During a torrential downpour on Thursday October 20th, over 50 dedicated volunteers helped make our community a better place by taking part in Community Action Days; a volunteer initiative coordinated by Volunteer Ottawa and the United Way Ottawa. Volunteers worked outdoors with Ottawa Community Housing on Gore Street to help with a fall clean up of the neighbourhood.
When called inside from the rain, volunteers came in for a quick break and a few laughs but didn’t stay long. In their rain ponchos and wet shoes, they were motivated to get back to work; raking up bags of wet leaves.
Councillor Diane Deans came out to recognize the volunteers for their efforts and dedication.
These volunteers were part of a larger group of over 170 employees from government and private sectors who donated their time and effort to help non-profit organizations across the city for Community Action Days. For more information on how to get your workplace or non-profit involved in the second Community Action Days taking place on December 6th, visit: www.communityactiondays.com
Here is what Ottawa Community Housing had to say:
It takes a dedicated group of volunteer to brave the rain and spend the day doing an outdoor fall clean up!
Our group of 50 volunteers, from Intact Insurance, Scouts Canada, Farm Credit Canada, Transport Canada, City of Ottawa, EDC and Office of the Auditor General, showed up early in the morning on October 20, 2011, with spirits that couldn’t be dampened, whether or not Mother Nature chose to cooperate. A total of 347 leaf bags were filled and waiting to be picked up at the end of the day!!!
So just who benefitted from all of this hard work? The 290 residents of the Fairlea community, where half of the population are children and youth, as well as the 270 seniors from the Walkley community, had cleaner and brighter communities at the end of the day.
OCH has 164 communities across Ottawa. There are 14,827 units that are home to over 32,000 seniors, families, singles and people with special needs. OCH is the largest social housing provider in Ottawa, and the second largest in Ontario.