Community Needs

Community Needs2018-01-26T21:09:22-05:00

York Region has many agencies that provide support to residents in need, all year long.  Below is a list of agencies who appreciate your help fulfilling those in need.

Email us to have your agency listed

105 Gibson Centre2017-11-02T23:22:03-04:00

105 Gibson Centre is a Christian faith-based community centre devoted to bringing positive changes to the surrounding neighbourhood. It is a platform for people to share resources and the love of Jesus Christ.


  • Donate Food Items – for our Food Bank
  • Donate New Clothing and Household Items – for our Thrift Store


Fiona Wu, Media and Communications Manager,
905.946.8787 ext 105


360ºkids serves over 3,000 youth, each year from every municipality in York and this number has grown significantly since our move to the Richmond Hill Hub operating the youth hub and offering even more essential services to youth. Our staff represent many cultures and experiences and have earned a reputation as leaders in offering high quality, innovative programming to the people we serve.



If you would like to donate any items from our program wish lists, please email or call (905) 475-6694 ext. 3600 to make arrangements for donations to be dropped off and to obtain hours of operation.

Abuse Hurts2017-10-24T21:08:08-04:00
For over 20 years, Abuse Hurts has been working in collaboration with the community and corporate partners to raise awareness about the true cost of neglect and abuse.  We support approximately 100 service agencies and other organizations across Canada. Our aid helps over 100,000 individuals per year.  We aim to give hope and support to people who need assistance finding a new path.


  • Boys and girls infant, toddler and children’s clothing up to size 0-16
  • Toys for ages from baby – teens (17) both sexes
  • Puzzles/board games all ages
  • Winter boots children & adult
  • Winter hats mittens/gloves, scarves for children & adults
  • Plus sized clothing for women 1x-4x
  • Men’s clothing jeans, sweat pants, sweaters, hoodies
  • Toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, deodorant
  • Perfume/cologne gift sets
  • Gift cards for groceries, gasoline, iTunes


Tanya Zapfe
Delivering Hope Manager
905-727-4357 Extension 232

Action Volunteers for Animals2017-10-17T07:37:47-04:00

Action Volunteers for Animals (AVA) is an all volunteer run charitable animal rescue dedicated to helping stray and feral animals live healthy and happy lives. We do not have a physical office.


  • Cat Food (wet and dry)
  • Small crates
  • Gently used towels
  • Small blankets


Denise Harkins

AIDS Committee of York Region2017-10-14T12:40:27-04:00

The AIDS Committee of York Region (ACYR) was founded in 1993 and formally incorporated as a registered charitable organization in 1996. ACYR is the only organization dedicated to the delivery of dignified support and care to those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in York Region.



Anand Kansara

Aurora Food Pantry2017-10-24T21:02:29-04:00
Since 1990 the Aurora Food Pantry has been distributing food at no cost to residents of Aurora and north Oak Ridges. The purpose of the food pantry is to provide food to those who demonstrate an immediate need. The clients who come to the Aurora Food Pantry for help have faced a variety of circumstances. For many, an unexpected expense, an illness, or accident, loss of income becomes a crisis which forces them to choose between paying for groceries, rent, or utilities. The Aurora Food Pantry provides food assistance to individuals and families during their toughest times. In 2016, the pantry provided meals for 6894 people in need in our community.



Belinda’s Place2017-11-02T23:28:09-04:00

Belinda’s Place is a multi-service facility owned and managed by The Regional Municipality of York and operated by The Salvation Army. Belinda’s Place provides support and services to help women to get back on their feet.


Personal Hygiene

  • toiletries
  • feminine hygiene products


  • flip flops
  • slippers
  • bras / underwear
  • rain coats
  • jackets


  • non-perishable food items



Natasha Fortin, Program Coordinator


Bottle Shed Foundation2017-11-28T23:36:36-05:00

Bottle Shed Foundations is a non profit organisation that supports local charities and causes. Our main source of fundraising is through donations of empty liquor containers


  • Drop off your empty liquor containers and other bottles
  • Drop Offs welcome 7/24 at
    2227A Stouffville Rd
    Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario


Shaen Ar –


Casting Off the Cold2017-10-14T11:58:17-04:00

Welcome to Casting Off the Cold!  We are a volunteer organization of knitters and crocheters based in Markham, Ontario who handcraft clothing and other items for donation to shelters, support organizations and hospitals.


  • Knitted or crocheted items for all ages:
  • Blankets
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Yarn (must be clean from pet / smoke free environment)


Blue Door Shelters2017-10-14T11:45:05-04:00

Blue Door Shelters, located in York Region, provides safe, supportive shelter and services for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Founded in 1982, we operate three, no-fee, emergency shelters for families, men and youth.



