From:                              Y Events

Subject:                          Inspired Giving - Fall 2016





October 13, 2016

Dear Y Supporter,  

Without fail, each year, as fall descends on the city and the leaves start to change, I am often caught thinking about all the things I am grateful for: the love of my family, the joy I feel watching my kids as they learn new skills in dance class or swimming lessons, the chance to catch up with old friends, and so much more.


This year however, I am struck by how thankful I am for your generosity, and the kindness of those like you  from all across our city. Since joining the Y, a year and a half ago, time and again I have been overwhelmed with gratitude. I have yet to go a week without being truly touched by the generosity of our neighbours, our community partners, and of course - YOU!


And so, I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you. Thank you for taking the time provide us with your feedback so we can continually improve our services; thank you for making your annual donation to ensure our programs will continue running and remain accessible to all members of our community; thank you volunteering your time, skills, and passion to help Y initiatives succeed; but most of all, thank you for taking the time to show some of our city's most vulnerable residents that you care. 


With much gratitude,


Meighan Hartley
Manager, Annual Giving and Donor Stewardship


Y Story: The Home Depot Canada


The Home Depot Canada is a familiar beacon; its bright orange roof can be seen in many neighbourhoods across our city. However, at the heart of this well-known and vibrant corporation you'll find compassion, care, and a commitment to helping some of our community's most vulnerable youth.


The Home Depot South Keys team shows their support, during their 2016 Orange Door Campaign.

Did you know, in 2013, The Home Depot Canada Foundation pledged to commit $10 million to help address vulnerable and homeless youth in Canada? Through its "Orange Door Project" initiative, the Foundation has made a tremendous impact not only here at the Y, but on the lives of countless youth who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless - both here in our community and across the country.


For the past four years, The South Keys Home Depot has run their Orange Door in-store campaign, with proceeds supporting the Y's Second Stage Housing program. This initiative has given the Y a platform to educate both staff and customers alike about the Second Stage Housing Program, the challenges facing homeless youth, and the role our community can play in helping them develop the skills they require to transition into stable and permanent housing. The ability to reach and engage this new audience is of undeniable benefit to both the program, and to the youth we are assisting.


The Home Depot Orleans', Corey Kennedy, Store Manager and Diego Ramirez, Store HR Manager, present the Y's Second Stage Housing Program with a cheque for $40,000 on behalf of The Home Depot Canada Foundation, while touring the newly renovated facilities.

This past year, The Home Depot Canada

Foundation took the relationship one step

further: the Y was overwhelmed and beyond grateful to receive an Orange Door Grant of $40,000, to assist with the extensive and much-needed capital renovations for the Second Stage Housing Program's facilities. This grant will do so much more than just help repair the program's existing facility: it shows the youth enrolled in the Second Stage Housing program that our community truly cares about them. The changes made possible thanks to these funds give the members of the Second Stage Housing program a sense of pride in where they are living, and how far they have come. Receiving this grant means the Y will be here to help many other youth who may need assistance by providing them with a safe and supportive environment.


So, the next time you are at The Home Depot, know that you are supporting an organization that cares about our community. It is astounding to know that the Y is not the only organization to benefit from the generosity of The Home Depot; by the end of 2016, The Home Depot Canada Foundation will have distributed almost $4 million in grants to 141 charitable organizations across Canada through this program, which began in 2009!


On behalf of the youth who have found refuge and hope in our Second Stage Housing program, the Y would like to say thank you to The Home Depot! Your work and commitment is helping create stronger and healthier cities across our country.



Y Updates: 




This year's 3rd annual YMCA-YWCA Cliffhanger, was a resounding success. The net proceeds raised by this event will provide 137 local kids with the opportunity to learn new skills, form lasting friendships, and discover their self-confidence by attending a Y Camp!


The professionals from Canadian Ropes Access and Vera Industrial Access

helped guide 26 participants during their 16 story rappel, down the Shenkman Residence Tower, at the Taggart Family Y. The event, which is led by a small group of community leaders, namely Richard Martin, Curt Millar, and Justin Tudor, attracts a wide range of participants. From thrill seekers, to philanthropists, to those trying to conquer personal fears, Cliffhanger provides a unique opportunity for participants to challenge themselves to complete the daring rappel, while improving the lives of kids in our community at the same time.


This year's event saw individual participants, joined by teams from local companies such as Alterna Savings, PBC Group, Keller Engineering, and Huntington Properties. Thank you to all of our participants and sponsors for rallying your friends and families to support the kids in our city.


A special thank you to The Hon. Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre, who completed his jump on live television, and to The Hon. Catherine McKenna, MP for Ottawa Centre who chatted with Sarah Freemark from CTV morning during the descent, helping to promote the Y's mission. 


Click here to check out the footage from the event!



Y Golf Classic


On September 26th, 140 golfers took to the prestigious Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club all to raise vital funds for some of our cities most vulnerable residents. From the Beat the Pro contest and Hole-in-One challenges, to a fast-paced live auction and inspiring special guest speaker, the day provided a fun afternoon of networking and comradery to some of our cities most philanthropic individuals and companies.


The 7th annual Y Golf Classic presented by Arch Insurance, Aviva, Chubb, Encon, Everest, Munich Re, and XL Catlin raised a record-breaking $206,000 in net proceeds.

Thank you to each and every one of our golfers, sponsors, and volunteers for helping make the day what it was. Without you, the Y would not be able to continue providing support and assistance to those who need us the most.



Y Thanks:


Employees and friends of Alterna Savings have done it again - holding their  12th Annual Charity Golf Classic at the GreyHawk Golf Club. This year, the tournament raised an incredible $61,000, shared equally between the Y and another local charity. 


Thank you Alterna for giving children in our community the chance to attend a Y camp and create lifelong memories!


Kim Jones, General Manager at Hotel Indigo Ottawa, is hit with a pie, to help raise money to send kids to a Y camp.



Nestled in the heart of downtown Ottawa, the boutique Hotel Indigo, continues to go above and beyond with their support of children, youth, and families right here in our local community. 


With monthly initiatives to support the Y, and continued support of events like the Y's Cliffhanger we are beyond grateful to the entire Hotel Indigo team. 


Thank you to the entire Hotel Indigo Ottawa team for your dedicated support! 


We are thrilled to announce that this year's recipient of the Wilda Phillips Leadership Bursary is Joshua Van Noppen. Joshua was selected from a pool of highly qualified applicants to receive a $1,000 bursary towards his post-secondary training. 


Thank you Joshua for all that you do for the youth in our community. By sharing and demonstrating the values of the Y throughout our city we know you will continue to be a positive force within our community!


Wilda Phillips presents Joshua Van Noppen with the Wilda Phillips Leadership Bursary.

Jonathan and Alyssa Chow are this year's AFP Ottawa Outstanding Youth Award recipients.


Congratulations to Jonathan and Alyssa Chow! This dynamic brother-sister duo was selected to receive the 2016 Ottawa Association of Fundraising Professionals Outstanding Youth Award. 


Jonathan and Alyssa actively engage their peers and the local community in fundraising and awareness initiatives, in support of the Y and many other charitable and non-profit organizations. 


Thank you both for leading by example and showing our next generation the positive impact each and every individual can make on our community. 




Y Upcoming Events:


Y Fitness SummitNovember 13



Giving Tuesday - November 29


Thank You


It is your commitment and support that allows the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region to help children, youth, adults, and families, in our community, to live engaging and more rewarding lives. On behalf of the 70,000 individuals who are served by the Y annually, thank you.


Meighan Hartley
Manager, Annual Giving & Donor Stewardship
p. 613-237-1320 ext. 5155 



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