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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OrKidstra is a very beneficial place for my kids to be after school…

“I think OrKidstra is helping my kids to be better at school – to concentrate more and to understand that when you have goals, you have to work hard to achieve them,” says Vanier Hub parent Marie.

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OrKidstra is a very beneficial place for my kids to be after school…

Marie and her three kids joined the OrKidstra family in the fall of 2016 and attend the Vanier Hub. Marie is originally from Haiti and the family of four speak French, English and Creole together at home – now they also share the joy of the universal language of music!

“I registered my daughter Micheala [8] and my son Jaden [9] – I thought OrKidstra would only work for them – but when I came to OrKidstra’s Vanier Hub, I talked to Madame Tina and she invited my son Alexandre-Medgi [13] to join the singing group! Alex has cerebral palsy so his physicality is very difficult for him, but he has a very bright mind. Alex was enjoying the singing and was very happy so he said yes! I also sing with KidSingers now to help support Alex and so OrKidstra is now a wonderful activity for the whole family.”

“I really like that all my kids can be involved in music – to play and to sing – and to have instruction from teachers who are at a high level,” says Marie. “Micheala, Jaden and Alex are all in KidSingers and Micheala and Jaden are both learning trumpet in the band. My goal as a mom is to give them a chance – to play, to learn, to understand and to create something beautiful. Alex is a really good singer – he loves to sing! He always told me he wanted to sing, to be maybe a recording artist someday; KidSingers with Ms. Roxanne is a wonderful opportunity for him to learn how to sing properly – who knows where it will take him in the future! I know that he won’t let his physical challenges stop him.”

Marie says “OrKidstra is a very beneficial place for my kids to be after school – otherwise they just might be watching TV or something, you know? I think OrKidstra is helping my kids to be better at school – to concentrate more and to understand that when you have goals, you have to work hard to achieve them. When you have something that you really enjoy – like music – it helps you to focus and to work hard.”

The thing that Micheala (8) and Alex (13) like best about OrKidstra is the music and Jaden (9) likes making friends. Siblings don’t always agree on everything, but Jaden and Micheala both agree that they like playing their trumpets because they get to have fun working as group (playing with KidPlayers in the Vanier Hub Junior Band) and that playing an instrument is helping them focus. Eight-year-old Micheala says, “I want to be lots of stuff when I grow up – a doctor, a role model, a musician… I think OrKidstra helps me learn to study better.”

Marie is grateful that the OrKidstra Vanier Hub exists. “If OrKidstra didn’t exist, it would affect my family a lot,” she says. “For now, I can’t really afford music classes for all three of my children. It would be really sad and difficult if OrKidstra closed: it’s something they enjoy, but they are also learning music and important life skills here.”

“We’re looking forward to being a part of OrKidstra next year and each year after! I really want my kids to do the whole OrKidstra program and stay with it until they are 18 so they have the opportunity to learn more. I’d like to say thank you to Madame Tina, the teachers and all the donors for giving all my kids a chance – especially Alex. We always feel welcome at OrKidstra – no judgement – just the opportunity for the kids to participate and to learn, to feel great about themselves and to build self-esteem.”

Jaden, Michaela and Alex say “Merci pour le support!” to everyone who helps to support OrKidstra.

Marie, Vanier Hub parent (2016 – 2018)

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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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