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Why support the BGCO

Donations are used to enhance facilities and programs for more than 4,500 children and youth who come through our doors every year. Eight locations throughout the city, plus one overnight camp outside of the city, offer youth aged six to 18 years a safe environment.

Here are the reasons why your gift to the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa makes a difference:

  • The BGCO is committed to offering barrier-free access to Ottawa's children and youth. This means that instead of paying a Membership fee to join, youth pay through their character and promise to uphold the values and mission of the Club. Your gift ensures we are able to provide programs and services to youth with no out-of-pocket costs to them or their families.
  • The BGCO offers youth a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life. We're open after school and on weekends, critical times in the day of a youth. Our Clubhouses are staffed with trained workers and volunteers who ensure each Member is safe and gets the support he or she needs.
  • Just 9% of funds raised by the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa goes to cover administration costs. This means most of the monies raised go directly to program delivery. This includes establishing educational programs like Homework Club, offering no-fee competitive sports programs like SSLL, providing leadership programs for promising youth and encouraging artistic endeavours through arts-focused programming.
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