June 28, 2016
This month, spark announced its investment in new community projects that will help build stronger neighbourhoods in Ottawa. The projects will tackle food security, create community pride through beautification, and bring residents together to fight isolation.
The projects will take place in the neighbourhoods of Carlington, Russell Heights, Strathcona, Pinecrest and several neighbourhoods in South East Ottawa.
Through spark, women collectively invest their donations into the sparkFund and allocate Community Action Grants for resident-led, grassroots initiatives serving Ottawa’s priority neighbourhoods. Members learn the needs of our community, assess and score proposals and vote collectively on what projects to support.
Since June 2014, spark has invested $60,000 in Community Action Grants for 25 resident-led initiatives. Its latest investment of $15,721 is funding seven new projects.
How do spark members create lasting change?
Working alongside a unique and diverse group of women from all areas of our city, spark members contribute to their community and directly influence how dollars are invested.
One newly funded program is the Van Lang Collective Kitchen – a project that works to improve access to healthy food for residents in Carlington. Participants learn to cook healthy meals that they take home to their families and meals and snacks created in the kitchen also go to the local homework club and food bank. The program brings together isolated seniors, new Canadians, and people living with mental illness to help them feel connected to their community.
“Strong and vibrant neighbourhoods are key to having a healthy city,” said Robyn Osgood, spark member and Principal, Blueprint Public Relations. “It’s great to be part of spark, and to know we are making a real impact by helping bring community members together.”