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 email@example.com
- East Gwillimbury
- Richmond Hill
- York Region
- Liquor Containers
- Personal Hygiene
- School Supplies
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.
- Check out our Program Wish Lists
If you would like to donate any items from our program wish lists, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (905) 475-6694 ext. 3600 to make arrangements for donations to be dropped off and to obtain hours of operation.
- 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
Delivering Hope Manager
905-727-4357 Extension 232
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
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.
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.
- feminine hygiene products
- flip flops
- bras / underwear
- rain coats
- non-perishable food items
Natasha Fortin, Program Coordinator
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 RdWhitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario
Shaen Ar – email@example.com
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:
- Yarn (must be clean from pet / smoke free environment)
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.
- Body wash
- Adult Toothbrushes
- 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
- Grocery Stores
- Upper Canada Mall
- Gas Stations
- Food – Tim Horton’s, Pizza Pizza, McDonalds, Subway
- Baby Formula
- Baby Food
- Diaper Crème/Body Wash/Shampoo
- Diapers – Sizes 3, 4 & 5
Food – Non-Perishable
- Children’s juice boxes
- Granola bars
- Pudding/Fruit cups
Barb Latour, Office Manager
905-898-1015 Ext 5
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
- White glue
- Magnifying glass
- Liquid Thermometer
- Owl Pellets
- Cooking supplies
Emmanuelle Delisle, Program Coordinator
905-830- 0776 ext. 309 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
Volunteer and Administrative Coordinator
905-895-8889 ext 221
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!
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 Linus Mission is two-fold:
- 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”.
- 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
- Fleece blankets
- Crocheted or knitted afghans
- Receiving blankets
- Gift cards (for supplies)
Become a Blanketeer – http://projectlinuscanada.org/blanketeers.html
York Region Chapter
Diana Delic, Chapter Coordinator
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
- Canned beans, chick peas, black beans and lentils
- Canned fruit
- Canned tomatoes
- Pasta sauce
- Peanut butter and jam
- Tooth paste and tooth brushes
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 – https://www.roseofsharon.com/programs/rosies-closet/
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 – https://www.roseofsharon.com/help/build-a-basketbuild-a-future-holiday-campaign/–
Build a Basket Build a Future
(905) 853-5514 ext. 239
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
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
- Action figures
- TV/Disney character related toys
- Barbie / American Girl / dolls
- Gift cards for teens
- Art Supplies
- Magazine subscriptions or magazines
- Activity books / puzzle books
- Netflix gift cards or DVD rental subscription
- Gift cards to Cineplex or restaurants
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
- Small appliances such as microwaves, toaster ovens, mixers, kettles, crockpots
- Pots and pans
Call our warehouse manager for the bin location nearest to you or to arrange pick up – (905) 508-0300
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
- reusable water bottles
- non-perishable food items
- female hygiene products
- toothpaste (travel size)
- dental floss (travel size)
- shampoo (travel size)
- conditioner (travel size)
- body wash (travel size)
- shaving cream (travel size)
- hand sanitizer (travel size)
Terry Zinck, Program Services Coordinator
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
- 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.
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.