"One step must start each journey, one word must start each story. One hope will raise a  spirit, one touch can show you care. One voice can speak with wisdom, one heart can know what's true. One life can make a difference, you see, it's up to you!"
- Ashish Ram

Based upon a poem by Ashish Ram, the words of this song impart the notion that even a single person can effect change and make a difference.  That all ideas, big or small, have the potential to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world. 

#Project: The Wishing Well
We started MapleWishes with the hope of inspiring others to support causes important to them.  Different issues are important to different people and there are innumerable worthy causes being campaigned for in incredible and unique ways. To this end, MapleWishes is happy to offer micro-grants of $500 to service campaigns initiated by our peers and centered around causes that they are intrinsically motivated to pursue.

Covid-19 has made it hard for all of us to do more, even when more is exactly what has been needed. So, while the "Wishing Well" used to be a biannual allocation, we decided early on during the pandemic to make it a monthly offering.  Now, more than ever, we hope this exercise empowers others our age to identify issues of importance and responsibilizes them to be part of the solution.

If you have a project that you are trying to get off the ground, we might be able to help!  Email us at [email protected] and we will send you our guidelines and an application form.

June 2018: Music Heals
Sept. 2018: The Kyle Mackay Hockey Scholarship
March 2019: The San Miguel Open Sky Museum
Sept. 2019: Giving Gertie
March 2020: Cuts for Kids
April 2020: Kate's Community Garden Project
May 2020: Meena's Corner Kitchen
June 2020: Project Eid CU Smile
June 2020: Vanier Vegetable Plot Project
July 2020: Meech's Covid-19 ICU Thank You Project
August 2020: Kits for the Homeless Bridging Borders
September 2020: Caldwell's Back to School Supplies Bank
October 2020: Youth4Youth SleepOUT-StayUP
November 2020: AllySquared
December 2020: Empower'em
January 2021: Createpreneur
February 2021: Full Femme
March 2021: Sandwiches for the Homeless Project Hastings
March 2021: Care Packages for the Homeless Vancouver Care Packages
April 2021: Ensemble Ottawa
May 2021: Appreciation gift bags for Health Care Workers Giving Gertie
June 2021: Purple Sisters
July 2021:  Mental Health Awareness Mind Matters Co
August 2021:  Footwear4Kids
September 2021:  YOCISO Back-to-School Kits
October 2021:  GWR Soup & Sandwiches for Lunch
October 2021: CUSM School Breakfast Program
November 2021:  Assembly of Seven Generations
December 2021:  Curiosity Square
January 2022:  Spectrum Queer Youth Action Committee
February 2022: Code Youth
March 2022:
Bridging Borders Ottawa
April 2022: MedAid4Ukraine
May 2022: PrezDential Basketball
June 2022: Run for a New Start OCISO