A few weeks ago we were contacted by the Community Foundation of Ottawa. They wanted to support our program! However, we were not a registered charity. Could we find a charitable organization to partner with? they asked, so we decided to partner with Ability First Ottawa. Ability First Ottawa is a charitable organization that provides support and programming to people living with disabilities in Ottawa.
The youth at AFO love making art, but there just isn't enough funding or art educators to maintain frequent art programs and while I had volunteered to facilitate a zero waste art workshop with them previously, the truth is that in order to do more of what we want to do, we need to be able to pay our facilitators. Like everyone else, they need money to eat, pay their bills and pay for other expenses, like childcare. Every donation helps us to be able to continue our programming and keep in line with our values of paying our instructors and providing art workshops for free to youth.
We are happy to say that starting October, with the help of the CFO, we will be hosting our popular twelve week art workshop with Ability First Ottawa on Monday evenings!