We believe in teaching children about the community and their role in it. That's why all of our centres include a Community Helper component in their program.
Throughout the year, children in all of our centres participate in service projects to assist their local community. Helping others is the central theme of the activities but they can also include appreciation events for those in the community who have affected the lives of children.
These activities teach children about the various needs in the community and promote a sense of responsibility (giving back). Typically the ideas for our Community Helper projects often come from the children themselves.
The OCCCC supports these projects by providing funds to enhance projects or offset their costs.
Community Helper projects
These are just a few of the activites that children have been involved in as part of our Community Helper program.
Book Swap and Car Wash for CHEO
Crafting Mother's Day Centrepieces for a Church Banquet
Tying blue ribbons around the community to show support for first responders and essential workers
Becoming Pen Pals with a local seniors living in a residence (sending them Christmas letters/notes)
Creating placemats for Meals on Wheels clients to help brighten their day
Creating care packages for local homeless shelters
Designing and sewing a quilt for a local radio announcer who was diagnosed with cancer
Spreading wish you well rocks painted with positive words throughout the community