Recipient Charities

Each October our group receives requests from local charities asking to be included in our next Curl For A Cause event.  Our committee reviews these applications and then determines which six charities we will focus our attention on for the following year.

Curl for a Cause is selecting the 2020 charities.  This page will be updated as the information is available.


We ask each charity to give us a short write-up about their particular group, what they do and why our curlers should support them.  This is important because individual curlers collect pledges from their friends and family for a specific charity of their choice.   Following are the submissions from individual charities.  They may include a link to their own web site for your convenience if you wish to learn more about their organization.


 Centre Wellington Food Bank


The Centre Wellington Food Bank

12-105 Queen St. W., Fergus, ON N1M 2W8 519-787-1401


The Centre Wellington Food Bank is making a significant impact in the lives of over 270 vulnerable families. All Curl for the Cause proceeds help fund not just our grocery program, which provides meat, dairy and other products to families, but also helps fund 40 annual Food Bank-supported community dinners . . . dinners that not only serve healthy food but bring people together in the spirit of friendship and love.

Our primary focus . . . making a difference in the lives of people.

We have also increased the dollar amount spent on fresh foods. Since 2012 we have budgeted over $18,000 yearly for food purchases and in 2019 we increased this number to over $25,000. Also this year, we have committed ourselves to making sure that 35% of all food donations at food drives are fruits and vegetables.

Healthy foods are a major part of our service.

Over the years our kitchen has been a great asset. It has enabled us to prepare healthy meals for our clients. We also offer cooking classes for those interested. This year we have been chosen, once again, by Food Banks Canada, to be one of five food banks across Canada to pilot two new cooking programs that focus on nutrition and cooking skills. One aimed at seniors, with an emphasis on diabetes prevention, and the other for children between the ages of 6-8.

What an honour!

Along with our focus on real food and healthy eating, the Food Bank  pursued two new initiatives for 2019. The first one is “Going Green in 2019”. This means no more plastic bags or containers. Reusable shopping bags and paper-based food and storage containers will be used. The other new initiative focuses on the reclamation of food and no food waste. We call this initiative “From Table to Tummy.”  In other words, what does not go out the door with our clients will be turned into delicious soups and stews and served fresh every day at our new soup station, available to all, and whatever else cannot be used will go into the tummy of a local farm animal.

Nothing is wasted or discarded and all disposables are re-used or recycled.

With the responsibility of making sure vulnerable community families have enough to eat and are treated with dignity and respect, we as a community, can honestly say that we have and will continue to make a difference in their lives.

For this we gratefully thank you for your support!



 Childrens Foundation of Guelph Wellington

Children's Foundation
of Guelph and Wellington

Poverty has a significant, life-long impact on children and youth. Those who have access to healthy social and physical environments live much healthier lives. At the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington, we empower children and youth by connecting families with opportunities to build hope for lifelong change and break the cycle of poverty.

Adopt-A-Family Program

2020 CF Adopt-A-Family

We match donors with families in need in order to make Christmas shine a little brighter. Families are referred to us by social service agencies that have identified that they are in need. This past Christmas 1,175 families had presents under their tree and received grocery cards for a family holiday dinner. This program ensures all children get the chance to create holiday memories, even if their family is in a difficult financial situation.


Food & Friends Program

2020 CF Food & Friends

Over 3,100 children in Centre Wellington arrive at school hungry. When students are provided a healthy breakfast, morning meal, lunch, or snack it results in increased academic performance, decreased negative classroom behaviours, increased social skills, and they learn about healthy eating habits. By bringing healthy food to hungry minds, we help students hunger for knowledge and not food.


Free to Grow Program

2020 CF Free to Grow

Play, the arts, and other opportunities for social interaction early on in life can positively impact healthy child development by fostering self- confidence, teamwork and leadership skills. This program provides a grant to low income families so that their children can participate in recreational and life-skill development activities. We were able to fund 209 activities for children in Centre Wellington last year with an average household income of $18,175.


Scholarships Program

2020 CF Scholarships

There is a critical need to support students as they move on from high school to seek post-secondary education. Recipients are identified as someone who has overcome adversity to graduate high school. 18 scholarships are provided to high schools in Guelph and Wellington, and one of those is given out at Centre Wellington District High School. Education is one of the most important factors in helping an individual break the cycle of poverty.


Thank you to all the curlers and supporters involved for helping us to invest in children and youth today to build brighter futures for tomorrow.

87 Waterloo Avenue Guelph, Ontario N1H 3H6 T: 519-826-9551 E: W:



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Fergus Elora District Soccer

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2020 Special Needs Soccer Programme and Festival

Our Mission

In 2010, a group of soccer players and coaches from our local soccer club (FEDS) decided to start a soccer program for adults with Special Needs in our community and surrounding area. Today, our Special Needs Soccer Program and Festival is known across Ontario. Our soccer club is the only soccer club in Ontario with a dedicated soccer program for adults with special needs.

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Weekly Summer Soccer Program:

We provide a summer soccer program that runs from May thru August. Our players (14 to 62 years old) come out once a week and participate in soccer activities in an environment where they feel comfortable. They are exposed to basic soccer skills, experience team play, social interaction, friendship, exercise and most importantly fun. In 2019, we had 34 players and 15 volunteer coaches involved in the program. We participated in the Guelph’s Community Resource Fair in October 2019 which we hope will help us expand the program even more.

Special Needs Soccer Festival:

The Festival is a one day event when we invite groups   from our community and across the province to join us for a day of fun and soccer. We have many fun activities, such as: arcade type games, face-painting, clowns, photo-booth, balloon artist, food and drinks, live entertainment and much more. The 2019 Festival was a massive success where it even made the front page of the Wellington Advertiser. The plans for the 2020 Festival are well on their way and we expect the Festival to be even better than the 2019 one.

