Supporting the Ottawa-Gatineau Community
At Hunt Club Volkswagen we are extremely grateful for the wonderful customers, friends and family we have established in the Ottawa-Gatineau community.
In Our Community…
Our contributions are a way of giving back to the people of the Ottawa-Gatineau community. Through donations and participation in local events we endeavour to help provide support and raise awareness for our community. Without the great people of the Ottawa-Gatineau community, we would not be who we are.
Do you have an organization, charitable cause or event that you need support for? If so, Contact us and let us know how we might help.
Please take a minute to browse some of the initiatives that we support below.
Paddling to the top… Lissa Bissonnette
We are the proud sponsors of Lissa Bissonnette. Lissa is an accomplished Canadian Sprint Kayaker with a list of accolades (see below) that include a Gold medal in the 2016 National Championships for Women Open K4 200m!
Lissa started paddling at the age of ten at the Deux-Rives Canoe Club. She later joined the Sherbrooke Canoe Club and started training seriously She was inspired by Canadian paddling icon Caroline Brunet to pursue her dream of becoming a National Team kayaker. She moved to Pointe-Claire to train and says watching canoer Tom Hall train to win an Olympic bronze medal in 2008 had a big impact on her.
Lissa has competed on several World Cup tours and placed eighth in K4 at the 2013 U23 World Championships. She now lives in Gatineau, QC and is studying to become a high school math teacher while pursuing her paddling career.
Ethan Tucker is a wonderful 13 year-old boy, from Brockville. His grandparents are neighbours of our General Manager, Allyson Bell. Ethan has been in the ICU at CHEO since January 23rd, fighting for his life. Ethan has a brain tumor. He has undergone two extremely long and dangerous surgeries and still has to go through chemo for a year, followed by continuous rehab.
Ethan is not alone in his battle. He is fortunate to come from a loving family with other siblings, one of whom is only a year old. Throughout his journey Ethan has family at his side. With his Mom staying by his side every day, staying at Rogers House. During the week, Ethan’s Dad stays home with his other siblings, then they all pack up and head to Ottawa to be together with Ethan on the weekends.
Help us make a difference for Ethan and his family – Come by our Bake Sale on April 10th. Every dollar raised will be matched by Hunt Club Volkswagen. Our goal is $1,000. Can’t make the Bake Sale? No problem. You can make a cash or credit card donation while at our dealership and we will pass it on to the family. Alternatively, you can also email us for more information on how to donate online.
The Ottawa Food Bank has been helping people in our community get beyond hunger since 1984. Not only does The Ottawa Food Bank help collect and distribute donations of food from the general public to those in need but they also work with corporate sponsors and local farmers to purchase, produce and distribute fresh foods through their program. The Ottawa Food Bank also received a donation of a plot of land at the Black Family Farm where they also grow, harvest and distribute their own fresh produce. Learn more about The Ottawa Food Bank – click here.
Shepherds of Good Hope is the largest not-for profit organisation dedicated to the needs of the homeless and impoverished in The city of Ottawa. Founded 30 years ago, today over 1600 people come through their doors each day. At Hunt Club Volkswagen we have undertaken and initiative to knit sarves, toques and mitts for those in need; to help make sure that those most vulnerable in our city, have proper clothing throughout the year. Our customers contribute by knitting in our customer waiting area on a daily basis. Learn more aobut Shepherds of Good Hope – click here.
NobrainR’ Racing is a powerhouse, raising awareness for mental illness. Hunt Club Volkswagen customer, Kirk Jones captains the iitiative. The NobrainR’ Racing team took part in Targa Newfoundland 2017, racing the rally to raise awareness for mental illness across the nation. For more information on NobrainR’ Racing visit their Facebook page.
DammNation BMX Racing and its team is a community based BMX racing initiative committed to achieving a family and team atmosphere, advice, training, coaching and the experience to help their team members succeed. Team members vary in age and skill level. Hunt Club Volkswagen is a proud sponsor of their endeavours and getting youth active. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
The Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre is a prestigious foundation that provides youth and their families with addiction and mental health treatment through integration of eveidence-based practices. The Glass House Gala 2017 is an opportunity for community members to donate funds to build a new Youth Treatment Centre in Carp, Ontario. Visit the Dave Smith Foundation website or the Glass House Gala website for more information.
