At Woolwich Community Services we strive to connect people with the programs and services that suit your needs on an individual basis. Serving Woolwich Township and the northern part of Wellesley Township we are the place to go if you need information, support or assistance.
Individuals & Families Children & Youth
Community Support Program Backpack Program
Christmas Goodwill Birthday Cupboard
Family Violence Prevention Program Jumpstart Program
Food Bank Kids and I Resource Centre
IncomeTax Clinic Lunch Crunch
Low-German Family Support Single Mom's Group
Adult Recreation Program Youth Centre
Community Information Centre
Application Forms & Brochures
Care-Ring Drivers (Transportation)
Mobility Loan Cupboard
Community Information Centre:
The WCS Information Centre has staff and trained volunteers who can answer almost any question the general public may have. Information ranges from all levels of government services, health and social services to local activities and events in the community.
We also keep application forms for Birth Certificates, Social Insurance Numbers, Ontario Health Insurance, Canada Pensions and Old Age Security, Unemployment Insurance, Passports and Non Profit Housing.Staff are available to assist you with the completion of forms both online or by paper copy. Appointments available Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
For more information contact Woolwich Community Services.
5 Memorial Ave, Elmira, ON N3B 2P8
T: (519) 669-5139
F: (519) 669-4210
WCS offers a variety of options to those seeking employment. A job board is available which lists local jobs, computers are available for the general public to use when job searching and free faxing and photocopying services for job purposes.
An Employment Facilitator from Employment Ontario is available every Wednesday for job seekers looking for additional assistance writing resumes and cover letters. Computer assistance is provided for online applications.
If you would like more information on meeting with the Employment Facilitator (or would like information regarding available jobs in the area) please contact us at (519) 669-5139.
Income Tax Clinic:
Trained Volunteers are available to complete simple income tax (filing) for persons with low income free of charge. The program begins March 1 to April 30 each year. We have volunteers all of March and April in our office Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays. Call (519) 669-5139 to book your appointment.
Staff are available to offer individual referrals and assistance to persons seeking support with personal, financial and housing needs. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, call or stop by the Information Centre and a staff member would be happy to set up an appointment with you.
Each year as parents get ready to send children back to school, WCS offers a Back-pack Program. The program is designed to assist families of low-income who are in need of backpacks and school supplies for their children and youth.
The program runs out of WCS Information Centre the last 2 weeks in August. To qualify for the Back-pack Program you must be a resident of Woolwich Township or the north part of Wellesley Township.
The Birthday Cupboard offers a place for parents of low-income who have children with upcoming birthdays to come and get a gift. Parents are also welcome to come in with their children to chose a gift for upcoming birthday parties their children have been invited to.
Garden plots are available for a minimal fee to those who wish to grow their own vegetables. In the spring, the garden is ploughed and tilled. The gardens are divided among the families taking part that year, and each family plants and looks after their own garden plot. If you are interested in taking part in the garden, call our office late winter to find out the time of our spring meeting.
This fantastic program helps cover the cost of sports equipment and/or registration fees for families of low-income. If you know of a family who might benefit from this program please direct them call WCS at (519)669-5139 or stop by the Community Information Centre Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm for a confidential assessment.
Single Mom's Group
Aimed at bringing single mothers together to develop friendships and supports in the community. The group meets every Tuesday at Kids and I Resource Centre from 6:00 pm to 7:30pm. Parents with children ages 0 to 10 years old are welcome. The play center, toys, and a craft are available for the children. Snack is provided. Call (519) 669-5139 for more info.
Adult Recreation Program
We've teamed up with the Township of Woolwich to provide adults 18 years of age and older, living with a low income in Woolwich Township, free access to Township funded recreation programs.
Participants can complete a brief application at our office located at 5 Memorial Ave. Elmira, Mon to Fri. 9:00 to 5:00 pm. (appointment preferred). Confirmation of household income and Township residency will be required. The application will be strictly confidential and submitted to only senior township recreation staff for processing.
Depending on the interests of the individual a 10 visit pass for an activity of choice will be issued. Passes will be issued one at a time, and can be reissued every 10 weeks providing one activity per week. To reissue the application participants can stop by WCS to confirm continued eligibility.
Our Food Bank provides a food hamper to suit the size and needs of your family. Participants can come for a food shop, and select food items the whole family will enjoy. Items available for selection include non-perishable food items along with fresh milk, vegetables, fruit, eggs, margarine and meat. Infant needs including diapers and formula are provided. Additional support services are also available to participants as needed.
