Big Rig Brewery presents HOPE Volleyball SummerFest’s
2019 Recipient Charities,
HOPE is committed to raising money for local Ottawa charities and over the years has donated close to 6 million dollars to over 146 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, Big Rig Brewery presents HOPE Volleyball SummerFest is pleased to have supported these charities for 2019:
YOUTH SERVICES BUREAU OF OTTAWA:
Founded in 1960, the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (YSB) is a multi-service agency and registered Canadian charity offering life-changing programs and services to young people in Ottawa. For nearly 60 years, YSB has provided critical programming that addresses the complex needs of our community’s vulnerable and at-risk youth while also supporting their families. Youth aged 12 to 24 years old have access to programs addressing youth homelessness solutions and housing, mental health, training and employment, and youth justice. With more than 300 caring professionals working in over 30 programs from 20 locations across the city, YSB is the most comprehensive option for at-risk youth in the city.
PROGRAM BENEFITING FROM HOPE FUNDING
There has never been a more urgent need for supportive housing for homeless youth in Ottawa. Funding from HOPE will support YSB’s new Youth Housing Hub, currently being constructed. Specifically, HOPE will support one of the most important spaces in our new facility: an individual apartment – a home – for a vulnerable young person. HOPE’s support will ensure that many once-homeless youth, over many years, have safe, affordable housing, as well as access to a range of supportive services – such as education, employment, and counselling supports – right in their residence. YSB’s new Youth Housing Hub will have profound impacts on the lives of youth in Ottawa immediately and for years to come. Together with HOPE Volleyball SummerFest and other valued partners, we impact the growing need for more affordable and accessible youth housing options in our community.
THE PERLEY AND RIDEAU VETERANS’ HEALTH CENTRE FOUNDATION:
The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre is one of Ontario’s largest and most progressive long-term care homes. It is also an innovative Seniors Village with 139 independent-living apartments and a 12-bed Guest House providing respite care. Veterans enjoy priority access to 250 of the Health Centre’s 450 long-term care beds and to the Seniors Village apartments.
The Perley Rideau serves as a hub for all seniors and particularly benefits those who are isolated or socially frail. Residents of both the Health Centre and the apartments enjoy ready access to a full range of clinical and therapeutic services, along with social and recreational activities and programs.
The Perley Rideau will continue to evolve as the population of Veterans declines and the number of seniors increases. It will leverage its many assets, including staff expertise, to increase its value to Veterans, to the healthcare system and to the community.
PROGRAM BENEFITING FROM HOPE FUNDING
A renovation project of 20 tub and shower rooms which serve 450 residents in long term care. These rooms were originally built approximately 25 years ago and are in need of update and improvement to provide safer access and comfort. Most residents are over 90 years old and are particularly frail and vulnerable to falls. The project includes a complete replacement of flooring, plumbing, and lighting, and providing new shower and therapeutic bath systems.
Residents often miss the relaxing benefits of bathing because of the institutional design of our current tub and shower rooms, the fear of falling, and decreased mobility. With the appropriate design, residents can have an enjoyable and relaxing bath experience in a secure and safe home-like atmosphere. This renovation project is very extensive and the funding from HOPE will go towards renovations in just one of the 20 rooms.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:
With the help of volunteers and Habitat homeowners, Habitat for Humanity builds safe, decent and affordable homes, including single-family and multi-unit houses. Habitat has been building homes in Ottawa since 1993, and has served 76 local families over the last 25 years.
Habitat does not give away free homes — the families who partner with us pay an interest-free mortgage geared to their income and volunteer 500 hours with our organization. As Habitat homeowners pay off their mortgage, the funds are reinvested into a revolving fund, which we then use to build more homes for more families in the community. Our model of affordable homeownership bridges a gap for low-income working families by providing them with the opportunity to purchase their own Habitat home and build a better future for their family.
PROGRAM BENEFITING FROM HOPE FUNDING:
HOPE funds will help Habitat Greater Ottawa continue to build decent, affordable homes for local families in need of a hand up into homeownership. In 2020, Habitat Greater Ottawa will be constructing 8 stacked townhomes near central Ottawa. These homes will be energy efficient and include accessible units for families with special needs. We will be opening applications to families in early 2019 and encourage those interested to visit www.habitatgo.com for more details.
SHELTER MOVERS OF OTTAWA
Shelter Movers of Ottawa is a volunteer-based charitable organization that provides moving and storage services at no cost to women and children experiencing abuse. We collaborate with community partners to help families transition to a life free of violence. Shelter Movers offers a proven service model that effectively coordinates volunteer movers, storage facilities, security personnel, language interpreters and unmarked moving vehicles. Together we create a safe, empowering space for families to transition in dignity to a life free of abuse.
PROGRAM BENEFITING FROM HOPE FUNDING
Shelter Movers Ottawa’s capacity continues to grow thanks to the support of funders like HOPE. These financial contributions from HOPE, help ensure all shelters and social service agencies in the Ottawa area can continue to offer Shelter Movers’ free service to survivors of abuse. In its first year of operation, Shelter Movers Ottawa has moved nearly 100 families. As word spreads of this unique no-cost service, a four fold increase in requests from survivors is expected this coming year. There is increasing evidence that supporting survivors of abuse in their time of crisis decreases the likelihood that they will return to the abuser. This important break in the cycle of violence creates long term value to society by empowering survivors and their children.
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF OTTAWA:
The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa has the greatest reach and impact on at-risk children and youth in the city with 4,500 Members and more than 100,000 visits per year. It has been helping at-risk children and youth across our city to belong, believe and achieve for nearly 100 years.
Each year, the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa provides 4,500 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 structured life-changing programs in four key programming pillars that are purposefully designed to drive personal development, empower youth to reach their full potential and give them confidence and skills for life: 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.
Program Benefitting from HOPE Funding
As the core program offered at all seven Clubhouses, Homework Club brings education to the forefront by offering focused homework time in a safe and supportive work space during the critical after school hours, healthy snacks to provide Members with the fuel they need to succeed (which for some is the only meal they get all day), access to technology which is often not available at home, and much needed help from highly trained staff and volunteers. The Homework Club also offers creative solutions to the challenges many Members face such as literacy and language barriers. Following Homework Club, Members are exposed to a variety of purposeful programs and activities that challenge and hone their athletic, social and leadership skills.
With food in their bellies and a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, Homework Club gives students the resources and confidence to help them succeed in school and beyond. Together, with support from Big Rig presents HOPE Volleyball SummerFest and other valued partners, we can help build a better community and play a bigger role in serving at-risk children and youth across our great city.