Searching for Sero is a mental wellness project created by professional photographer John Rathwell and writer, Tracy Guenard. Sero being short for Serotonin – the chemical believed to contribute to the feeling of happiness. The photo project will share the stories of people who are passionate about outdoor adventure as a key element to their happiness, well-being and balance. John and Tracy call them Sero Stories. Follow their adventure, read the stories and live the experiences of the Sero Team by clicking here.
The outdoors, adventure…they’ve long been a staple in the VW community. We take great pride in supporting those initiatives that exemplify active living and adventure. We are extremeley proud to be sponsors of some of Canada’s National Kayak Team – Kalob Grady, Zachary Zwanenburg, Quinton Kennedy and Kalem Kennedy. These four athletes travel the world to train year round and have received international attention in their sport.
Read For The Cure began in 2006 when two members of a book club who had just finished cancer treatment had a great idea. Acknowledging the important role of reading in their lives, and the wonderful support they had received from their fellow members during their treatment. They saw an opportunity to harness the energy of enthusiastic book clubs and readers to raise funds for cancer research. A vision was developed to bring readers and writers together annually fo a wonderful evening, while raising funds for cancer research. Learn more about Read For The Cure – here.
The Ottawa Youth Services Board understands that many of the concerns facing youth today need to be dealt with in the family, the peer group, the cultural group and the community. Working closely with various community partners YSB helps to deliver integrated programs and services in 20 sites across Canada. Shelter, 24 hours crisis help, addictions counselling, Health and dental clinics, Job find programs…the list of initatives that YSB helps to make possible for the Youth of Ottawa is truly invaluable. Learn more about The Youth Service Board – by clicking here.
The Women’s Business Network is a community of inspiring Ottawa businesswomen connecting to build relationships, develop their brands, and grow their careers. Founded in 1981, a group of businesswomen created the Women’s Business Network as a network for women entrepreneurs. Thirty years later and business minded women continue to connect, share and inspire one another at their monthly events. Annually we sponsor various WBN events. Learn more aobut The Women’s Business Network – by clicking here.
Do It For Daron (DIFD) encourages young people to talk openly about mental illness and to ask for help when needed. DIFD provides young people, their parents, teachers, coaches and other adult role models with the resources, outlets and most importantly, courage to overcome the shame and fear of discussing mental illness. The purple DIFD heart, a creation inspired by Daron’s favourite colour, has become the youth-driven symbol of this movement. Learn more about Do It For Daron and their initiatives by – clicking here.
Every holiday season throughout the world their are children who do not receive a warm, proper holiday meal or even a gift to celebrate the season. Toy Mountain has been a staple in communities for helping to raise donations, largely through donated toys, to then redistribute to children in need throughout various communities. We have held our own initiatives like our annual Bake Sale, where all of the proceeds go directly to Toy Mountain. You can learn more about Toy Mountain by – clicking here.
The Caring and Sharing Exchange Program was developed in 1915 under the Ottawa Welfare Bureau. The Christmas Exchange assistance program provides those in need with food hampers or much-needed redeemable gift certificates during the holiday season. The gift certificates can be used at any Ottawa Giant Tiger location and are intended to provide recipients with a sense of hope and dignity during what can be a difficult time of year for many. Our staff comes together to fill food hampers for sponsor families and it is a very rewarding experience. Learn more about The Caring and Sharing Exchange by – clicking here.
With the support and energy of The Ottawa Police Association, Special Hockey Hereos offers male and females age 6 and up with physical or intellectual developmental disabilities the ability to dream and fulfill their dreams of playing hockey. Not only does the program bring happiness and valuable life skills to the athletes but it also has a profounding effect on the family members of the team. For some, the opportunity to see their child smile or fall and get back up is truly unforgettable. Learn more about Special Hockey Heroes by – clicking here.