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, HOPE Volleyball SummerFest is pleased to support our local Charities.
The Education Foundation of Ottawa’s mission is to reduce barriers for students regardless of their personal or socio-economic circumstances. We believe that all children should have an equal opportunity to learn and participate. By providing support, we hope to open the door to a brighter future.
Funding from HOPE would support our Request for Support Program, where we provide the following support/services to OCDSB students in need:
Food Security - This program provides access to food during family emergencies as well as nutritional snacks in the classroom so that children can focus on learning as opposed to hunger.
Crisis Support - During their greatest time of need, we do our best to answer their call by providing appropriate clothing, basic personal supplies, and the necessary tools for learning (including backpacks and school supplies).
Vision Wear - Reducing the many barriers associated with system navigation, transportation, and access to care, this program provides ophthalmic frames and lenses to students who need prescription glasses by providing services directly in schools.
Autism Water Safety Program - Water safety is the number one risk for individuals with Autism. Providing access to water safety and swim lessons builds independence, as well as important social and life skills.
Access to Opportunities within the Arts, Athletics, and Enrichment Activities -
Students’ involvement supports a sense of belonging and provides equitable opportunities to build social skills and lifelong connections.
The Waupoos Foundation is a registered charity which offers respite to those who need it most. Waupoos Family Farm provides a recreational camp experience for the whole family in a safe and welcoming community environment where they can find rest, fellowship, and hope. The Waupoos Foundation has served families in the National Capital Region for more than 45 years. Over 8,000 families have enjoyed a respite with us, and over 30,000 people have used our facilities.
The pool and recreation spaces at Waupoos Farm are the key reason why Waupoos Farm summer vacations are so popular. Many children have never had free access to a swimming pool, never had a swimming lesson and will spend countless hours enjoying this freedom. As their parents gather to watch them, or perhaps take a few swimming lessons too, friendships begin to develop and the isolation these families live with begins to diminish.
Our pool (installed in 1982) requires numerous upgrades to improve both aesthetics and safety. We are constantly endeavoring to reduce maintenance costs, extend the life of the pool, and make it easier to maintain. In addition, we need a sturdy sun shelter that can offer protection from the weather and increase opportunities to gather in a safer way.
Dress for Success Ottawa empowers women and gender nonconforming individuals to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help them thrive. Since opening our doors in January 2011, we have supported several thousand individuals in the community and empowered them to realize they are valuable members of our community with a lot to offer potential employers. Dress for Success Ottawa suits clients, from the inside out.
Dress for Success works with clients both before and after finding employment through professional development programming to learn new skills and grow in their careers. These educational opportunities are offered as part of our All Women Empowered Suite of Programs.
Since 2016 Dress for Success has offered a full-day in-person professional development conference and grew it to 200 clients thanks to 2017 HOPE funding. The majority of Dress for Success clients have never had, and many never will, have the opportunity to attend a
professional conference. This is due either to lack of professional development opportunities in their workplace or because of financial barriers as many conferences can cost upwards of $500.00 per attendee. This conference fills an important educational need for many women in our community striving toward economic independence and professional success.
In 2023 we look to return to running the In-Person Conference experience with an added hybrid component to allow clients of other Dress for Success Affiliates to continue to use this vital program as a tool in their career journeys.
With the funds received from H.O.P.E., Dress for Success Ottawa will grow the AWE Conference in 2024 increasing the workshop offerings throughout the day. With these funds, over 200 Dress for Success Ottawa clients will be able to participate in and benefit from this professional conference.
Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness.
The power of a wish is an incredible gift to give to a sick child and their family. A wish-come-true empowers a child to take back control over their life, giving HOPE for the future during the dark days of difficult treatments, surgeries, or hospital stays away from family and friends. It helps foster a child’s belief that miracles can happen, and that anything is possible, even their future. The wish experience has proven physical and emotional benefits that can give children with critical illnesses a higher chance of survival. In fact, our referring doctors say that it’s the best prescription they can write. Funds received from H.O.P.E. would go directly towards our mission of granting the wishes of children living with a critical medical condition in our territory of Eastern Ontario.
Camp Quality Eastern Ontario is a 1-week volunteer-run camp for children affected by cancer.
It is an exciting & safe place for kids to explore new talents, meet new friends, & have fun. At camp, they are no longer defined by illness, but have the freedom to participate in activities, make friends & create memories that will last a lifetime.
For kids with cancer, CQ is the one opportunity they have to connect with kids with similar experiences. Studies including children living with illness have found that social support relates to positive coping abilities, and the ability to cope with illness. Camp programs for kids with cancer have shown to provide this social support and improve mental health.
Camp prepares children affected by cancer to thrive into their futures by addressing the psychosocial impacts of cancer. By developing the strengths that they need for their futures, camp helps kids grow into active & engaged citizens that are ready to make a positive impact in their community. Campers & volunteers are directly impacted by Camp Quality & camp has a broad reach beyond the camp week, because campers & volunteers spread the positivity of camp to those around them. H.O.P.E.’s help will make this possible by funding all aspects of our program, including program supplies, facilitator fees and camp clothing. Through your generosity we can continue to grow and serve more kids affected by childhood cancer.
This is how H.O.P.E.’s charity application process works every year.
H.O.P.E. has a Board of Directors of 7 and a General Membership of approximately 35 ppl.
Each year we post our charity application on our website around the first week of August for 2 months. Then in the first week of October we close the application.
The information provided by all the vetted applicants gets sent to the H.O.P.E. members, this helps them to decide on the Charites they would like to receive H.O.P.E. funding.
Our membership then vote on the charities, some time around the end of October, at our fall General meeting.
Only the selected charities receive a call as we have too many applicants to reach out to all.
We then announce the chosen charities at our Celebration of H.O.P.E. in Late November.
At this annual event, the Celebration of H.O.P.E., we present the cheques to the charities selected for the current year, and announce the new charities selected for the up and coming event year.