H.O.P.E. is committed to raising money for local Ottawa charities and over the years has donated over 4.5 million dollars to over 200 charities. Our moniker of “Helping Other People Everywhere” is never more apparent than in the work that we do every year, to put on our event to help these worthy organizations. Together with the support of our participants, volunteers, sponsors and our community, H.O.P.E. Volleyball SummerFest is pleased to support these charities for 2022:
Youville Centre is an innovative centre that inspires, educates, and nurtures young mothers and their children to utilize their strengths and achieve their goals.
The Sources of Strength Program utilizes students as peer leaders. Our 65 students are pregnant and parenting youth between the ages of 12-25 who are working on obtaining their high school diploma, while participating in our parenting/treatment programs. At Youville Centre, these peer leaders would serve as pillars of hope to the other students. Peer leaders are trained in the Sources of Strength Program and they use their leadership skills, and collaboration with their peers to share positive messages through group discussions, artwork, videos, and other interactive projects, events, and activities. (Such as teaching their peers the importance of self care, community resources youth can access in the area, anti bullying campaigns, etc.) Safe messaging is an integral part of this program as it is an evidence-based program for improved mental health, lower substance use, and suicide intervention.
Their mission is to provide our neighbors with relief and dignity during difficult times of the year in the most fair and efficient way possible.
Sharing in Student Success program: the stunning reality is that 1 in 5 children in Ottawa live in poverty and back-to-school time can be a strain on the whole family. Children who do not feel that they fit in tend to have low self-esteem and are prone to experience bullying. The Caring and Sharing Exchange strives to help all children in need. The overall goal of this program is to provide assistance to children from families in need in order to return to school with all of the tools they require, and their heads held high, ready to learn! The C&SE provides these children with backpacks filled with grade appropriate school supplies. Children in need are referred to us through the agencies with whom they are associated. As a part of this program, the C&SE also manages the Coordination service and works with referring partner agencies as well as agencies that run similar programs to ensure that there is no duplication of service. The money saved through eliminating duplicate requests can be reinvested into the community to help more children.
Shelter Movers is a national, volunteer-powered charitable organization providing moving and storage services at no cost to women and children fleeing abuse.
A world where women move on from abuse and violence in power and dignity.
Shelter Movers is seeking support to expand moving and storage services surrounding the National Capital Region (NCR) and into rural areas within NCR and beyond including Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry, Leeds & Grenville, and Lanark. SMO currently serves approximately a 100km radius from Ottawa centre and would like to extend services to an approximately 200km radius.
The H.O.P.E. grant dollars will support the initial establishment of a local volunteer team, storage space, security services, and vehicle rentals and insurance costs. Once moving services are off the ground, we will also develop a local team to increase visibility, reach and fundraising to maintain services in the region. We’ve received an initial grant of $4000 from Canada Post to engage a Rural Outreach Coordinator to develop a needs assessment and are in discussions with local politicians and community groups. We aim to launch rural services in late 2022.
Provide services and programs to families of children diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum Disorders to develop their child’s behavioral, communication, and social skills, and to advocate for their ongoing needs.
Children at Risk are going to use our H.O.P.E. donations towards our new Food Distribution Program that we offer to our families. As most of our programs are respite, in-person services, the pandemic caused many of those to be suspended/cancelled with lockdowns/stay-at-home orders. Our Charity wanted to still “be there” for our families AND we noticed challenges with food insecurity and food scarcity affecting everyone. Costco increased their donations and we joined Second Harvest Food Rescue to get notices of local businesses, retail and restaurants who are looking to donate foods that have reached their best before dates or excess - in consultation with a guide published by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. While we expect the challenges of food insecurity to improve, the recognition of how this program is also helping the environment by keeping food out of our landfills is an important component!
To date – the Food Distribution Program has been mainly volunteer-driven. However, we recognize to operate it consistently, safely and efficiently – we need to morph it into a structure comparable to our other programs that will incorporate staff and other resources.
In operation for 40 years, The Snowsuit Fund is a registered charity that purchases and distributes up to 16,000 snowsuits annually to disadvantaged Ottawa children, bringing dignity and hope to families struggling with the necessities of life. Ottawa winters are cold, yet year-round outdoor play contributes fundamentally to children's mental health, active and healthy lifestyle as well as learning and development. Our core mission is to ensure that Ottawa’s most vulnerable children can have warm snowsuits to play outside in winter – without their families having to sacrifice other priorities.
Leveraging long-standing relationships with manufacturers and suppliers, the Snowsuit Fund annually purchases and distributes up to 16,000 snowsuits at an average unit cost of $50. This need does not go away. H.O.P.E. funding will directly finance the purchase of 200 new, warm high-quality snowsuits for children from qualified, low-income Ottawa families.
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