If you prefer donating school supplies, please see the list of most-needed items and drop off locations.
As you may know, the Caring and Sharing Exchange has been the new umbrella name of the organization since September 2011, when a new exciting program called Sharing in Student Success started.
This program provides tangible assistance in the form of grade-appropriate stuffed backpacks.
After the 2018 fundraising campaign, a total of 4,007 children received back-to-school assistance (3,300 through Sharing in Student Success and another 707 through our partnering agencies).
How do we know?
Just as we have done since 1915 with Christmas assistance, hundreds of agencies in the area were encouraged to register the names of familes in need who required assistance with school supplies. By cross-referencing the compiled list of over 4,263 registered children, our Coordination Service found 256 duplicate applications!
This saved the community $15,945, so your donations were used to assist even more families in need. Our Coordination Service continues to ensure thousands of children go back to school with the tools to succeed every school year.
With one in six children in Canada living in poverty, the organizers expect the need for assistance will continue to rise. Let’s give every child the chance to go to school with their heads held high!
– Mother of 2018 Recipients
Going back to school with their heads held high
Children who are reduced to carrying supplies in a plastic bag and wearing torn shoes can easily become targets of bullying and intimidation. Children just want to fit in and feel equal to their peers.
With the cost of living what it is today, our program will ease a lot of already-tight budgets and will ensure that children go back to school with their head held high!
Give them hope! The Sharing in Student Success Program accepts donations all year round.
How did it go in 2019?
|Total number of applications for assistance:||4,454||4,263||2,767|
|Total number of duplicate applications found:||339||256||230|
|*Children assisted by partnering agencies:||752||707||33|
|Children provided with a backpack and supplies by the Caring and Sharing Exchange:||3,363||3,300||2,533|
|Number of children left unassisted:||0||0||0|
* In total, 1,025 children were registered by the Ottawa Community Houses and their partners. The Ottawa Community Housing Foundation was ultimately only able to provide complete assistance to 500 children.