Generous gifts made by TD Bank Group, Minto/Halo Fund, Aries Contracting and Danbe Foundation, along with the support of many other donors, ensured the Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation (OGYF) met its goal of raising $250,000 in its Summer Campership Campaign. As a result, 18 different organizations in eastern Ontario and western Quebec received funding allowing them to collectively provide 1,600+ young people with 8,000+ days of camp and 56,000+ hours of physical, mental, educational, emotional, and social wellness activities.
“Young people deserve the opportunity to experience summer camp. This is especially true given how difficult the COVID-19 pandemic has been for our young people. Facing fears, trying new things, pushing boundaries, connecting with peers, and developing self-confidence, are the types of important life skills that all kids need to be successful,” said Nathalie Weiner, District Vice President, TD Bank
With these grants, the OGYF has invested more than $1.85 million to charitable organizations who deliver summer camp opportunities since 2015. The funding is used by camps to provide subsidies to mitigate diversity, inclusion, and equality barriers a young person might be facing in terms of accessing a summer camp opportunity. Organizations that receive gifts included:
“The demand for summer camp registration and subsidy support dramatically increased this year because of the pandemic,” said Brendan Bell, retired NHL player and OGYF volunteer board member. “More families were seeking financial supports to provide opportunities for their children while the charitable organizations that deliver camps are having to do more, with less, because of pandemic pressures on their operations. The OGYF was proud to have been in a position to help”.
“The positive benefits of a summer camp opportunity are very well documented,” said Kimberly Biggs, CEO of Agence POP Inc. and OGYF volunteer board member. “Young people gain opportunities for improved self-esteem, independence, health and well-being, adventure and exploration and new friendships when attending summer camp”.
Bell and Biggs lead efforts to raise the $250,000 for Summer Camps. Together with the OGYF volunteer board of directors and staff team, they are incredibly grateful to everyone who donated ensuring a brighter summer for more young people across the region during these tough times.