• World Suicide Prevention Day

    If you are dealing with any kind of mental health issue, or know someone who is facing a crisis in their life, we encourage you to call the Distress Centre at 613-238-3311. You can also call 211 to find out about local resources that can provide support.

  • Camp Smitty, where kids can be kids

    Every year, Camp Smitty welcomes campers ages 8 to 16 to Mink Lake for an unforgettable summer. The camp is run by the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, a United Way partner, and was created to give Ottawa youth a life-changing camp experience regardless of their financial situation. This is just one example of how United Way is helping kids in Ottawa grow up great.


  • Summer program keeps kids in the learning loop


    School’s out for the summer, but instead of hitting the park and bike trails to get active, many students are glued to their televisions and iPad screens – hobbies that not only result in physical inactivity, but a severe loss in learning as well.

    Over the course of the summer, students can lose almost two months of numeracy and literacy skills as a result of being outside of a learning environment. This loss in learning not only makes it difficult for teachers come September, but also makes it harder for students to catch up when they’re back to the books.

    To combat this summer learning loss, United Way Ottawa supports the Summer Achievement Gap Program, thanks to the generosity of Stephen Greenberg and family. This unique summer program is offered in two of Ottawa’s high-risk neighbourhoods, Banff-Ledbury and Confederation Court, and functions similarly to a summer day camp, but with an educational twist.


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  • spark.AMBITION with spark Chair, Jane Bachynski

    Jane Bachynski considers her work within the community to have the greatest single impact on her life. For more than 20 years, Jane has remained committed to giving back, devoting much of her free time to charity work and making a difference. Because of her tireless efforts to make our community a better place, we are thrilled to announce that Jane will be Chair of spark!


    Help us shape spark. Your voice, your ideas, and your opinions are what will allow spark to grow. What would you like spark to be? Let us know what you think and help us #sparkchange.


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