Shirley’s story

Monthly donor, Volunteer and Brave Spirit Circle Donor

Thank you Shirley for sharing your Ooch story and what inspired you to make a generous commitment to Ooch in your Will.

Choosing to make an impact

I remember loving camping as a kid. When I first heard about Ooch I thought the idea of getting kids with cancer to camp was just terrific. I started making a monthly donation and have been giving for ages. For me, it’s an honour to be able to do this. It’s really quite a modest monthly gift, but Ooch makes me feel really appreciated and valued. Over time, I’ve made some decisions about the charities I support. And I asked myself: “What are the charities that speak to me the most? Which one really connect with my values?” And it was Ooch.

At some point, I learned that Ooch Volunteers were needed to help out in the office and I was happy to help. That first day, I was so impressed with everyone I met. Everyone knew my name, thanked me, brought me tea and I felt so welcome and at home. The enthusiasm, dedication and passion of everyone at Ooch is just incredible. One day, I was there stuffing envelopes (I like to say I’m an envelope stuffer extraordinaire) and I overheard a conversation about legacy giving—donors who remember Ooch in their Will. Right away I thought this would be an excellent way for me to be able to give more, over time. I had a conversation with Michelle, she gave me some information about how to make it happen. Not only was it simple, it was also rewarding for me personally. I’m really proud to be playing even just a small part.

And I was delighted to join an Open House at Ooch Muskoka. Oh, it breaks your heart but it’s also overwhelmingly positive and joyful. It also happened to be my birthday and when Alex heard that he orchestrated a Happy Birthday sing-a-long with all the Campers and guests. I’ll never forget that, ever.

 

I’m making sure Ooch will always be there

What do I hope my legacy gift will accomplish in the future? At first, I think, well, Ooch is already pretty amazing, can it get any better? But then I think, well, I can be part of making sure that Ooch continues to do the outstanding work they are doing, forever. For as long as there are kids who need Ooch, I’m part of making sure Ooch will always be there. And that makes me feel really good.

– Shirley Greenwood, Monthly Donor, Volunteer (Envelope Stuffer Extraordinaire) and Brave Spirit Circle Donor

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Share your Ooch story

If you would like to share your Ooch story with us, please contact:

Stephanie Highfield

Senior Development Officer