120 Community Action Day Volunteers Give the Gift of Community Pride

Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) is very pleased to welcome 120 Community Action Day volunteers to its’ east end communities, Donald Court and Russell Gardens. The volunteers and OCH tenants will kick into action on Thursday, December 5, by painting the hallways throughout these two buildings.

Community Action Days are coordinated by United Way Ottawa and Volunteer Ottawa, connecting workplace teams of volunteers with community organizations in a collaborative volunteer project. The organizations taking part in the 2013 OCH project include teams from: Bank of Canada, Chipworks, Ericsson, MD Physician Services, TD Bank and Toromont Caterpillar. Corporate sponsors for this event include Benjamin Moore, who made a cash donation toward the project costs along with discounted paint and supplies, and Tim Hortons, Pizza Pizza and Lorenzo’s Pizza.

“Community Action Day is loaded with benefits for both the volunteers and for the people who call OCH home, said Councillor Marianne Wilkinson, Chair of the OCH Board of Directors.” The volunteers deliver a much appreciated service and get to know OCH, its communities and residents, and the residents get freshly painted hallways and to feel a part of the spirit of giving.”

Media are invited to attend the event. At 9:15 a.m. a welcome ceremony with special guest speakers will take place at 255 Donald Street and at 9:45 a.m. at 2080 Russell Road;image

Councillor Marianne Wilkinson, Chair of the OCH Board of Directors Jo-Anne Poirier, CEO of OCH

A luncheon for volunteers and special guests will be held at Donald Court at 12:00 p.m. and at Russell Gardens at 12:45 p.m.

Ottawa Community Housing Corporation is the largest social housing provider in Ottawa, and the second largest in Ontario. It provides 14,827 units to over 32,000, seniors, parents, children, singles and persons with special needs in 162 communities.

For additional information please contact:

Susan Therien

Manager, Corporate Communications Tel: 613-520-2277

Cell: 613-296-2651

susan_therien@och.ca www.och.ca

Ottawa Community Housing Corporation – 39 Auriga Drive – Ottawa – ON K2E 7Y8

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