Donations for Onward Willow NG

Thank-you to all who thought of us over the holiday season and arrived with warm clothing, food, and other household goods! Please know you brightened the season for so many.  As many of you know, we operate our centre out of a townhouse and have limited space. Due to our community’s generosity,  we are operating at full capacity.  Currently we are accepting the following donations during business hours only — Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 10am-4pm:

***Regretfully, we cannot accept stuffed animals or linens***

Food: we’re always in need of non-perishable food items before their Best Before date. Some of our most needed items include: soup, peanut butter, crackers, cereal/oatmeal, kid’s snacks such as apple sauce & granola bars, pasta sauce, dry rice and noodle packs, soup stock and canned fruits & vegetables are most appreciated.

Furniture: due to space constraints, we cannot accept large furniture onsite and we do not have a vehicle large enough to move large items. If you have large furniture you wish to donate, please call us at 519-824-6892 or e-mail We can check our Wish List to see if the item is needed, and connect you directly with the community member in need for delivery.

Clothing in good used condition — most needed includes ladies plus sizes, men’s & youth clothing & kid’s indoor shoes in good shape

Household items including dishes, cutlery, mugs/glasses, small & clean appliances etc.

Books: we are happy to have books that are ten years old an newer due to the very large volume of books we receive year-round

Toys that include all pieces and are in clean and working order

Household decor including small paintings, ceramics, and other knick knacks







Seeking OWNG Homework Club Volunteers!

Volunteer opportunity!
The Onward Willow Homework Club (OWHC) is looking for volunteers to join their tutoring team!
OWHC is a weekly club (Thursday’s 5:30-7:00 at Willow Public School) that pairs tutors with underprivileged youth in the Willow area of Guelph. Kids range from grade 4 to high school . We also provide a healthy snack, and game time after tutoring. No past tutoring experience required!
We have two types of volunteer opportunities available:
  1. Volunteer Coordinator 
Working alongside the program coordinator, the volunteer coordinator will help to recruit, train and organize volunteers for club. You will also help to run the snack program.
  • available Thursday nights during club
  • Commit to 2-3 hours a week of volunteering (includes club night)
  • Access to internet and email to keep in touch with volunteers
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • No past formal training required (you will be trained by program coordinator)
  • Priority given to coordinators that can commit to full year
  • Clean vulnerable sector check
  • Training will begin mid September
  1. Volunteer tutor 
Help teach kids basic math, English, reading and writing! Enjoy your time shaping the minds of the future!
Qualifications include:
  • patience to work with students whose second language is English
  • Excellent oral and communication skills
  • Ability to commit to every Thursday (we need tutors who are consistent)
  • Clean vulnerable sector check
  • Training will begin end of September
If you would like to join our team, please email the program coordinator Liz Vardon at and state what type of volunteer position you are interested in

Clothing Donation Needs

Hello Friends! Cleaning out your closets? Onward Willow is seeking fall clothing donations for kids, men, women, and plus sizes. We’re also starting to collect winter boots and warm fall and winter jackets. Please visit us at 15 Willow Rd, Unit K45 Mon & Wed-Fri 10am-4pm or give us a ring! Also, please note that our clothing closet is accessible to all residents across Guelph. We also accept household goods year-round for those of you who are downsizing including kitchen items, decor, toys, sports equipment and more.

July 1st Charity BBQ!

Come join the community for a fun charity BBQ in support of Onward Willow! We’ll be starting the fun at 1pm and serving up grilled hamburgers and hotdogs until 4pm. We’ve got a small supply of garden plants for the kids to plant along with activities and treats!

Bus refusal

It has been brought to our attention that some of our community members have been refused by  public transit if they have a stroller, or too many bags. This is very upsetting to us as we know that public transit may be the only option for some of our families to use emergency food and other resources. If you have had an issue with this we would like to hear from you. Please contact Susie at or FB message us.