Heartwood supports Social Enterprise
A social enterprise is a revenue-generating business, often operated by a non-profit organization, with the twin goals of providing revenue for the organization while creating positive community change and/or employing people who are typically excluded from the mainstream economy. Heartwood is extremely proud to support the following local social enterprises:
An ASL learning resource and storytelling program designed to support ASL/English language development in families with children who are deaf, hard of hearing or language delayed. ASL RAPP is part of ALSO, a Heartwood member group.
Provides training and employment in the field of bike mechanics to people who are economically disadvantaged, while at the same time diverting bikes destined for scrap and landfill sites. They sell refurbished bikes, bike accessories and parts. Heartwood is a drop-off location for bike donations.
Collects donations of computer equipment and other electronics. Items are inspected for usability, returned to service whenever possible or recycled in an environmentally friendly manner. Heartwood's own social enterprise!
Provides in-home health supports to French speaking people in Vanier and other Francophone areas of the city. Ben'ss is part of CICAN, a Heartwood member group. 613-315-4248.
EAT MORE SOUP!
Provides life changing opportunities for vulnerable adults in our community. Working together, they produce high quality, delicious vegetarian and vegan soup for you to enjoy at home. EAT MORE SOUP! is part of ALSO, a Heartwood member group.
OC TRANSPO LOST & FOUND
Heartwood has managed the OC Transpo Lost & Found since 2001. We offer individuals who experience barriers to employment the opportunity to learn essential job skills while working in a supportive environment.
Community Laundry co-operative (CLC)
Provides affordable laundry facilities to low-income Ottawa residents. CLC operates a commercial wash-and-fold service for linens and clothing. Clients include doctors’ offices, retirement residences, and individuals. CLC is a Heartwood member group.
Offers sewing training and employment support for people in need, especially immigrant women. Contract sewing, public sewing courses and much more. EE is a Heartwood member group.