Ottawa: March of Dimes -- People with Physical Disabilities

January is March of Dimes month, and the organization’s largest fundraising campaign is underway. For the 61st straight year, Ontarians will brave the winter weather canvassing door-to-door to raise funds for March of Dimes’ essential programs and services, helping to increase the independence and community participation of people with physical disabilities.

The organization is counting on local community support. Many volunteers from Ottawa have been volunteering for the Door-to-Door Campaign for a number of years. Monies collected through the Door-to-Door Campaign will help the thousands of Ontarians with physical disabilities, many of whom have been waiting months or even years for the programs and services they need. Just some of the programs the Door-to-Door Campaign supports include its Assistive Devices Program, a unique rehabilitation program, Conductive Education, social opportunities for people with disabilities and much more.  Every bit of support helps.

In the last year alone, March of Dimes’ Assistive Devices Program (ADP), which is one of the charity’s many programs supported 100% by donor dollars, was able to provide devices with a value of close to $20,000 for Ottawa residents with disabilities. ADP provides assistance to people with disabilities towards the purchase and maintenance of equipment such as manual and motorized wheelchairs, bath aids, seating inserts and wheelchair cushions, canes, crutches and walkers and more.

“Our goal is to raise over $87,000 in Ottawa says Mary Lynne Stewart, Director of Fund Development and Communications for March of Dimes Canada. “With such a supportive community, I know that everyone will do what they can so we can exceed our goal.”

This year, the organization has recruited over 8,000 volunteers to help fundraise. March of Dimes also has an on-line component that will allow canvassers to electronically “walk their block” in support of the Campaign. Interested volunteers can register at www.mymod.ca/doortodoor .

Monies collected through the Door-to-Door Campaign will help the thousands of Ontarians with physical disabilities, many of whom have been waiting months or even years for the programs and services they need. March of Dimes Canada is the largest charitable rehabilitation organization in Ontario, providing a wide variety of programs and services to almost 40,000 people annually in communities across the province. For those interested in volunteering or donating to this year’s campaign, please contact 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7705 or visit the website at
www.mymod.ca/doortodoor


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