If you are in need of a Food Hamper please call WCS Information Centre. Eligible participants must meet two criteria; be of low-income and live in Woolwich Township or the north part of Wellesley Township. (519) 669-5139
Kids and I Resource Centre:
Kids and I is a place for parents and caregivers to go with pre-school child(ren) to play and meet with others from the community in a fun and safe environment. The Centre operates as an Ontario Early Years site at Birdland Plaza in Elmira and in the village of St. Jacobs.
Kids and I offers games, crafts, and toys for both parent and child to play and enjoy. Kids and I has a toy-lending library, and many parent resources.
For more information please contact Kids and I:
112 Oriole Parkway
Elmira ON, N3B 1C5
Tel: (519) 669-3043
Mon-Fri:9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch Crunch Program
The Lunch Crunch Program is offered through the Woolwich Food Bank. Providing families of low-income living in Woolwich Township, and parts of northern Wellesley Township, with nutritious foods for children to take to school.
The Hamper provided follows the Canadian Food Guide and consists of fresh fruits and vegetables, grains and a meat alternative.
Lunch Crunch runs each Monday from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. on a drop in basis. Call 519-669-5139 information on receiving a Lunch Crunch Hamper.
WCS Thrift Shop:
Located in downtown Elmira, the Thrift Shop offers quality used clothing and household items at low prices. The Thrift Shop is a fundraising initiative for WCS with all proceeds going towards supporting the agency's many programs and services. The The Shop welcomes donation of used clothing, household items, small furniture, toys, books and beyond.
The WCS Thrift Shop is always looking for volunteers to join our team, CLICK HERE to fill out an application form.
Stop by the Thrift Shop today and check out our weekly sales and quality used goods.
5 Memorial Ave,
Elmira ON N3B 2M7
Tel: (519) 669-1129
Mon-Fri: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sat: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Family Violence Prevention Program
The Family Violence Prevention Program offers individual and group support to those experiencing a controlling and/or abusive relationship. Those seeking assistance can recieve on-going individual support. The support may include education, safety planning and options available to make informed decisions. Referrals to other community services including housing, financial, therapeutic counseling and legal support are made available.
Through our experience of supporting women, the program has developed four stages of women's groups which empower women to put their safety first, work towards healing and learn to choose healthy relationships.
Our Public Educator also provides information to schools and community groups in Woolwich Township and the north part of Wellesley Township. Three lessons are taught to each class, in each school in an age-appropriate way on a yearly basis. Topics include conflict resolution, preventing harassment, emotions, healthy relationships, peer pressure etc.
If you or someone you know if in need of assistance please contact WCS between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Our address is 5 Memorial Ave, Elmira ON, N3B 2P8 and our number is (519) 669-5139.
If you are calling after hours and are in crisis please call a representative at: Women's Crisis Services: 519-742-5894 or the Crisis Line at 519-745 1166.
Mobility Loan Cupboard
Items may be loaned out to those needing them free of charge for up to 3 months.
Call or drop in to the office today if you are in need of any of the above mentioned items.
Care-Ring Transportation Service
Transportation Service The Care-Ring service is designed to assist people under the age of 65 who have no other means of transportation to medical appointments. The service relies on volunteer drivers to take individuals to medical appointments and is offered free of charge.
Those making appointment should call at least 48 hours in advance.
To book an ride call (519) 669-5139.
Located at the Woolwich Memorial Centre the Youth Centre is available for youth in grade 6 to the age of 19. The Youth Centre offers a late afternoon and evening program. Primarily a recreation and leisure program offering activities that include pool, table games, computers, foosball, movies, music and special events.
The qualified staff provide planned activities both onsite at the Youth Centre and offsite while always ensuring a youth friendly, safe and fun environment for all.
Membership to the Youth Centre is $30 annually. Call or stop by today to check out the YC.
24 Snyder Ave South
Elmira ON, N3B 2Z5
Telephone: (519) 669-3539
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Tues-Fri: 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
The Christmas Goodwill program is (operated), coordinated and implemented by dedicated volunteers who shop, wrap and pack Christmas Hampers for low-income families in Woolwich Township into the north part of Wellesley Township. Each year the community comes together to donate new toys, clothing and food items to ensure families can celebrate the holidays. Donors include churches, service clubs, businesses and individuals.
Call about how you can volunteer, donate, or sponsor a family.
Low- German Family Support:
The St. Jacobs Family Support Centre provides support for Low-German speaking people from Latin America in accessing community programs and services.
Staff who speak Low-German are available for translation and interpretation. They are experienced in assisting families to communicate with community programs and services.
Support includes assisting new families settling into the area, ensuring health, social service, education, and financial needs are addressed. ESL classes for adults and a pre-school for children are provided at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church Thursdays October to June each year from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
5 Memorial Ave
Elmira,ON N3B 2P8
Tel: (519) 669-9323
Please note the office may not be staffed at all times. Please call ahead.