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.

Waupoos Women’s Spring Gala – June 15th!

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The Spring Women’s Gala was held at Annunciation of the Lord Parish Hall on June 15th as a fundraiser to support our summer student fundraising campaign.

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.

This evening is truly about fellowship! The room was filled with chatter and laughter as participants enjoyed the opportunity to connect again!

The evening included a silent auction, raffle and a few vendors provided an opportunity for shopping.

Waupoos Board member, Patrick Brown, welcomed the group, thanked everyone for their support and announced that with the gala profits Waupoos will meet our summer student fundraising goal!

Pierre Poilievre MP for Carleton riding dropped by to bring greetings and reiterate his support for Waupoos Farm and our mission to serve low-income families.

Thanks to everyone’s efforts and participation, over $2000 was raised to support Waupoos Farm!

Special thanks to the gala organizer, Melina and the volunteers who helped make this evening a success!

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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Summer 2017 Week # 8

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We are now ending our final week of the summer session at Waupoos, and though we’re a little sad to be finished, this week has been an amazing end to the summer!

We were lucky to have our awesome hosts, Lori and Kim, back for week eight! As usual, cottagers had lots of fun activities and crafts to keep them busy. We had excellent cottager participation which added even more energy to our incredible activities. Throughout the week, we enjoyed pancake breakfasts, a hotdog lunch as well as delicious cupcakes! Our cottagers also tested their crafting skills with bracelet making and painting! Chapel time was kept exciting with Chapel Cranium, Saint Jeopardy and a Prayer Chain with over 90 intentions! The kid’s favourites, Amazing Race and Story time, continued to be a hit!

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The talent show was full of excitement this week, with awesome participation from both cottagers and residents. All four staff members also decided to stick around for the last talent show of the summer, and we even put in a few acts of our own! The resident girls took great pleasure in acting as our arms to make and feed us peanut butter sandwiches (most of which didn’t quite make it to our mouths).


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Overall, the week has been so much fun, and a great way to end off our summer here. We want to thank all of those that have been involved at Waupoos for helping to make this summer amazing: The cottagers who are unique, inspirational, and always ready to have fun, the farm families who put so much work into keeping Waupoos up and running, and of course all of the children whom we have grown VERY fond of over the last eight weeks.

The excitement of the summer is not over yet, and we hope you will join us for our last Open House, this Saturday August 26th at 1pm!

-Nimily

Summer 2017 Week # 7

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It seems that summer has gone by in the blink of an eye as we finish up our seventh week here at Waupoos!

Our amazing host family this week brought some fun and creative ideas that always kept the kids excited for the next activity. On Tuesday we endured the rain by playing the kids’ favourite Madlibs, settling in for storytime, and finishing off with a few mystery games. On Wednesday, everyone was invited to a birthday party… where it was everyone’s birthday! The party-goers enjoyed fun party games, cupcakes, loot-bags, and lots of popcorn! There was more fun to be had on Thursday with Bingo, parachute games, and painting. Tomorrow the kids are looking forward to creating their very own volcano!
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Please join us for one of our last Open Houses, this Saturday, August 19th at 1 pm. There will be swimming, wagon rides, games, and a potluck. Hope to see you there!

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