What is the Nepean, Rideau Osgoode Community Resource Centre?
The Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre (NROCRC) is a community based social service centre working in partnership with individuals, families and communities to promote optimal health, wellness and quality of life. Our office is located at Emerald Plaza in Nepean, Ontario and we serve a large proportion of the population throughout Ottawa. NROCRC is non-profit charitable organization and our services and programs are free. Our Charitable NO is 12139 6428 RR0002.
The community our agency serves is large, diverse and mobile. Immigrant families, families new to the area, youth, and a growing senior population present a wide variety of needs. NROCRC supports Ottawa’s largest community population: over 200,000 people. NROCRC’s catchment area is also the largest out of all the community resource centres in Ottawa.
At this time, our Tools 4 School program is seeking donations and registrants for its 2015 campaign.
What is the Tools 4 School program?
The Tools 4 School program was developed in the spring of 2000 after local newspapers acknowledged the need for school supplies for local school-aged children. This need for basic school supplies is linked directly with lower self-esteem in students and contributes to diminished school performance for children and youth in our communities.
The Tools 4 School program collects the much needed supplies for school-aged children in the Ottawa Community through donations, community wide supply drives, strong partnerships and corporate challenges.
Every year, the Tools 4 School program distributes school supplies to children and youth in need at the start of the school year (September 2015). We currently serve elementary, middle and high-school students. We believe that no student’s academic success should be impeded by financial status.
What does the Tools 4 School program do?
NROCRC’s Tools for School program distributed nearly 300 backpacks in 2014. Every backpack costs over $25. This price includes discounted rates negotiated with businesses around our communities.
In light of the recent change to the Ontario education system with full-day Kindergarten, the Ottawa community anticipates that there will be an even greater demand for school supplies this year due to the current economic situation.
The Tools 4 School program is currently an underfunded yet much needed program for local families. NROCRC’s Tools 4 School program coordinates the collection and distribution of backpacks. These backpacks are filled with all the board-requested school supplies and they help Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode families ensure that their children are starting the school year on an equal ground with their peers.
Some students experience stress related to the start of a new school year. The lack of proper school supplies should not be an additional burden to children and families. For students, this program helps eliminate the potential stigma from peers regarding family income.
How can organizations help?
Organizations can help Tools 4 School by posting a flyer and encouraging their members to donate at convenient locations. Organizations can donate backpacks, funds or high-demand supplies to NROCRC or we can arrange to pick up the supplies.
NROCRC depends on the support of a number of varying organizations. Our centre works in partnership with the City of Ottawa, the South Nepean Community Health Centre, Jewish Family Services, Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, St. Paul University, Carleton University, Algonquin College, numerous high schools throughout the area, Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, just to name a few.
Tools 4 School Program Coordinator
Nepean, Rideau & Osgoode Community Resource Centre
613-596-5626 ext. 303