Update – July 2020 – Backpacks for Overbrook Youth Initiative

What you’ll find inside:

  1. Backpacks for Overbrook Youth Initiative
  2. Free Online Math and Self-Esteem Courses
  3. Community Workshop on 15-Minute Communities
  4. ACORN Ottawa – No COVID Evictions Rally and March
  5. Electronics Drive with OttawaCares.ca

Backpacks for Overbrook Youth Initiative


The Overbrook Community Association’s (OCA) Safety Committee and Prezdential Basketball are launching a campaign to provide 300 Overbrook youth in need with free backpacks, filled with school supplies, a reusable mask and a brand-new tee shirt, just in time for back-to-school. These backpacks will help our youth start the school-year with pride and a sense of community belonging.  With evidence that economically and socially diverse neighbourhoods like ours have been most affected by COVID-19 and its fall out, it is more important than ever to help each other and bridge social isolation. Backpacks for Overbrook Youth is the first of several small fundraisers by the OCA’S Safety Committee that will support volunteer-run neighbourhood-building initiatives in our community.     

As Manock Lual, Chair of OCA’s Safety Committee and founder and CEO of Prezdential Basketball says, “Ensuring [the youth in our community] have the resources they need to succeed and be healthy is at the heart of the crime prevention model of the Safety Committee.” Expressions of caring by the community will help build trust and safe spaces in Overbrook, a neighbourhood where 43% of children aged 0 to 17 were living in low income households in 2015 (Statistics Canada). 

Can you help with a donation or by spreading the word?

Your financial donation will be used to purchase items that we have been unable to source through RRCRC or retailers. No amount is too small. Any excess funds will be used to support other OCA-Prezdential Basketball activities for Overbrook youth. Donations of school supplies are also welcome – please reach out at info@overbrook.ca.

The backpacks will be assembled by OCA and the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre (RRCRC) and presented to the recipients at a socially-distant event or dropped off at their doors. 

Who are we: 

Prezdential Basketball is a social enterprise that is dedicated to supporting disadvantaged youths in Ottawa. 

The Overbrook Community Association  (OCA) is a volunteer-led organisation which aims to bring together residents of Overbrook and Castle Heights to engage and represent them in “Co-creating a vibrant, caring community in which our environment and everyone in it matters” (OCA Vision). Led by residents, OCA’s Safety Committee takes an asset-based approach to enable and support residents and partners to work together for a safe and welcoming neighbourhood.”


Free Online Math and Self Esteem Courses

Our neighbourhood friends at PEACE (Pro-Active Education for All) is offering free online math and self-esteem courses for grade 3 to 8 students. Courses will take place from June 23rd to September 10th 2020 (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm to 6:30pm.

Register by calling 613-745-0073 ext. 121 (between 9am and 4pm)

NOTE – this program has already begun but you can still register

Community Workshop on 15-Minute Communities

Synapcity is hosting a workshop titled “Reimagining Your Neighbourhood” that will take a deep dive into the 15-minute neighbourhood. The workshop offers a deeper understanding of the City of Ottawa’s Official Plan and intensification. From the event description:

You will gain a deeper understanding of the City of Ottawa’s Official Plan and intensification, and will learn to connect and empathize with different lived experiences in your neighbourhood. We will share, exchange, and reflect on what “15-minutes” can look and feel like for different people, communities, and neighbourhoods. The workshop will also help you get a better understanding of your own neighbourhood and access tools to conduct neighbourhood and community assessments.

Join Synapcity on Wednesday, July 22nd, from 6:30PM – 8:00PM on Zoom. Please register here by Tuesday, July 21st. Upon registration, you will receive a link and additional details

ACORN Ottawa – No COVID Evictions Rally and March

The eviction ban is being lifted & tenants could start being evicted as soon as August 1st!

Join the ACORN delegation to meet allies at Parliament Hill to demand a #RentBreak to hear speeches, music and chants and then follow ACORN members leading the march to the Landlord Tenant Board to demand ‘No COVID Evictions!’

Social distancing rules will be in effect, bring a mask & stand 6 feet apart. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available.

When: Wednesday July 22nd @ 11am
Where: Parliament Hill

Click here for Facebook event page

Electronics Drive with OttawaCares.ca


Since March, Ottawa Cares has been connecting volunteers with local food banks to deliver food hampers from the food banks to local residents. We’ve been so inspired by the overwhelming response we’ve received since we put out our first call for volunteers back in March.

