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Ontario Trillium Grant 2018

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The Waupoos Foundation is thrilled to announce that Waupoos Family Farm has been approved for a Capital Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF)!

Waupoos has received funding for repairs and renovations to our cottages, main lodge, and farmhouse.

With this support, we’ll be able to improve our core infrastructure to better serve families in need and to help OTF support the positive development of children and youth.

This exciting work is already underway and is scheduled to be wrapped up by the end of this year.

Waupoos is incredibly grateful to OTF for its generosity. We look forward to sharing the benefits of this project with our visiting families and the extended Waupoos community for years to come.

A Trillium celebration is being planned for the afternoon of Saturday, October 20th. Please join us from 1 – 2 PM for a brief celebration as we welcome staff from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and local dignitaries.

Summer 2018: Week 3

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We were sad to see an end to Week 3, but the week held enough joy to last us the summer! The sun was hot, but kids kept cool in the sprinkler, the pool, and on the slip and slide. The laughter could be heard from the other side of the farm!

 

 

 

On Thursday, everybody got to celebrate at our “Birthday Party for Everyone!”. From musical chairs, to limbo, to freeze dance, there was never a dull moment. Our huge colourful parachute also made its first appearance of the year, and the kids had a blast playing “Cat and Mouse”. We finished the party off with birthday cupcakes for everybody there!

 

 

 

 

 

Week 3 was a week to remember, and we are optimistic that we still have many amazing weeks ahead of us! If you are interested in joining in the fun, please come for our open house, each Saturday at 1pm!

We Reached our Summer Student Fundraising Goal!

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In early May, Waupoos launched a fundraising campaign for summer staff after learning that our grant application for summer students had been denied.

The Ottawa Archdiocese provided an initial donation of $5000 and Archbishop Prendergast wrote an article in the Ottawa Sun asking our community to help us raise the necessary funds – and help they did! Over the past two months, individuals and organizations stepped up to provide donations and ensure we could hire the staff necessary to operate our summer vacation program for low-income families. We have been so blessed!

Waupoos Women’s Gala on June 15th brought our summer staff fundraising efforts to a successful close with over $2000 raised on that evening!

Our summer students have been hired! We are so grateful for the generous support of all those who helped to ensure families would be able to enjoy a week at Waupoos this summer.  My God bless all for their kindness and generosity.

Fundraising for Summer Students 2018

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Waupoos Farm provides a summer program for low-income families in July and August with a goal to provide a safe and welcoming community environment where families in need can find rest, fellowship, and hope. Waupoos has enjoyed Canada Summer Jobs funding to hire four summer students every year since the inception of that program. This year, a new attestation was added to the CSJ grant application. In good conscience, Waupoos could not agree to the required attestation that our core mandate or our students’ job descriptions support abortion.

As a Christian organization, Waupoos has maintained a long-standing policy of welcoming visitors from all backgrounds and walks of life. Waupoos has not, does not, and will not discriminate against families or individuals on any basis.

The principal requirement for a family to apply and stay at Waupoos is to meet Statistics Canada’s Low-Income definition. Our commitment to serving families in a non-discriminatory manner is a fruit of our Christian beliefs, identity, spirituality, and practices, which affirm the dignity and sanctity of all persons.

With summer being the peak season of the year at Waupoos, our students play an indispensable role. These students shoulder responsibility for coordinating and delivering the farm’s programming for visiting families, and for helping to ensure that families feel supported and are able to create lasting memories during their time at Waupoos. We’ve been able to provide students with good jobs, great skills, and amazing life experiences. All while supporting families in need.

With our access to CSJ funding having been denied this year, we have begun fundraising efforts in order to hire summer staff. We need your help. If you have the means to assist, please consider making a donation.   http://waupoos.com/donate/

We are most grateful for the support of the Ottawa Archdiocese and Archbishop Prendergast.  Learn more:

Prendergast: Fund-raising begins after Waupoos Family Farm denied jobs grant

Catholic Education Week Volunteers May 7-11

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Two local OCSB Catholic schools brought students to Waupoos this week for their “Service Day”.  On this day, students go out into their community to work with seniors and provide donations and/or assistance to local organizations.  Waupoos Farm is fortunate to be one of the beneficiaries again this year!

On Wednesday, May 9th St. Mark High School students came to lend a hand and build the first of two new sheds they are donating to the Farm.

On Thursday, May 10th we welcomed a group of students from St. Joseph High School who helped complete our spring cleanup of the grounds.

Thank you to these students and school staff for your commitment to service and making a difference in your community.  You have certainly made a significant difference at Waupoos Farm!


 

Spring Cleanup Day Sat May 5th

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What a lovely day we had for Spring Cleanup on May 5th.

Over 50 people participated and we accomplished so many tasks – the pool deck furniture, bicycles and large playground toys are back out for the summer season, cottages cleaned, windows in the lodge washed, gardens dug, raking begun, newly fallen tree cut up and more!  What a day!

Thanks to all our friends – old and new!

 

 

Dec 8th Waupoos Women’s Gala!

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The 3rd Annual Women’s Gala was held on December 8th at Blessed Sacrament Church hall and over 100 women came together for a lovely evening!  As in previous years, women were invited to host a table of their friends, providing light snacks for them and a dessert to share with the group. The cost to participants; just $20.

The evening included entertainment, silent auction, raffle and vendors offering an opportunity to begin or complete Christmas shopping!

Most importantly, it was an opportunity to get together with friends! Participants included past and present farm residents, host families, volunteers and Waupoos supporters as well as some new friends.

 

Entertainment was provided by choral group “Key Rings!” and a surprise a flash mob by the McCann family! Thanks to everyone’s efforts and participation, over $4100 was raised to support Waupoos Farm!

HOPE Volleyball 2017 Recipient

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In November 2016, The Waupoos Foundation was selected as one of six Ottawa charities to receive funds from the 2017 Hope Volleyball Tournament on July 15, 2017.

“HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) is a volunteer, not-for-profit, event management organization that raises funds for community-based charities and has fun doing so.”  Learn more about HOPE

Our commitment was to provide at least 50 volunteers to help and with God’s help, we made that happen.

A HUGE thank you to all our friends who stepped up to volunteer on July 15th!

 

On November 23, 2017 we received a cheque for $25,000 from HOPE.

This money will be used to improve our cottages and that work has already begun!

Matias Garcia, Board President and Dan Kelly receive cheque from HOPE Volleyball

Fall Cleanup Day October 21st

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What an awesome Fall Cleanup Day we had, with over 50 people who arrived to volunteer to help! And with such warm temperatures, It was an awesome day to get lots of outside work done!

Thanks to everyone who helped make this day such a success!

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Spring Clean-Up! 2017 at Waupoos

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Join us Saturday, May 6th from 9am – 3pm.

Come lend a helping hand as we tidy up from winter and prepare for our spring and summer programming.  Many, many tasks to complete, inside and outside and we can’t do it without your help!! We need to remove the winter tools and wrappings, bring out our summer equipment and re-awaken the pool and gardens.

Then we’ll enjoy some fellowship in the lodge and a warm meal!

RSVP here.