February 14, 2017
Robyn Osgood was looking for a hands-on opportunity to give back to her community while meeting like-minded women who want to do the same. She joined spark, a group where women collectively invest their donations into the sparkFund and allocate Community Action Grants for resident-led, grassroots initiatives serving Ottawa’s priority neighbourhoods. Robyn said spark gave her everything she was looking for. We asked Robyn what it’s like to be a member of spark.
Why did you decide to join spark?
I was drawn to the idea of being directly involved with investment decisions. I love the idea of women helping women, and the concept of small grants. I’m always struck by how little money it takes to help people step away from life’s challenges. Through spark, we’ve seen how our Community Action Grants, providing a few thousand dollars, have impacted people in 28 neighbourhoods in Ottawa. We have seen how projects we’ve funded, like community gardens, women’s leadership workshops and cooking classes, have boosted a community, built bridges, and inspired confidence.