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Local charities worth considering this giving season

The following are a few local non-profits you may not have previously considered
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During the 'giving season' we are reminded of those who are in need. Waterloo Region is a giving community. Some give in remembrance, while others give to organizations they have had personal experience with.

We give because there is need. We give because it feels good, to be role models to our children. We give because someday we may find ourselves in need.

There is no wrong reason to give.

Looking for a registered charity, that is as unique as it is deserving? The following are a few local non-profits you may not have previously considered:

Argus Emergency youth shelter, for ages 16-24.

Since 1985, Argus have been providing emergency shelter to youth who are facing homelessness, in our region. They offer two locations, one for young women and another for young men. Services include food, shelter and 24-hour support. Health, education and financial stability are their main focus. 

You can donate here.

East Village Animal Hospital

EVAH provides affordable veterinary services to low-income families, those on social assistance, animal rescue groups and humane societies surrounding London and Kitchener. Ensuring that no animal suffers, due to the lack of funds, if a client is unable to pay, they can borrow from a donation fund. The incentive is to pay it back when they can. Contributions are greatly needed for this micro-loan program.

You donate here.

Lisaard and Innisfree Hospice 

Waterloo Region's only residential hospice provides palliative care for adults facing end of life. The service is at no cost to families. Operating costs of more than $8,000 per day means your support ensures that they can keep providing these services in our community.

Donations can be made here

Lost Paws Inc is a federally registered non-profit who's focus is to help pet owners recover their lost pets.

This group of dedicated volunteers combine social media with search and rescue to help spread the word about your missing pet. They provide emotional support, and prepare posters that are shared in the community. All costs involved are out-of-pocket, including the high-tech equipment they use to locate and trap lost pets. "Many of us have been in the terrifying position of losing a beloved pet and not being sure where to turn for help. Our goal is to alleviate some of that fear and stress by offering our services free of charge to anyone in our community who needs it."

Donations can be made here

Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) Grand River Hospital Provincial Pediatric Oncology Satellite Program

The satellite clinic ensures children in our community with cancer receive care and treatment close to home. The program keeps them in their own beds; their lives are less disrupted because they can remain close to family. The goal of the clinic is to give back quality of life, and ease the financial burdens created by having to travel for treatment. "POGO Satellite Clinics are located in areas where the caseload is large enough to maintain the expertise needed, and where patient travel, cost and family disruption will be reduced. All children will continue to be diagnosed in tertiary programs which will develop, monitor and modify their individual treatment plans throughout the course of their care."

You can donate to POGO here

Ray of Hope

Since 1967, Ray of Hope has been providing care for those struggling with crime, addiction, or homelessness in our region. Services provided include Refugee Support, Community Support, Youth Justice, Youth Employment and Youth Addiction. For just $3.11 a hot meal can be provided to a hungry neighbour. 

You can donate here


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