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 made me the person I am today…

OrKidstra graduate Gareth was born in a Karen refugee camp on the border of Burma and Thailand. “A few months after arriving in Canada, I joined OrKidstra: it turned out to be the utmost life changing experience for me,” says Gareth.

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OrKidstra made me the person I am today…

Gareth was born in a Karen refugee camp on the border of Burma and Thailand. “A few months after arriving in Canada, I joined OrKidstra: it turned out to be the utmost life changing experience for me,” says Gareth.

Gareth was born in a Karen refugee camp on the border of Burma and Thailand. In his own words…

“I was fortunate enough to be born in a refugee camp (on the border of Burma and Thailand) where my family had relocated because our village was always under attack. My family lived in the refugee camp for about 10-14 years before we moved to Ottawa. A couple months after arriving in Canada, when I was still just learning English, I joined the OrKidstra program: it turned out to be the utmost life changing experience for me.

I love everything about the OrKidstra program: it’s a loving place to be and a place you want to call home. Being a part of OrKidstra has taught me numerous meaningful things about both music and life. OrKidstra has taught me to be a better person, to accomplish what I set out to do, to practice with care, and lastly, to do what I do with love. Every time I pick up the cello, it seems like I can accomplish anything. OrKidstra made me the person I am today.

Today, I am a proud OrKidstra graduate and pursuing my passion for travel by taking Travel Management and Tourism in college. My time at OrKidstra has made this little boy, born in a refugee camp, feel nothing in life is impossible. Thank you so much to the donors and sponsors for making a difference in my life, for giving me this opportunity to fly.”

– Gareth, OrKidstra Graduate (2007 – 2016)

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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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