“We have people whose lives have changed for the better and they have now become donors after having been a client,” says Barb Volzke, Manager, COPE. “The best part of COPE is when you know that you were able to make a difference to someone by providing emergency food assistance, needed clothing, or just listening to them. You never know what a difference that can make to someone. This is what COPE is all about.”
cGaming is an important source of funding for participating charities in the province. But not that long ago, the cGaming industry in Ontario was in a significant decline—and that decline put support for charities in jeopardy. By 2007, the number of sites had dropped from 229 to 80 and revenue had dropped by 30 per cent.
In 2010, OLG expanded its collaboration with the Ontario Charitable Gaming Association and the Commercial Gaming Association of Ontario to revitalize cGaming in the province by offering electronic games in bingo halls.
More than $285 million has been raised for charities through the Charitable Bingo & Gaming Revitalization Initiative . It has also created hundreds of part-time jobs and is preserving the role of 30,000 volunteers involved in community-based charitable activity.