Donation optionsThere are many ways to make a contribution

Your contribution will make a valuable impact on Ottawa’s youth.

You can give kids from under-served Ottawa communities the opportunity to learn vital life lessons such as responsibility, teamwork, respect, and compassion through making music together.

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Donate Money

Your gift will help a child from an under-served Ottawa area reach for success through music! 

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Give Instruments

Donations of musical instruments enable OrKidstra to give at-risk youth the wonderful gift of music! 

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Legacy Gifts

You can make a sustained impact on future generations by making a Legacy Gift to OrKidstra.

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Donate a Car

Donate a Car Canada accepts vehicle donations which benefit OrKidstra. 

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Host a Party/Event

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SponsorsBe recognized for building community

Be recognized for making a positive impact on the community! You can empower kids and build community and reach your community involvement goals by aligning yourself with OrKidstra. We celebrate both local and national businesses that have stepped up, on behalf of OrKidstra, to share their corporate social responsibility.

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Invest for Good

When you know that 100% of OrKidstra graduates finish high school and go on to post-secondary education, you truly know that your support is making a difference.

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Become A Sponsor

When you partner with OrKidstra, you empower local youth from under-served communities to reach for success through the proven benefits of music education.

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I hope to pursue medicine in the future and OrKidstra has definitely helped me reach the potential needed for my goal…

In the fall of 2015, my family moved from Colombia to Ottawa. Our life in Canada faced difficulties in the immigration process as refugee claimants, the process of integration into…

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I hope to pursue medicine in the future and OrKidstra has definitely helped me reach the potential needed for my goal…

In the fall of 2015, my family moved from Colombia to Ottawa. Our life in Canada faced difficulties in the immigration process as refugee claimants, the process of integration into Canadian culture, and the linguistic barriers of immigrants. OrKidstra welcomed my brother Mateo and I with open doors and caring feeling as it does for every single person that seeks the love for music.

The OrKidstra program is based on the building of community and that is one of the most important facets of the program for me. We live in a world where we face globalization and rapid urbanization, these sometimes lead to the sympathetic division of people within. Whenever we are faced with overwhelming different kinds of people whether personally or through the media, our empathy becomes selective and we stray from the definition of humanity. OrKidstra helps enforce the multiculturalism and proficiency of an unified world by giving the gift of music free of charge. OrKidstra serves as the social basis for children to learn not only music but to realize that they belong to a community and to a program that is bigger than themselves and extends to impact more children to come. This sense of community is rare and that is what makes me a proud member of this organization.

OrKidstra has impacted and shaped the character I possess today. Learning a new instrument, the double bass, as a teenager is an unorthodox decision, but it has shaped how I see learning and has made me mature as it takes patience and discipline. Being one of the few bass players at OrKidstra has also pressured me to develop and attempt to play at the highest level of music. Music is a part of who I am and allows me to appreciate more genres of music as OrKidstra, and my teachers, introduce me to new possibilities. Appreciation, gratefulness, and humility are probably the things that I can confidently say that OrKidstra installs in its graduates. What I love about playing music is the human connection, being able to make something sound beautiful with another is a gift and allows not only for the amusement but for the enrichment of the soul as it takes a lot of feeling to play music and do it justice. As well, the never-ending aspect of learning an instrument is something that allows for the thrill of learning to motivate a learning brain.

Both my brother Mateo and I are excelling as students and aim to be useful to society both inside and outside of school by doing volunteering and working. We speak Spanish as our first language, however we have worked hard to become fluent in both English and French in Canada. For the integration into Canadian culture my brother and I are prime examples of excelling citizens and dedicated people in the things we do. OrKidstra has been a pillar of support for our family, the OrKidstra family and has taken care of us during our hardships with language, culture, and health. Thanks to the support of community organizations like OrKidstra, we are in the process of waiting for our citizenship oath celebration. The result of the OrKidstra program is not hard to see, it is a radical change in the community and builds amazing citizens for new generations of Canadians.

Being able to learn a new instrument has been amazing and I am so grateful for this opportunity. OrKidstra has also been a place where I have made important friendships and I could not imagine my life without all of it, all of OrKidstra. I hope to pursue medicine in the future and OrKidstra has definitely helped me reach the potential needed for my goal. The discipline, motivation, and patience OrKidstra has taught me are the values that I hold dearest and the stress-reliever that is music will accompany me for the rest of my life. OrKidstra will always live in my memories as a place of growth and hope.

OrKidstra has been a pillar of support for our family. OrKidstra has taken care of us during our hardships with language, culture, and health and I also hope to contribute and help to the growth of the organization in years to come. – Javier, OrKidstra graduate and Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa

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DonorsOur donors are our family

We are extremely grateful to all our OrKidstra supporters and donors for playing their part. Our donors make it possible for kids from under-served Ottawa communities to learn and make music together helping them gain crucial life skills like responsibility, teamwork, respect and compassion. We couldn’t do this without you!

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Foundation & Public Funders

Foundation & Public Donors are an important part of the OrKidstra family.

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Individual Donors

We’re so grateful to OrKidstra’s amazing individual donors for helping kids reach for success through music! 

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Legacy Donors

Visionary Legacy Donors create a brighter future for the children of our community. 

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Instrument Donors

Thank you for giving youth from under-served Ottawa areas the tools they need to learn important life skills.

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VolunteerMake a difference in the life of a child

By volunteering your time and talents, you can help OrKidstra students find their voice through music. OrKidstra volunteers play a vital role in building a strong community by helping students develop their citizenship and musicianship at OrKidstra’s free programs.

Volunteers help with all aspects of OrKidstra including programming, events and governance. By volunteering your time, you are making a real difference in the life of a child!

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Our OrKidstra Volunteers

We have many wonderful volunteers who donate their time and talents to help make OrKidstra possible!

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Become a Volunteer

OrKidstra has a number of different opportunities for volunteers and we’d love to hear from you!

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Volunteering provides me confidence in my own values. Giving back creates a strong and non-materialistic bond with other community members.

Salim Charabati

OrKidstra Board Member and new Canadian

Community PartnersStronger together

OrKidstra works with its valued network of community partners to build a stronger community for all. Community partners play an essential role in addressing the needs of children and youth in under-served areas of Ottawa: OrKidstra is very grateful to all its partners in the community for helping to empower kids through music.

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Our Partners

OrKidstra works collaboratively with many different Ottawa-based, community-minded organizations. Learn more about the wonderful organizations that partner with OrKidstra.

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Become A Partner

Do you believe in building strong community? Are you excited about empowering kids through the transformative power of music? Your organization might be a good fit to collaborate with OrKidstra!

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