Chalmers Community Services Centre
Chalmers Community Services Centre offers a warm and respectful space where guests can receive food, clothing, and enjoy company and conversation. They provided these services without means-testing to people who are unemployed, underemployed, between jobs, or awaiting compensation. With a team of 5 staff members and roughly 100 volunteers, Chalmers works together to provide meaningful and compassionate support.
On Tuesday, October 24th, join Chalmers for their annual Harvest Bowls event. The event sees guests select a new handmade bowl to fill with a soup of their choice. Local potters donate the bowls, while local restaurants and businesses donate the soup and bread. You are invited to make a difference in the Guelph community one bowl of soup at a time.
Guelph Wish Fund for Children
The Guelph Wish Fund for Children provides ‘wishes’ and support to children under the age of 19, residing in Guelph or Wellington County, who are living with a significant illness, life-altering injury, or a rare and debilitating syndrome. A wish can be creating a memory of a special experience or it can be attending to the physical needs of the child with help towards the purchase of specialized equipment. Each wish is personal and we happily work with the child and his or her family to make sure that we meet specific individual needs. The children and their families are provided with extraordinary moments and truly wonderful memories, as we strive to make stressful lives just a little easier and happier.
On Friday, September 22nd, Guelph Wish Fund is hosting the 9 and Dine golf tournament. Golfers can enjoy a non-competitive 9-hole day of golf followed by a dinner. This event will also feature a live auction, raffle, and live music/entertainment throughout dinner.
Hope House Guelph
Hope House serves vulnerable people in Guelph – the unhoused and housed, the employed and the unemployed, those suffering a new, bewildering setback, and those dealing with chronic, more complicated issues of poverty. Hope House offers a variety of services and assistance featuring its food market, community breakfast, food skills classes, system navigation, clothing market, hair salon, and many community projects including the backpack project.
On Friday, September 15th, Hope House Guelph is hosting Hope in the Street festival at Spring Mill Distillery. The annual event is designed to bring the community together and help support those in the Guelph community who are impacted by poverty and food insecurity. The family-friendly event features Guelph-centric food and music with a licensed area serving beer and spirits. There is a children’s area featuring games and activities.
Stanley Stick Hockey Association
Located in Guelph, Ontario, Stanley Stick is an organization with a positive hockey culture that works to help families balance lifestyle outside of the rink, while proudly developing quality people on and off the ice. They offer a structured co-ed league that is focused on skill development, team play, and most of all fun. Begin your registration for the 2023/2024 season here.
Stanley Stick will host an open house at Stone Road Mall on Saturday, August 26th from 10:00am-6:00pm. They will be set up in front of H&M.
Children’s Reading Room
The Children’s Reading Room is a non-profit family resource organization that promotes early literacy and a love for reading. Each time someone visits Children’s Reading Room they go home with a free book. There is no sign-up required. The accessible facility is a space where all are welcome to socialize, browse books, read to children, and participate in the planned literacy-focused events.
On Saturday, July 8th from 10am-2pm Children’s Reading Room is hosting the Beyond the Book event. There will be readings by the authors, crafts for kids, a bake sale, a silent auction, and bookmark-making. The event address is 210 Silvercreek Pkwy North located at the back of the All Saints Church.
Onward Willow Neighbourhood Group
Onward Willow Neighbourhood Group is the first Neighbourhood Group formed in Guelph. They are part of the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition. Onward Willow Neighbourhood Group has supported the Willow Community for over 35 years. The objective is to promote healthy living by supporting community members as they strengthen their own lives. They help people identify the necessary tools to set their own goals, shape their own successes, and build solid foundations for generations to come. Offering services such as emergency food cupboard (monthly access) and referrals to other food programs, free, city-wide clothing room, referrals to key agencies & individual support, and parent outreach.
From June 1st to June 22nd Onward Willow is hosting the Great Tidy Fundraiser. They will be accepting donations of clothing, household items, toys, and books. All items can be dropped in the donation bin located in the parking lot at 15 Willow Road.
Founded by local Rotarians in 1957, KidsAbility Centre for Child Development is the recognized leader in Waterloo Region and Guelph-Wellington for empowering children and youth with a wide range of complex disabilities. The Centre provides rehabilitation services for children and youth with disabilities from birth to age 21. It is one of 23 Children’s Treatment Centres in the province and is accountable to the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and serves nearly 15,000 children and youth annually.
In order to be as close as possible to where children and youth with disabilities and their families live, learn, work and play, KidsAbility offers a wide range of services at multiple sites in Cambridge, Fergus, Guelph, Kitchener, Mount Forest and Waterloo.
From June 11th -17th KidsAbility is running the Superhero Challenge, with the capstone Superhero Day taking place on Saturday, June 17th at 500 Hallmark Dr. Waterloo. You can soar as a superhero for kids by registering for the run, walk, or wheel event. The family fun day brings food, family, and community together, with every donation going to immediate therapy needs for kids, youth, and their families in the Waterloo and Guelph Wellington Regions.