Community Service

Kiwanis Christmas Food Hampers

You can help feed a family of 4 for a week, for only $75. 

Each year the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa begins with a Watch-it Shred-it day to raise funds, and the target is to provide food to 180 families in the Ottawa area. You can help with an online donation and get a tax receipt for your donation.

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100% of the funds will go to our Christmas Food Basket program.  All donations must be received by December 15th to provide time for us to arrange the baskets. 

The project is made possible with the help of: Algoma Orchards,, Costco Canada, Dole Food Canada, Erb Group of Companies, Hendry Warren LLP, Omega Advanced Technologies Inc., Ottawa Carleton District School Board, Ottawa-Carleton Mortgage Inc., Shred-it, The Boys Give Back, The Ray Otten Group, and The Loaves and Fishes Fund.

Push For A Change Comes to Ottawa

Kiwanis supports PUSH FOR CHANGE  

Joe Roberts, a former homeless youth, formed The Push for Change initiative to raise awareness to END youth homelessness. On May 1, 2016, Joe Roberts started his journey to push a shopping cart from St-Johns, NFL to Vancouver, BC, and will be stopping at over 300 secondary schools and participating in over 200 community engagements to share his very powerful story. 

You can donate to The Push for Change through the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa.

In support of Joe’s undertaking The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa has organized two Push for Change community events on September 27, 2016 while Joe Roberts is in Ottawa as part of his national 9,000 km trek.  The objective is to gather as many students and young members of the community to hear Joe Roberts speak in order to raise awareness to end youth homelessness.


September 26th

  • Join Joe as he walks from Orleans to Parliament Hill – you can join on Rideau Street at 12:00 noon along with the Kiwanis Club of Orleans and Ottawa, Ottawa Intercity Ministries and Circle K groups who will join Joe for the last push to the hill.

September 27th:

  • Attend the rally organized by Kiwanis Club of Ottawa and Kiwanis Circle K at the Student Commons Area in the E Building at Algonquin College located at 1385 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa, ON,  from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.
  • Attend the City Hall Community BBQ and Presentation – Arranged by the Alliance to End Homelessness/Youth Services Bureau – 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.


  • Visit the Push for Change and make a donation, take the bare foot challenge, plan an event. 

Note:  Kiwanis Club of Ottawa in partnership with the Catholic Public School Board has also organized a presentation by Joe Roberts for students at Immaculata High School. Students from other schools will be bussed to Immaculata for this event.  This event is not open to the public, however if you have children or know children that have been given the opportunity to participate in this event, please encourage them to do so.

Push For Change on Parliament Hill

After sleeping out with sKreamers and a walk in from Orleans with the Kiwanis Club of Orleans, The Push for Change with Joe Roberts and Marie MacDonald were on Parliament Hill as they push a shopping cart across Canada to draw attention to the problem of youth homelessness.

2016 Kiwanis Music Festival

The 2016 version of the Kiwanis Music Festival is the 71st version, and will take place between April 4 to April 30 in locations around Ottawa, with the Highlights concert on May 20th at 19:00. Tickets can be purchased here.

Altogether, about 10,000 competitors will participate in the KIwanis Music Festival - National Capital Region, performing to audiences that will total over 15,000 people. This is only possible due to the efforts of over 400 volunteers, both Kiwanian and non-Kiwanian, who work for the KMF-NCR, giving over 9,000 hours of their time each year.

Lots of photos from past events available here.

Heart of the City Piano Program Recital

The Heart of the City Piano Program is having a recital on Friday April 8 at 9:30am – 12:00 p.m.  at Ottawa U campus, Tabaret Building, Huguette Labelle Hall (550 Cumberland St, Ottawa, Room 112).

Valeria Dimitrova, Curtis Quan & Meghan Hum, Co-Directors of the University of Ottawa Heart of the City Piano Program,  invite you to join in the celebration of over 70 children’s accomplishments!  Pizza and refreshments will be served.  

Our Circle K students are part of the volunteers who teach the children to play piano. Call Howard Lithwick at 613-726-2675 x 222 if you have any questions.

Kiwanis Christmas Food Hampers

With funding from our Watch-it, Shred-it Day, the Club prepared and delivered over 600 food hampers to over 185 families.

The project is made possible with the help of: Algoma Orchards,, Costco Canada, Dole Food Canada, Erb Group of Companies, Hendry Warren LLP, Omega Advanced Technologies Inc., Ottawa Carleton District School Board, Ottawa-Carleton Mortgage Inc., Shred-it, The Boys Give Back, The Ray Otten Group.

The Club is still accepting donations on line to help next year with more hampers.

Kiwanis Luncheon - Allen Ure - Kiwanis EC&C District Governor

This was the official visit of Kiwanis EC&C District Governor Allen Ure as we were joined by Kiwanians from the area.

Joe Roberts of Push for a Change who will be pushing a shopping cart across Canada next summer to draw attention to the issue of youth homelessness. His topic tied in with our recent partnership with the Youth Service Bureau.