Who are we

Ten Yad of Ottawa is a grassroots, Ottawa-based organization dedicated to undertaking acts of Chesed and run entirely by and through volunteers. Our mission is to help individuals and families within the Jewish community during life altering situations, such as during the period immediately following a birth, or G-d forbid a death or illness. In some cases, our efforts have been directed towards offering support for those families whose challenges may be complicated by the requirements of strict adherence to kashrut and Sabbath observance. In others, we have worked with a family’s “Circle of Support” to facilitate catered meals. In every circumstance, our efforts have been directed towards making a difficult time just a bit easier to manage.

Our organization is rapidly expanding. We are now working on developing our “Bikur Cholim” division – to assist anyone in the Jewish community who is hospitalized or housebound during an acute illness. We co-ordinate volunteers to visit patients, run errands, drive family members to hospital visits, and of course, help with food where necessary.

Our goal is to relieve the stress on individuals and families during challenging or extraordinary times. The more volunteers we have, the more help we will be able to provide. Ten Yad of Ottawa is an unaffiliated, independent organization, but we seek to work with other community organizations to meet common goals. There is an important role for all and we believe that everyone’s contribution makes a difference. We hope that you will be moved to “Ten Yad”…to “lend a hand”.

If you would like to be part of our dynamic volunteer team please contact us to hear more about the different volunteer opportunities.