A grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation will help to provide programming for single parents, at-risk youth and seniors.
The $122,000 grant was presented to the Social Planning Council of Ottawa and Jewish Family Services at the family services office on Carling Avenue on Jan. 15.
The monies will be provided over two years to help with mentoring and support to Ottawa Somaliland community services, Canada Nepal Solidarity for Peace, Cooperation Integration Canada, La Coopérative Enseignants Pas à Pas and the Shia Moslem community.
The grant will also provide seed funding to implement new programs for at-risk youth and single parents in Ottawa. Jewish Family Services director Mark Zarecki said the two larger agencies could provide support in the setting up of boards and volunteer management.
“This is a great chance for us to work with smaller agencies in a way we haven’t been able to before,” Zarecki said adding that another Trillium grant has helped increase revenues from their counselling services, allowing them to provide better services to low-income clients that can’t pay the fees.
“Any time we get Trillium funding it helps us to attain program goals,” he said.
Bob Chiarelli, the MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean, made the announcement and said the organizations working in Ottawa’s communities are the glue that holds the city together.
“I am pleased that with the help of this funding, our community partners will be able to enhance their services and continue to offer high quality programs for families in Ottawa,” he said.
Sherry Franklin, a representative of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, said the foundation gives out $120 million annually to projects that make better and more vibrant communities.
Howard Cohen, from the Social Planning Council of Ottawa said the money will help new immigrants and teachers.
“I hope the partnership continues and we make a better city,” he said.