  • Shampoo
  • Body wash
  • Adult Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant – men’s and women’s
  • Men’s shaving cream


  • Men’s new or gently used running shoes/winter boots
  • Men’s new or gently used winter coats
  • Men’s boxers/briefs

Gift Cards

  • Grocery Stores
  • Wal-Mart
  • Upper Canada Mall
  • Gas Stations
  • Food – Tim Horton’s, Pizza Pizza, McDonalds, Subway

Infant Needs

  • Baby Formula
  • Baby Food
  • Diaper Crème/Body Wash/Shampoo
  • Diapers – Sizes 3, 4 & 5
  • Wipes

Food – Non-Perishable

  • Children’s juice boxes
  • Granola bars
  • Pudding/Fruit cups
  • Crackers
  • Cereal


Barb Latour, Office Manager
905-898-1015 Ext 5

Girls Inc. of York Region2017-11-28T22:46:34-05:00

Girls Inc. of York Region empowers girls to reach their full potential through gender specific programming that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.


We would greatly appreciate anything in these categories:


  • Healthy snacks
  • Nut-free/Peanut- free Granola Bars
  • Rice Cakes
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Apple Sauce
  • Etc.

School Supplies;

Math supplies

  • Protractors
  • Compasses
  • Rulers
  • Etc.

Science supplies

  • White glue
  • Microscopes
  • Magnifying glass
  • Liquid Thermometer
  • Owl Pellets
  • Etc.


  • Cooking supplies
  • Journals
  • Paper


Emmanuelle Delisle, Program Coordinator
905-830- 0776 ext. 309 or

Hand Over Hand2017-10-24T20:48:32-04:00

Hand Over Hand Community Organization is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering a community where people with disabilities will feel safe, accepted and supported through peer networks.

Hand Over Hand is run by volunteers and try to keep their programs financially accessible to all members, many of whom live within a lower income.

Here are some of the items we need at the moment to be directly used by or for members, or would be directly used by volunteers in order to learn about our members with disabilities:


  • Gift cards – grocery stores, dollar stores, restaurants, gas stations
  • Stationary for volunteer training – post it notes, pens, folders, paper
  • Yoga materials for adaptive yoga class – straps, weights, mats, blocks
  • Used or new tablets – to use as communication devices for people with disabilities at our programs



Melissa Ngo

Inn From the Cold2017-10-14T12:05:35-04:00

Today, Inn From the Cold is now known as a hub where guests have access to a range of services to help them move forward in a positive direction and achieve success and fulfillment. If you would like more information on how we can assist you, we welcome you to contact us or learn more about our services. Alternatively, you can learn how to get involved either by making a donation or donating your time as a volunteer. We appreciate your support.



Martha Berry
Volunteer and Administrative Coordinator
905-895-8889 ext 221

John Howard Society YR / FEAT – For Children of Incarcerated Parents2017-11-29T00:14:49-05:00

FEAT for Children of Incarcerated Parents was founded in 2011 to support the needs of the over 50,000 children in Ontario that have a parent in the criminal justice system. The multifaceted impact of parental incarceration on children can be devastating. These innocent children are often faced with a myriad of challenges including; family instability, economic insecurity, societal stigmatization as well as a compromised self-esteem, trust, and sense of security in their familial relationships.


This holiday season the John Howard Society of York Region has teamed up with FEAT to collect toys for children of incarcerated parents!

For the next month, we will be collecting new toys to be donated to the organization.

FEAT has made the following suggestions for donations:

  • Toys for children of the ages 3-10 years
  • Toys for visible minorities (i.e. dolls representative of visible minority groups)
  • Additionally, if people are not wanting to go out and buy toys but would like to make a monetary donation, that is fine as well, we can purchase toys on your behalf!Deadline for donations is Monday December 12th!


Monday and Thursday: 905-895-2950
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 905-709-4004 ext. 201

King Township Food Bank2017-10-24T20:58:59-04:00

King Township Food Bank mandate is to provide a week’s worth of non-perishable groceries to those who are clients of the Food Bank.




Through its province-wide network of close to 50 Communities, the Ontario SPCA is one of the largest, most responsive animal welfare organizations in the country, providing care and shelter for tens of thousands of animals every year.



Project Linus2017-10-14T12:10:55-04:00

Project Linus Mission is two-fold:

  1. to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need of a hug, through the gifts of new, handmade, washable blankets, quilts and afghans, lovingly crafted by volunteer “Blanketeers”.
  2. Blanketeers are part of our mission; to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.


  • New handmade washable blankets * smoke / pet free
  • Quilts
  • Fleece blankets
  • Crocheted or knitted afghans
  • Receiving blankets
  • Yarn
  • Notions
  • Fabric
  • Gift cards (for supplies)


Become a Blanketeer –


York Region Chapter

Diana Delic, Chapter Coordinator

Richmond Hill Community Food Bank2017-10-27T21:38:44-04:00

The Richmond Hill Community Food Bank is an independently run non-profit agency, founded to provide temporary emergency food assistance to those in need. Our strength is the generous support of the people of Richmond Hill, Thornhill and Maple, corporate supporters, and our staff of volunteers.  Working together, we can make a difference.



