment, health and housing, mental health, youth engagement and youth justice. We work in partnership to develop, deliver and advocate for better conditions, services and opportunities for youth and families.