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 2020 Kids Ability

Kids Ability Foundation

Established in 1990, KidsAbility Foundation is dedicated to raising both financial support and affirmative public awareness in assisting KidsAbility Centre for Child Development fulfill its mission of empowering children and youth with special needs to realize their full potential.

KidsAbility is the recognized leader in Guelph-Wellington and Waterloo Region for empowering children and youth with a wide range of complex special needs. Last year, our talented team of therapists, teachers, support staff and volunteers provided life-changing therapy and support services to 199 children and youth at KidsAbility Fergus, and 11,338 across all locations.

Why We Need Your Support

There are 37 children waiting for services at KidsAbility Fergus and over 1,400 at all locations combined. Early and timely intervention is critical to a child’s development and potential for success later in life. Your support means more children are accessing life changing therapy. Your donation is an investment in our children and will help them to live the best life possible. Through your generous donations you are directly helping to support areas such as:

To help a child increase mobility, become more active and in some cases learn to walk.

Occupational Therapy
To help children learn to perform daily activities like eating
independently, getting dressed and brushing teeth.

Speech Therapy
To give a voice to those children who have difficulty interacting with others, struggle with speech or cannot talk at all.

Additional Programs
To help children learn essential life skills so they can be successful at school and in the community.

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Thank you for helping to make brighter futures happen!



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Portage Ontario


  • In 1985, Portage opened Canada’s first residential substance abuse rehabilitation centre for adolescents located in scenic Elora.
  • The centre offers gender-separate programming and a school on site. Run by teachers from the Upper Grand District School Board, youth who have not completed High School are required to attend school to obtain credits towards their high school diploma.  
  • Admission requests are received through various sources in the community including: parents, family physicians, school staff, Children’s Aid Societies and the justice system, as well as self-referrals.


  • Residents at Portage are between the ages of 14 and 18 years.
  • Treatment is based on the Portage therapeutic community approach where a wellness (not illness) model is used to empower residents with confidence and tools (21 core competencies developed by Portage) to become successful in their journey towards sobriety.
  • The program includes six months of residential care followed by up to 24 months of aftercare in their home communities to help youth reintegrate back into society.
  • Portage Ontario has helped over 4,000 youth overcome addiction and live healthy, happy and productive lives.
  • Programs are free of charge to youth.


  • Over 30% of youth we serve hail from the Centre-Wellington community.
  • Every youth who has come to Portage has contributed to the social fabric of Centre Wellington in one way or another including: volunteering at community events (.e.g Riverfest); supporting other charitable organizations (e.g. CW Food Bank); speaking to youth in local high school assemblies about the evils of addiction; and, helping at Church services. Community engagement is a mandatory part of a resident’s rehabilitation aimed at building leadership skills, respect for community and their own self-esteem. Increased emotional and social strengths, newly acquired skills and community contacts made, strongly impact youths’ ability to find employment, enter post-secondary school and become successful and contributing adults.  
  • After leaving Portage, some youth make Centre-Wellington their home. Those who have loved ones waiting in other communities leave with an unforgettable memory of Centre Wellington. Many return to Portage as volunteer mentors for new residents.  
  • While at Portage, youth are provided with life transforming opportunities: experiential wilderness expeditions that reinforce positive character traits; youth ambassador opportunities that promote leadership; life skills and job readiness that empower youth; and, bursaries towards post-secondary education.

Portage is more than just stopping drug abuse. It’s about gaining self-esteem, developing a healthy lifestyle, and acquiring the skills and competencies to be able to succeed in school or at work, and make a plan for the future.

Your support through Curl for a Cause will support at-risk youth from low income families, or youth who are homeless, to access immediate treatment at Portage, free of charge.

Get in touch if you know someone who needs help | 519 846 0945 (Admissions) | CRA
Charitable Registration No. 12915 1072 RR0001




Women In Crisis

Phone: 519.836.1110
24 Hour Crisis Line: 519.836.5710 or 1.800.265.7233
Fax: 519.836.1979

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Who are we?

Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis is a feminist community-based organization providing services to women and their children on woman abuse and sexual violence. We believe our services must be inclusive and equitable for all individuals accessing our programs while being responsive to issues of race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and/or abilities.

Our programs include:

  • Marianne’s Place (emergency accessible shelter)
  • Transitional and Housing Support Program (THSP)
  • Family Court Support Program (FCSP)
  • Rural Women’s Support Program (RWSP)
  • Sexual Assault Centre (SAC)
  • 24-hour Crisis Line
  • Anti-Human Trafficking Program
  • Public Education and Prevention

Curl for a Cause Annual Community Bonspiel helps to support our…

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Rural Women’s Support Program

The Rural Women’s Support Program provides services to women and their children living in Wellington County who have been or are in an abusive relationship, or have experienced childhood sexual abuse/incest, recent or past sexual assault, harassment and/or stalking.
We have offices in Erin, Fergus, Mount Forest and Palmerston and we offer you support and information so you can make your own choices about safety for you and your children. All our services are free and interpreters can be arranged when necessary. If you are unable to come to one of our offices, we can arrange transportation, we can talk over the phone or we can meet somewhere else, outside your home.

Contact Us with Confidence
Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis respects your privacy. We protect your personal information and adhere to all legislative requirements with respect to protecting privacy.




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Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation

294 Mill St., Unit 205, Elora N0B1S0
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Upper Grand Elementary Teacher's Federation of Ontario

Suite 100 5420 Hwy 6 North, RR 5 Guelph, ON N1H 6J2
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350 Tower St. South, Unit 1 Fergus, ON N1M 2P6

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