ODBF is proud to donate $5,000 in support of Debra Dynes Community House. Debra Dynes Family House is a tiny but impactful multiservice community resource in arguably our city’s most vulnerable community. The organization is committed to providing essential services such as access to their foodbank and baby cupboard, restricted computer access, and referrals, and crisis assistance to their families during the Covid-19 crisis.

“The rapid changes due to Covid 19 and new protocols are making us look very hard at how we program and deliver services especially as the weather changes and, if we have an upsurge due to Covid-19, the possibility of having people in need but unable to come directly to Debra,” said Debra Dynes Family House Executive Director Barbara Carroll. The ‘No One Left Behind’ program would allow us to respond better to people and increase our ability to outreach. It is very important that we work in ways, new and existing, to meet our community’s essential needs”.

These funds will help to support various initiatives offered by Debra Dynes Family House, including the emergency lunch program for children in the community. Since children can no longer drop by the Family House for a snack, a chat, or help with their homework due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these funds will help to facilitate online activities and support as well as increased at-home deliveries so that children have the support and the goods that they need.

Further donations can be made by visiting ODBF.CA or by texting ODBF to (613)-703-5852.


Established to focus on philanthropic efforts in the local community, the foundation has raised $4.8 million in support of 51 local charities.

A recipient of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Ottawa Chapter Outstanding Philanthropic Group in 2018. In 2020 ODBF is proud to support Ottawa Food Bank, Debra Dynes Family House, Carefor Health & Community Services, Ausome Ottawa, Canadian Ski Patrol, Camp Ooch, St. Luke’s Table, St Joe’s Women’s Centre, A New Day Youth and Adult Services, Children at Risk.

Antony Cooper