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The Children's Foundation "Adopt-a-Family" Program Seeking Shelter

The hunt is on for a temporary home for the Children's Foundation of Guelph and Wellington's annual Adopt-a-Family program.

Every year, the Children's Foundation has been fortunate to have space donated by local businesses but it's never a guarantee and they are turning to the public for help in finding space this year.

Just like the Guelph Public Library's recent anxious search for a book sale space, the Adopt-a-Family program worries whether a Holiday Hero will step forward in time to save the day.  "We've been following all possible leads, but so far we haven't had any success," said Glenna Banda, Exeuctive Director of the Children's Foundation.  "It's always a bit nerve-wracking every year whether we can find the right space for our incredible volunteer team.  Last year, we were able to help over 800 families during the holidars, and it's crucial that we find a space so we can continue to help families provide holiday memories for their children."

Space Requirements include:

  • At least 5,000 sq ft of primarily open space in the Guelph-Wellington area
  • Prefer level access with no stairs
  • Ability to drive up close to the doors or possibly large warehouse door for gift delivery/pick-up
  • Ability to bring in phone lines & internet connection
  • Washroom on-site
  • Space required ideally from approximately late October to early January - to be negotiated with building owner

"The challenge lies in owners wanting to sell or rent their space, and understandably they are reluctant to commit to donating the space for two months," says Banda.  "Last year we made sure that close to 2,000 children had presents under the tree and we want to be there again for them this year.  If ever there is a time to believe in Christmas miracles, this would be it!"

Anyone with ideas - or better yet, the space - can contact Glenna Banda at 519-826-9551 or


Dates: Wednesday, August 13/2014 to Tuesday, September 30/2014

Location: Guelph-Wellington area

St. George's Wednesday Farmer's Market

Downtown Guelph is hosting it's Summer Farmer's Market in St. George's Square every Wednesday to highlight the importance of buying locally.

Dates: Wednesday, July 2/2014 to Wednesday, August 27/2014

Times: 11:30am- 5:30pm Every Wednesday

Location: St. George's Square Downtown , Guelph Ontario



Canadian Soft Skills Series

Find out more about what employers want and build your Canadian soft skills in this series of special workshops for newcomers to Canada.

Dates: Wednesday, August 6/2014 to Wednesday, August 27/2014

Times: Every Wednesday in August - Times vary

Location: 30 Wyndham Street North, Guelph Ontario


Contact: Katrina Michielsen


Phone: 519-822-4141 x1537

Bridges out of Poverty

Strategies for Professionals & Communities

Gain a deeper understanding of the challenges, and strength, of people living in poverty and how poverty effect everyone.

This one day workshop, based on the work of Dr. Ruby Payne, PhD, will help you partner with individuals to create opportunities for success.

For further information and to register contact or call 1-800-265-7293  ext 4133

Dates: Wednesday, October 15/2014

Times: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Location: WDG Public Health, 160 Chancellors Way, Guelph


8th Annual Giant Used Book Sale Friends of the Guelph Public Library

More than 50,000 items including used books (hard cover, paperback, children's, antiquarian and collectible), CDs, DVDs, LPs, sheet music, games and puzzles

All proceeds benefit the Guelph Public Library


Dates: Friday, October 17/2014 to Sunday, October 19/2014

Times: Friday 4 pm Early Bird $10 admission Friday 6pm - 9 pm free admission Saturday 10 am - 4 pm free admission Sunday 10 am - 4 pm free admission and most items $1

Location: 265 Edinburgh Road North (former White Rose/Meadowville), Guelph Ontario


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