As a registered charity, we raise funds to provide children and young adults in the care of the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa the resources, opportunities and experiences to grow into a healthy and productive adult.
Dare to Dream Bursary Program
We believe that a lack of funds should not stand in the way of the educational aspirations for young adults who have already faced far too many obstacles at such an early age. The Dare to Dream Bursary Program provides funds to young adults who are in care, or formerly in the care of the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa to assist with their post-secondary education tuition. This program gives them the opportunity to pursue their life goals and break the cycle of abuse and neglect.
Scotia Capital Leap to Learning Program
Children and young adults who have faced the hardships of abuse and neglect may experience learning setbacks while in school. The Scotia Capital Leap to Learning Program provides funds for tutoring to children and young adults to assist with their progress through all stages of education.
Cookie Jar Fund
The Cookie Jar Fund provides financial assistance for sports, recreational and cultural opportunities, as well as basic necessities for children, young adults and families in the care of the CAS of Ottawa. From karate lessons for a young child, to a washer and dryer for a single mother’s new apartment, the Cookie Jar Fund provides those “extra” items or opportunities to those who need them the most.
The Miracle Fund was established in 1999 at the Children’s Aid Foundation in Toronto. The fund provides life-enhancing opportunities to children, young adults and families in need. These opportunities include such things as school trips, recreational activities and basic necessities. The Miracle Fund provides those small “miracles” that make a big difference.
Swimming, canoeing, eating s’mores by the fire - these are all memories that children should experience, despite the many challenges that they have already faced. The Foundation provides funds for at risk children and young adults in the Ottawa area to attend camp.
Holiday Gift Program
In 2014, the Holiday Gift Program provided over 1,700 children and their families much needed support during the holiday season. Over 140 community donors, (i.e. government offices, local businesses, families and individuals generously provided over 10,000 gifts such as toys and clothing, as well as monetary donations. In addition, 133 families were matched to donors who provided full sponsorships to meet the families’ needs for the holiday season.