  • Instant coffee
  • Tea
  • Canned beans, chick peas, black beans and lentils
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Pasta sauce
  • Pasta
  • Peanut butter and jam

Personal Hygiene                              

  • Tooth paste and tooth brushes
  • Soap
  • Deodorant


Lee Reynolds

Rose of Sharon2017-10-14T12:12:49-04:00

Rose of Sharon is dedicated to providing counselling, education and parenting resources to prenatal and parenting young mothers and their families throughout York Region supporting their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.


Rose of Sharon relies on our generous community donors and volunteers to help provide young mothers with access to food, clothing and other necessary items

This holiday season, you can help a vulnerable young family by participating in our Build a Basket Build a Future campaign. Your support will make the season special and provide for young mothers beyond the holidays –


Rosie’s Closet

Kim Lyall

Build a Basket Build a Future

Jill Jambor
(905) 853-5514 ext. 239

Salvation Army2017-10-14T12:31:06-04:00

The Salvation Army is an international Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible; its ministry is motivated by love for God and the needs of humanity.  The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world.


  • New unwrapped toys for infants to age 17
  • Grocery gifts cards $20 value


Terry Harney

Sandgate Women’s Shelter of York Region2017-10-17T07:42:05-04:00

Sandgate is dedicated to providing all persons who identify as women and their children shelter, support and information so they can take steps towards ending abuse in their lives.



Jackson’s Point only at this time

Shine Through the Rain Foundation2017-11-01T22:55:53-04:00

Shine Through The Rain does many things but all in the service of one goal. That goal is to help those who are affected by life threatening illnesses. Whether it’s through services or funds we seek to provide guidance, support, and financial aid to those in need. We help adults, children, and families find the silver lining. When things seem gloomy and you’re being rained on we’re here to help you shine through it.



  • Scarves and pashminas
  • Fuzzy socks or slippers
  • Toques or mittens


  • Organic lip gloss / chapstick
  • Organic shampoos, conditioners, body washes or soaps
  • Organic makeup
  • Loofahs
  • Jewellery

Toy Drive

  • Lego
  • Action figures
  • TV/Disney character related toys
  • Barbie / American Girl / dolls
  • Gift cards for teens
  • Crafts
  • Art Supplies


  • Magazine subscriptions or magazines
  • Activity books / puzzle books
  • Netflix gift cards or DVD rental subscription
  • Gift cards to Cineplex or restaurants


Cari Brunton

Steps to Recovery2017-11-02T20:59:29-04:00

At STEPS TO RECOVERY we believe that work provides hope for a better tomorrow. Our graduates build the  confidence they need to become a fully functioning citizen and rebuild their lives. This is not only good for them, it’s good for their families, their employers, and for our community.

STEPS is a place where you become a part of the community through active participation on a 24/7 basis. Our success rate speaks for itself.      


We will pick up directly from your home.  Our clients need;


  • Gently used clothing


  • Dishes
  • Cutlery
  • Small appliances such as microwaves, toaster ovens, mixers, kettles, crockpots
  • Pots and pans

Giving link


Call our warehouse manager for the bin location nearest to you or to arrange pick up – (905) 508-0300

Sutton Youth Shelter2017-10-17T07:44:03-04:00

Sutton Youth shelter is a shelter and drop-in centre for youth experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness in the northern part of York Region.


  • ear buds
  • hats
  • gloves
  • reusable water bottles
  • non-perishable food items
  • female hygiene products
  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste (travel size)
  • dental floss (travel size)
  • shampoo (travel size)
  • conditioner (travel size)
  • body wash (travel size)
  • shaving cream (travel size)
  • razors
  • soap
  • hand sanitizer (travel size)


Terry Zinck, Program Services Coordinator

Vaughan Food Bank2017-11-01T10:20:36-04:00

The Vaughan Food Bank has been operating since 1995 and is associated with the Vaughan Community Information Centre and The PennyWise Thrift Store. The Vaughan Food Bank services needy residents of Vaughan, as well as various agencies in York Region such as

  • Transitional Housing Services
  • Yellow Brick House
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Cross Links Community Services
  • Vitanova Foundation
  • Caritas
  • Men’s Sana
  • and other Food Banks in York Region when requested

The Vaughan Food Bank is an emergency food bank and is wheelchair accessible.



Yellow Brick House2017-10-14T12:16:03-04:00

Yellow Brick House is a place for abused women and children in York Region



Deliver to 52 West Beaver Creek Road, Unit 4, Richmond Hill

York Region Shoebox Project2017-10-14T12:37:33-04:00

The Shoebox Project for Shelters, supported by Dream, collects and distributes gifts in the form of Shoeboxes to women who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in communities across Canada and the US.  Each thoughtfully created and decorated Shoebox is filled with items valued at $50 that can enhance self-esteem and reduce feelings of isolation for women in crisis.



Veronica Fazio