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The Waupoos Foundation

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Cathy Philpott
Office Administrator
The Waupoos Foundation

2050 Rideau Road
Ottawa, ON
Canada K1X 1B1

TEL: 613-822-2189
FAX: 613-822-4526

E-mail: contact@waupoos.com

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Aboriginals (First Nation, Metis, Inuit); Visible Minorities or New Canadians; Disadvantaged; Men; People with disabilities or medical conditions; Youth (16-18 years); Youth (11-15 years); Children (0-10 years); Women

The Waupoos Foundation provides holidays and respite to low-income families in the Ottawa community. Waupoos Family Farm is a registered non-profit organization with a unique charitable mission to serve families that live below the poverty line through facilitating a community experience.

Since 1975, qualified families who have no other opportunities for a family holiday and have at least one child 16 years or younger have been welcome to apply for a vacation at Waupoos Family Farm in south Ottawa. The farm hosts up to five families at a time, providing refuge from the day-to-day challenges of poverty in the context of a recreational camp experience for the whole family. Cottagers are free to participate in swimming, nature walks, bonfires, archery, arts and crafts, sports and many other games and activities over the course of each session.

Among the farm's amenities include a detached three-bedroom cottage for each family, a community lodge for all-weather/all-season meals and activities, a petting zoo, an in-ground pool with lifeguard supervision (summer), and a dedicated farm management team.

Poverty is more than a lack of material possessions; it challenges personal freedom, resulting in a degree of alienation from society. A reprieve from the challenges of daily life, Waupoos Family Farm is a community that people choose. Children and parents make friends, create happy memories, and deepen bonds both within their own families and with others. These shared experiences are the basis of the Waupoos community and the foundation for peer relationships that continue to grow.

Waupoos Family Farm was founded in the Catholic tradition and prides itself on the equal-access offering of our programming irrespective of race, gender, religion, or sexuality. Although Waupoos Family Farm is founded on Catholic spirituality, there is no requirement for visiting families to have any religious affiliation. We welcome people of all faiths and beliefs.

www.waupoos.com

Volunteer Opportunities

Waupoos Family Farm is a registered non-profit organization with a unique charitable mission to serve families that live below the poverty line through facilitating a community experience. We provide families with children 16 and under with affordable vacation opportunities during summer and select long weekends during the rest of the year.

We strive to keep our property neat and clean for the enjoyment of all who visit Waupoos. We have several buildings on site and try to ensure they are well maintained. We are currently wanting to replace old electrical outlets and would love to have the assistance of an experienced volunteer. This is all indoor work.
Location: 2050 Rideau Road, Ottawa, ON K1X 1B1
Deadline: Dec 15, 2019
Waupoos Family Farm is a registered non-profit organization with a unique charitable mission to serve families that live below the poverty line through facilitating a community experience. We provide families with children 16 and under with affordable vacation opportunities during summer and select long weekends during the rest of the year.

Many of the families who come to enjoy the farm require a ride to get here and/or back home. If you are available to provide occasional rides, please contact us. Must have own vehicle

A criminal records check (vulnerable sector) is required (no charge for volunteers) Volunteers are contacted about 1-2 weeks in advance when a family needs a ride to and from the farm. When volunteers are available for these dates, they indicate their willingness to assist.

Here are the times we need help with transportation for families:
Most Waupoos vacations during the school year fall around long weekends. Arrival for families is usually late afternoon (3-6 PM), usually Friday; and departure is typically on the holiday Monday morning before noon.
Families coming for either Christmas and New Year vacations this year will require pick up on the Monday afternoon (Dec 23 or Dec 30) and return home on the Friday morning (Dec 27 or Jan 3rd)

We have car seats available if the family or the driver does not have them.

Individuals who have a van are especially needed but all volunteers are welcome as some families are small.
Location: 2050 Rideau Road, Ottawa, ON K1X 1B1
Deadline: Dec 15, 2019