Donations

Our Optimist year runs from October 1st to September 30th each year. We focus our donations to serve youth in need in our local, municipal and world communities with an emphasis on enhancing health, education, safety and recreation. Please contact the club president at president@oakridgeoptimists.ca to see if your charity may be eligible to benefit from our assistance.

Total Donations since 2010 - $377,669.00

2020-2021 Total Donation and Program Expenses $23,000.05


Health Education

Children's Optimist Foundation London District Science Fair

Ronald McDonald House Housing HOBY Leadership Program

Child Can Stem2Stern Boat Building Program

Holiday Family Food Drive London Children's Museum

Thames Valley District School Board Foundation


Safety Programs

Youth Opportunities Unlimited Ronald McDonald House Meals

Upper Thames River Conservation Authority Oratorical Program

Community BBQ Events

Optimist New Club Building


2019-2020 Total Donation and Program Expenses $24,559.00 (COVID-19)

Health

Victoria PS Nutrition Program
Children's Optimist Foundation
London Food Bank

St. Joseph's Hospital
Islamic Relief
Ronald McDonald House
Child Can

Mission Services London

Breast Cancer Society Canada

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Canadian Cancer Society
Easter Seals
Diabetes Canada
Forrats Feeds Families Program

Children's Health Foundation

War Amps CHAMP Program

Recreation

London Blizzard Sledge Hockey

Northwest Resource Centre

Joe League Basketball Program

Scouts Canada

Lord Elgin Public School Playground

Boys' and Girls' Club London


Education


London District Science Fair

HOBY Leadership Program

El Sistema South London

King's College Foundation

Voices of Today*

London Youth Theatre Education*


Safety


Salt Haven Animal Protection*

Jane Goodall Institution*

Upper Thames River Conservation Authority


Programs


Youth Volunteer Recognition

Ronald McDonald House Meals

Oratorical Program

Community BBQ Events


2018-2019 Total Donation $30,358.00

Health


Victoria PS Nutrition Program

Children's Optimist Foundation

Malala Fund

London Food Bank

Wellspring

Ronald McDonald House Meals

Ronald McDonald House Rooms

CNIB

Birthright London

Islamic Relief

St.Vincent de Paul Society

Youth Opportunities Unlimited

Out of the Cold Meal Program

Ark Aid Street Mission


Recreation


2nd London Scouts

Westminster Park Optimists

London Blizzard Sledge Hockey

Oakridge Optimist Baseball Assocation

Optimist Junior Golf

Boys' and Girls' Club London

Oakridge Area Park Memorial Bench

Aeros Hockey

Northwest Resource Centre

Joe League Basketball Program


Safety


Upper Thames River Conservation Authority

Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation

Animal Rescue Foundation

London Humane Society



Education


London District Science Fair

Oakridge Secondary School

London Children's Museum

HOBY Leadership Program

Youth Volunteer Recognition Program

Westminster Park Optimist Program

St. Mary's Catholic School STEM

Minstrel Foundation


2017-2018 Total Donation $37,712.00

Health


Victoria PS Nutrition Program

Children's Optimist Foundation

Malala Fund

London Food Bank

Wellspring

Ronald McDonald House Meals

Ronald McDonald House Rooms

CNIB

Birthright London

Islamic Relief

St.Vincent de Paul Society

Youth Opportunities Unlimited

Out of the Cold Meal Program

Ark Aid Street Mission


Recreation


2nd London Scouts

Westminster Park Optimists

London Blizzard Sledge Hockey

Oakridge Optimist Baseball Association

Optimist Junior Golf

Boys' and Girls' Club London

Oakridge Area Park Memorial Bench

Aeros Hockey

Northwest Resource Centre

Joe League Basketball Program


Safety


Upper Thames River Conservation Authority

Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation

Animal Rescue Foundation

London Humane Society



Education


London District Science Fair

Oakridge Secondary School

London Children's Museum

HOBY Leadership Program

Youth Volunteer Recognition Program

Westminster Park Optimist Program

St. Mary's Catholic School STEM

Minstrel Foundation


2016-2017 Total Donation $63,553.00

Education


School Supplies for Columbia

London District Science Fair

Oakridge Secondary School

London Children's Museum

HOBY Leadership Program

Youth Volunteer Recognition Program


Recreation


2nd London Scouts

Westminster Park Optimists

London Blizzard Sledge Hockey

Oakridge Optimist Baseball Assocation

Optimist Junior Golf

60th Anniversary Capital Project

Park improvements at

Oakridge Optimist Community Park

Wesdale Park

Hazelden Park


Health


Dearness Home

Children's Optimist Foundation

Easter Seals

London Food Bank

Wellspring

Ronald McDonald House Meals

Ronald McDonald House Rooms


Safety


Upper Thames River Conservation Authority

London Police PEACE Program

Women's Community House

2015-2016 Total Donation $32,599.00

Education


Thames Valley Science Fair

Oakridge Secondary School Student Bursary

Growing Chefs

Children's Optimist Foundation

Books and Supplies for Nicaragua

London Police PEACE Program

London Children's Museum

YVRP - Children's Hospital Arts & Music Therapy

YVRP - Kiwanis Music Festival

YVRP - St. Vincent de Paul Youth Conference


Recreation


