A group of women are raising money to help the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) with a $100 donation to help with library maintenance.
The library says the donation is being made through the Ottawa Citizens Fund, an organization dedicated to supporting and advancing women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
“It’s a gift that we think of as something that we’re trying to do for the whole city and Ottawa and the province,” said Janice Brossard, the library’s executive director of public affairs.
The OPL has been plagued with budget shortfalls for years, which have seen the library struggle to make ends meet.
The library says it is currently working on a “significant” reorganization of its operations, which include replacing some outdated technology and computer systems.
“In addition to being a library, we want to have a digital platform that we can offer to our community,” said Brossar.
The women behind the crowdfunding campaign are from different backgrounds.
One is a professional journalist who works for the local paper and another works for a private nonprofit that helps women find work and pay for childcare.
The group is also looking for people who can help them find jobs.
They say they are also looking to make the donation through social media.
“We want to do something that is a little bit different from the typical corporate donation, which is to make it a small amount that can be passed on to a family member or a community member,” said Kaitlyn Stirling, a volunteer with the Ottawa Civic Opera.
The crowdfunding campaign is on a single day, July 4, which will last until Sunday.
They are also encouraging donations of $100 or more.
“The whole goal is to help get us back on track,” said Stirling.
If you would like to make a donation to the fund, please call or email the library.