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Helpers articles share stories about the people making positive impacts in our community.

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Disability and dance: Ottawa's Propeller continues to celebrate, promote diversity

Disability and dance: Ottawa's Propeller continues to celebrate, promote diversity

Liz Winkelaar has experienced marginalization but refuses to let it define her, continues dancing her way through life
Ottawa charity looking for storage space as it continues to furnish homes for those in need

Ottawa charity looking for storage space as it continues to furnish homes for those in need

Helping with Furniture has seen a 33 per cent increase in demand during COVID-19, and is going to need a hand getting through the winter.
Ottawa blogger launches hiking gear library in hopes of making the outdoors more accessible

Ottawa blogger launches hiking gear library in hopes of making the outdoors more accessible

Meg Kelly credits the COVID-19 pandemic for providing her with the fuel to get the library up and running.  
Trauma survivor paying it forward through Warrior Yoga Network; providing access to yoga, meditation

Trauma survivor paying it forward through Warrior Yoga Network; providing access to yoga, meditation

Ottawa's Warrior Yoga has partnered with various charities, providing weekly yoga classes to those recovering from violence, conflict, abuse, poverty and discrimination
Ottawa woman launches online community connecting motherless daughters

Ottawa woman launches online community connecting motherless daughters

Although loss is the central theme of the Motherlove Project, Janet Gwilliam-Wright wants women to know that the ability to share in this experience isn’t limited to death.
Ottawa grower launches Elderflower, delivering small bouquets to isolated seniors

Ottawa grower launches Elderflower, delivering small bouquets to isolated seniors

Kate Punnett, owner of City Love Flowers, wasn't sure what she was going to do when COVID-19 hit, but soon found a worthy cause that would keep her creative juices flowing while helping others.
Three local women spearhead Community Supported Gratitude, a program exemplifying impact at the local level

Three local women spearhead Community Supported Gratitude, a program exemplifying impact at the local level

Community Supported Gratitude, a spin on community supported agriculture, receives Awesome Ottawa’s $1000 micro-grant for the month of July
Ottawa's GiveShop app helping to turn gently used donations into money for charities

Ottawa's GiveShop app helping to turn gently used donations into money for charities

“We’re hoping this will motivate people for a few different reasons: they’ll know that the money their item elicits will go to the charity of their choosing, they’ll feel good knowing that their item is being repurposed, and they’re also getting a tax receipt,” says creator John Farah.
CommunALLY sharing stories from Ottawa's marginalized communities

CommunALLY sharing stories from Ottawa's marginalized communities

Local youth-led nonprofit Ally Squared is currently exploring avenues for allyship between First Nation, Métis, Inuit, Immigrant and Refugee communities.
PAL Ottawa looking to give senior artists an affordable place to live

PAL Ottawa looking to give senior artists an affordable place to live

A complex is set to be erected in the Preston/Gladstone area, and PAL Ottawa hopes to offer 60 per cent of its units at a reduced rental rate.
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