The Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation (ODBF) is happy to announce its support of The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, Tim Horton’s Children’s Foundation, The Ottawa Senators Foundation, OSEG Foundation, and The ODBF Community Fund.
ODBF raises funds throughout the year in support of its mission to support local charities. “We are proud to work with these inspiring children and youth focused community programs” said CEO John Brooman.
The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa (BGCO) has served the Ottawa community since 1923, reaching out to 4,500 children and youth each year through after-school, weekend and summer programs that build self-esteem and help to develop stronger social skills. The funding from ODBF will provide 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: Education; Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyle; Leadership and Social Skills; and Creative Arts.
The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation serves youth from low-income families living in Tim Horton’s communities across Canada and the United States. Their mission is to foster the strengths within youth and empower them to pursue a life without limits. The funding from ODBF specifically helps provide children and youth from the Ottawa area an opportunity to attend a life changing experience at Camp des Voyageurs in Quyon, Quebec.
The Ottawa Senators Foundation empowers children and youth to reach their full potential by investing in social recreation and education programs that promote both physical and mental wellness. The funding from ODBF will be used for the new Sens Power Plays program. Through a proven, confidential, secure application and income verification process, grants will be provided to reduce registration and equipment fees so children and youth from within the National Capital Region can improve their access to recreational and sporting opportunities of their choice.
The OSEG Charitable Foundation operates as a stand-alone, not for profit entity. The funding from ODBF will be invested in specialized programs and camps that give more children and youth, ages 5 to 24, access to sport-based development. By breaking down the barriers that limit a child’s participation, OSEG will give more children in the community a chance to experience and benefit from the power of sports.
The ODBF Community Fund allows Ottawa based organizations to apply for funding throughout the year. Selected recipients will receive funding up to $10,000 for new and existing programs or projects. In 2017, ten local charities received Community Fund support including Ecology Ottawa, YMCA-YWCA of Ottawa, Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre, and the Children’s Aid Foundation of Ottawa, to name a few.
About the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation
The Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation was established in 2003 to focus on philanthropic efforts in the local community. The foundation has raised to-date $4.3 million for 48 local charities; these donations helping to build, strengthen, and enhance community life in Ottawa.