Help Build a Roof for Seniors at the Osgoode Care Centre

Help Build a Roof for Seniors at the Osgoode Care Centre
Posted on November 12, 2014 | Kim Sheldrick | Written on November 12, 2014
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Aviva Community Fund

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HELP OUR SENIORS AT OSGOODE CARE CENTRE

We have entered the Aviva Community Fund competition and we need your help to win funding for a new roof!

Please log on to https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf19886 and vote for our project. You can vote once per day until voting close later this month.

We need your vote to put a new roof over the rooms of residents at the Osgoode Care Centre in Ottawa, Ontario!!

OVERVIEW

Local fundraising is just not enough to make a new roof happen in the short time that is required to make a difference in the lives of elder residents in our community. The current roof is nearly 30 years old, which is far beyond its life expectancy when it was put up in 1986. The OCC was created entirely with community funding and through dedicated volunteer effort. No government funding created our Community Care Centre. It was created through the generosity of the long standing members of the community going back generations in a rural setting.

Can you help to improve the lives of our residents, by making their home safer, healthier and more joyful?

We cannot do it without you! PLEASE VOTE FOR US!

Twenty eight years ago, a small group of residents, from what was then called the Osgoode Township, decided to dream big. Why did they dream? They saw families in need. They had compassionate hearts. They had the strength to face the challenges of their tomorrow.

Today, in our rural community, the Osgood Care Centre is home to 100 residents and their families. The Osgoode Care Centre is a non-profit charitable organization that is unique and sustained, in part, by the community that it serves. It provides specialized health care services in a clean, bright, cheery, rural setting that exudes an atmosphere for joyful living.

Since we opened our doors in 1986, we have provided services to over 600 residents and supported more than 1200 families in meeting the health care needs of their loved ones. Today, the OCC provides a range of social and economic benefits that extend beyond Osgoode to surrounding areas such as Metcalfe, Vernon, Russell, Greely, Manotick, Kars, North Gower and so on. It is one of the largest employers in the rural region with a staff in excess of 100 that also provides a learning Centre for volunteers and students. It supports dental clinics, pastoral care, personal care services, pet therapy, food services along with intergeneration counselling services.

Thanks to the tireless effort of fundraising volunteers, local service organizations and the business community at large, funds have been raised through garage sales, event booths, family sports events, business community contributions and special events, musical shows, community gala events and personal charitable donations.

During the past two years we raised sufficient funding to provide essential services for improving the environment for our residents. But unfortunately, the roof problems came as a complete surprise. It was not until this past summer that engineers informed us that our facility urgently requires a new roof to replace the existing one, which is more than 30 years old. Failing to do so could jeopardize the health and wellbeing of residents and staff.

While we fully intend to continue our fundraising efforts, we would greatly appreciate receiving a portion of the cost for replacing the roof through the Aviva Community Foundation.

Our new roof will only become reality with your support. Please vote now!

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Community volunteer working to improve this little corner of the world.

Candidate for City Councillor in Osgoode Ward 20