Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley894 Pembroke Street West
Pembroke, Ontario K8A 5P8
Phone: 613-735-0659
Fax: 613-735-1373


Random Acts of Kindness

As part of our 60th anniversary celebrations, our staff and those supported by Community Living are embarking on a campaign to do 60 random acts of kindness around the community! We'll list those great events here so you can see how we're doing!

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1. For National Volunteer Week this year, we provided our volunteers with thank you cards and letters and recognized them on the electronic sign outside our office. We also gave gift baskets to the volunteer members of the Board of Directors.

2. Free Washer Fluid Refills: For the people who drive others in our community to their medical and other appointments, we filled up washer fluid!

3. Gayle Cayen donated cookies at the Pembroke Craft and Vendor Show on April 21st.

4. Free Lunch: Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch? We dropped off free lunches at The Grind, Dad's Taxi, Danny's Taxi and Pembroke Hani-Bus as part of our Box of Possibilities annual fundraiser.

5. Movie Night: Community Living gave away free tickets to the movie "Wonder."

6. Community Living sponsored the City of Pembroke's bridge flower box program.

7. Josh Woermke participated in the McDonald's McHappy Day as the volunteer Hamburglar on May 2nd.

8. On May 5th, CLUOV hosted a free community movie matinee at Troyes Cinema in Petawawa. The move "Wonder" was shown.

9. At the May 5th matinee, CLUOV held a draw for a prize package that included the Wonder DVD and snacks.

10. CLUOV brought Timbits to the Pembroke Regional Hospital for the emergency and medical nursing staff as part of Nursing Week in Ontario.

11. CLUOV staff and individuals supported by CLUOV helped the Pembroke BIA with clean up after the Downtown Connect Trade Show. (We also had a booth at the event!)

12. Clothing donations were collected for and delivered to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Renfrew County as part of their spring clothing drive on May 12.

13. CLUOV made a donation to the Canadian Tire JumpStart Foundation.

14. Members of CLUOV and people supported participated in a May community clean-up. Debris and garbage was picked up throughout the community.

15. In support of Relay For Life, CLUOV staff and people supported purchased and decorated luminary bags.

16. CLUOV collected donations to the Renfrew County OSPCA electronics drive.

17. We spent some time at Soapy Joe's leaving Tide Pods attached to laundry machines for people doing laundry there. A card explained it was one of our Random Acts of Kindness.

18. Our 18th Random Act went over so well that we did it again! More Tide pods attached to laundry machines for free washes!

19. In June we gave away baked treats to local businesses, complete with the Community Living colours.

20. Three of us made the City of Pembroke even more awesome by spending an afternoon picking up garbage.

21. Cheering on the participants at the Krista Johnson Memorial Run For Change, we made a donation to support that event.

22. Donna Locke, one of our employees, put together a Relay For Life team and we got behind her and sponsored them!

23. Also in June we spent the day at Food Basics, adding coins to shopping carts for shoppers.

24. As summer was in full swing, we headed to the Pembroke Waterfront and Marina and handed out free bottles of water to walkers and joggers passing by.

25. At the Esso station in Pembroke, we surprised people who were filling up with gas with a free car wash!

26. We popped in to the parking lots of some of our local businesses and handed out free air fresheners to drivers.

27. Tenants of our property on Heritage Drive in Petawawa, decided to donate their raised flower beds to the Petawawa Seniors Complex, contributing to a community garden. They even purchased the soil to be used.

28. We gave out Canada Day tattoos and stickers at the Downtown Pembroke Canada Day event.

29. Jeff Shand and Gayle Cayen gave away to free tickets to the Pembroke Midway.

30. Community Living donated paint to the "Pained Through Yoga" event in Petawawa.

31. The staff at Tim Hortons received air fresheners, donated by Community Living.

32. The July 17th Waterfront Movie Night had an extra feature - free freezies from Community Living to those in attendance.

33. People come to the Pembroke Splash Pad to cool down, and they got a double-dose of that when Community Living showed up with free freezies!

34. Community Living surprised Downtown Pembroke shoppers with one free hour of parking on July 20th.

35. CLUOV sponsored a Wall of Fame star at Festival Hall  Festival Hall Centre for the Performing Arts – be sure to check out our star in September once it’s installed! 

36. CLUOV purchased and participated in Eganville’s First Great Canadian Cheese Box Race, where proceeds went towards building an accessible fishing dock in Eganville. 

37. Kirby Adam brought water bottles to construction workers paving on Boundary Road in Pembroke on a hot day! 

38. CLUOV staff, Melvin Mittag and Michel Monet volunteered at the Eganville Farmer’s Market on August 10, 2018 to help vendors during National Farmer’s Market Week.

39. You might have spotted us volunteering at the Upper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Festival on Saturday, August 11 as we helped fold shirts, give out fruit and cheer on the paddlers! 

40. William Gorgerat surprised Dad’s Taxi drivers with windshield washer fluid!

41. Karen and Werner Brausewetter hosted a movie night in their apartment building’s common room for residents and provided snacks.

42. One of our board members and her daughter surprised CLUOV staff with free slushies on a hot summer day.

43. We volunteered at the Eganville Farmers’ Market during National Farmers’ Market Week.

44. We volunteered at the Upper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Festival.

45. Gayle Cayen donated cookies to staff and volunteers at Community Living through her business, Gayle’s Cakes & Cookies.

46. We collected non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army.

47. We donated Tide Pods to Laudromat Plus in Petawawa. (We attached a “Random Acts of Kindness” card to the Pods so people knew why they were free.)

48. We delivered water bottles and cookies to soccer teams at Riverside Park.

49. As part of a monthly community giveaway, we provided a free registration to one of our golfers in our annual golf tournament.

50. As part of our September community giveaway, we sponsored a foot of runway as part of Project Runway, the Pembroke & Area Airport’s campaign to repave the runway.

51. We prepared care packages to be provided to deployed members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

52. We brought water bottles to the Algonquin College Fall Orientation Games event that took place at Pembroke’s Riverside Park.

53. We sponsored  at team, Team Hoffman, in the Pembroke-Renfrew Kidney Walk.

54. We participated in Bernadette McCann’s “Stand-UP Against Violence” photo campaign.

55. We collected books, DVDs and CDs and then donated them to the Petawawa Public Library.

56. We collected books, DVDs and CDs and then donated them to the Pembroke Public Library.

57. We handed out free water bottles and freezies to the attendees of our 60h Anniversary event at the Pembroke & Area Airport.

58. We collected pop tabs for the March of Dimes.

59. We collected and then donated gently used dresses to the Ottawa Valley Cinderella Project.

60. We ordered a celebratory scroll from MPP John Yakabuski's office to honour the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce's 50th anniversary.