London Blizzard Sledge Hockey

Clarke Road Secondary School Football Team

Optimist Junior Golf

London Sports Council

Oakridge Optimist Baseball Association

YVRP - 68th Scout Group London

YVRP - 80th Scout Group London

YVRP - Jump Start


Health


Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Days for Girls

Juvenile Diabetes Research

Camp Trillium

Cancer - Relay for Life

Ronald McDonald House - Accommodations

Ronald McDonald House - Meals

YVRP - Make a Wish Foundation

YVRP - St. Vincent de Paul

YVRP - Compassion Canada

YVRP - Free the Children

YVRP - Reach for the Rainbow

YVRP - London Food Bank

YVRP - United Way

YVRP - Children's Hospital

YVRP - Ronald McDonald House

YVRP - Canadian Juvenile Diabetes Foundation

YVRP - Canadian Diabetes Foundation

  • YVRP represents a donation made to this charity on behalf of each of the 17 young people recognized for their volunteer work in the community.



Safety


Racing Against Drugs

Upper Thames River Conservation Authority - River Safety Program

Upper Thames River Conservation Authority - Water Festival

Living the Pledge

YVRP - Salt haven Wild Life Centre


2014-2015 Total Donation $29,190.00.

Education


Oakridge Secondary School Bursary

London Children's Museum

London District Science Fair

Eagle Heights Public School

London Police VIP Program

London Police PEACE Program

Junior Achievement

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School


Recreation


2nd London Scouts

Boy's & Girl's Club of London

Clarke Road Secondary School Football Team

London Blizzard Sledge Hockey

Oakridge Aeros Hockey Association

Optimist Junior Golf


Health


Free the Children

Hutton House

London Food Bank

Lamb ton College Nursing - Haiti Children's Health

Canadian Childhood Cancer Campaign

Ronald McDonald House Southwestern Ontario

Women's Community House

Wellspring


Safety

Upper Thames River Conservation Authority - River Safety Program

2013-2014 Total Donation $34,176.00

Health


Brain Tumour Foundation

Global Medic (Philippines Relief)

London Food Bank

Byron Legion - Junior Diabetes

Freem Youth Services

Ronald McDonald House

Heart and Stroke

Womens' Community House

Canadian Childrens' Optimist Fund

Wellspring


Education


Free the Children

Oakridge Secondary School Bursary

London Science Fair

Racing Against Drugs

London Childrens' Museum

St. Paul's School

London Police PEACE Program

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School Bursary


Recreation


2nd London Boy Scouts

Clarke Road Secondary School Football Team

Camp Woodeden

Girl Guides

Blizzard Sledge Hockey Program

Optimist Junior Golf

Oakridge Optimist Baseball Association


Safety


Upper Thames River Conservation Authority - River Safety

Thames Valley District School Board Anti Bullying Program

Southwest London Optimists

North London Optimists


2012-2013 Total Donation $35,477.00

Health


Muscular Dystrophy Foundation

Child Can

Easter Seals Camp Woodeden

Eagle Heights Public School Breakfast Program

Wilfred Jury Public School Breakfast Program

Canadian Childhood Cancer Campaign

Child Reach

London Food Bank

London Police PEACE Program


Education


Oakridge Secondary School Bursary

Children's Museum

London District Science Fair

Five-P-Minus Program


Recreation


2nd London Scouts

Clarke Road Secondary School Football Team

London Blizzard Sledge Hockey Program

Optimist Junior Golf



Safety


Boys and Girls Club of London

Upper Thames River Conservation Authority

Women's Community House


2011-2012 Total Donation $27,494.00

Health


Sari Riding School

Mungano Foundation

Diabetes Hope Foundation

Muscular Dystrophy Foundation

Pack the Park for Jessee's Journey

Southdale Chaplaincy

Sunshine Foundation

Child Can


Recreation


Bowlathon

2nd London Scouts

Shawn Thompkins Golf Tournament

Clarke Road Secondary School Football Team

London Blizzard Sledge Hockey Program

Optimist Junior Golf

Special Olympics London


Safety


Boys and Girls Club of London

Upper Thames River Conservation Authority


Education


Oakridge Secondary School Bursary

YMCA Safety Village

London District Science Fair

Five-P-Minus Program

St. John's Church Read Program

Children's Museum

Investing in Children

St. Thomas Aquinas Bursary


2010-2011 Total donation $39,551.00

Health


Brain Tumor Foundation

Canadian Red Cross

Individual in Need

Individual in Need

Individual in Need

Jessee's Journey (Pack the Park)

London Crisis Pregnancy Centre (1)

Mungano Foundation

Sea-Peru

Thames Valley Childrens' Centre

United Way

Womens' Community House (1)

Walkerton Optimist Club


Education


Equador School Supplies

Five P Minus

London District Science Fair

London Police PEACE Program

London Regional Children's Museum

Oakridge Secondary Bursary

Optimist International Foundation

St. Thomas Aquinas Bursary


Recreation


2nd London Scouts

Clarke Road Secondary School

Easter Seals Woodeden Camp

Free to Play

Individual in Need

London Blizzard Sledge Hockey

London Boys' and Girls' Club

Make A Wish Foundation

Oakridge Optimist Baseball

Oakridge Optimist Soccer

Optimist Junior Golf

Special Olympics London


Safety


London Children's Connection

Merrymount Children's Centre

Upper Thames River Conservation Authority