To date we’ve had 60 volunteers make over 2000 food box deliveries from the Ottawa Food Bank to well over 300 households in Wards 12 and 13. That’s a lot of caring and we’re just getting started!

Let’s keep it going.

While we continue to work hard to ensure that households access needed food supplies during COVID-19, we also want to help people stay connected. So we are excited to announce the Ottawa Cares E-Drive.

Beginning in July, we’ll be collecting your donated cell phones, laptops, and tablets and redistributing them to households where they will be put to good use: – allowing those who are isolating to connect with friends, family, and essential resources, and helping young students to continue learning and complete schoolwork.

Here’s how it works, beginning on July 6, 2020:
1) Gather up the cell phone, laptop or tablet you’re no longer using. Please
don’t forget the charging accessories!
2) Don’t worry if you can’t wipe your data: we have tech-savvy volunteers
who will be wiping all data from donated devices before redistributing
3) Place your donations in a sealed plastic bag with the date of donation
written directly on the bag, This will enable us to isolate donated items
according to health guidelines before handling them.

4) Drop off your sealed, bagged and dated items into one of the clearly
marked bins at Manor Park Community Centre (100 Thornwood Road)
Mondays to Fridays between 8 AM and 5 PM, beginning July 6 th .

Still have questions about the Ottawa Cares E-Drive? Please email Shoshana at mpcc@manorpark.ca

For more information about Ottawa Cares, please visit our website at:

And once again, thank you for helping to show that Ottawa cares!

Ottawa a le cœur sur la main… et un doigt sur le clavier!

Ottawa Cares lance sa collecte d’appareils électroniques

Depuis le mois de mars, Ottawa Cares jumelle des bénévoles avec des banques d’alimentation locales afin d’acheminer l’aide alimentaire jusqu’aux résidents. La vague de réponses reçue depuis notre premier appel en mars a été rien de moins qu’inspirante.

À ce jour, ce sont 60 bénévoles qui ont livré plus de 2 000 boîtes repas depuis la Banque d’alimentation d’Ottawa jusqu’à plus de 300 ménages des quartiers 12 et 13. Ce sont là beaucoup de mains et de cœurs – et ce n’est qu’un début!

Il faut continuer sur cette lancée.

Nous allons certes poursuivre nos efforts pour qu’aucun ménage n’ait faim
durant la pandémie, mais nous voulons également combattre l’isolement. C’est avec enthousiasme que nous vous annonçons donc le lancement de la collecte d’appareils électroniques d’Ottawa Cares.

Dès le mois de juillet, nous recueillerons vos anciens téléphones cellulaires,
ordinateurs portatifs et tablettes afin de les redistribuer là où ils seront utiles pour briser l’isolement et permettre aux gens de renouer avec leur famille et leurs amis, leur donner accès à des ressources essentielles, et permettre aux jeunes de poursuivre leurs apprentissages et de faire leurs travaux scolaires.

Comment contribuer? Dès le 6 juillet 2020 :
1) Rassemblez les téléphones cellulaires, ordinateurs portatifs ou tablettes
que vous n’utilisez plus. N’oubliez pas les chargeurs!
2) Si vous n’arrivez pas à effacer vos données, ne vous en faites pas : des
bénévoles versés en technologie s’occuperont de tout effacer avant la
redistribution des appareils.

3) Placez vos dons dans un sac en plastique fermé hermétiquement sur
lequel vous inscrirez directement la date. Cette procédure nous permettra
de respecter les directives sanitaires touchant la mise en quarantaine des

4) Venez déposer vos articles, dans leurs sacs bien fermés et datés, dans
l’une des boîtes clairement identifiées du Centre communautaire Manor
Park (100, chemin Thornwood), du lundi au vendredi entre 8 h et
17 h, à partir du 6 juillet.

Vous avez d’autres questions sur la collecte d’appareils électroniques
d’Ottawa Cares? Faites-les parvenir par courriel à Shoshana, à

Pour en savoir plus sur Ottawa Cares, consultez notre site Web au
https://www.ottawacares.ca/learn-more (en anglais seulement).

Merci encore de rappeler à tous qu’Ottawa a le cœur sur la main!