Old Ottawa South residents are answering the call to support the Old Firehall Community Centre.
OSCA’s SAVE THE FIREHALL campaign — initiated in October to meet a funding shortfall caused by COVID-19 — has shown organizers the community’s generosity and volunteer spirit, said OSCA President Richard Slowikowski.
“We’re meeting old friends, making new ones and seeing support from many different quarters,” he said.
The campaign has raised close to $4000 in its first week, including a number of recurring donations, with a minimum of fanfare.
“The Firehall is so important to our community. I wanted to make a donation to help make sure it's there for neighbours, friends, and family now - and in the future!"
"The value of the Firehall to this community is incalculable. For many years, it was a go-to location for after-care, Santa Claus visits, dances for kids, dances for adults, and so much more."
“Thank you for all that you do.”
Online offers to volunteer with the campaign have doubled the size of OSCA’s volunteer fire brigade, Slowikowski added. “It’s heartening to see.”
Slowikowski said he’s also been encouraged by the comments people have been leaving with their donations.
The outreach OSCA’s done to date has other, equally welcome forms of support.
Videographer Leo Doyle shared his 2010 video of the history of the Number 10 Fire Station and John Graham whose name the building bears.
“It’s a great visual glimpse into the history of the firehall and how it came to be,” he said. “I’d like to think Graham would be pleased to see the community rallying around it.”
The next few weeks will see a major outreach effort among Old Ottawa South residents and businesses.
“I’m excited to see what the campaign will bring,” Richard Slowikowski added.