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Empowering local children and youth is more important than ever.

The Children's Foundation of Guelph and Wellington works to build a community where every child and youth has the opportunity to participate, learn, and grow to reach their full potential. By empowering children and youth, our mission is to build hope for lifelong change and break the cycle of poverty. 

We invest in children in our community through our four programs: Adopt-A-Family, Food & Friends, Free to Grow and Scholarships. But we can't do this alone. You can help build brighter futures for our local children and youth by donating today. You can choose a program below to donate to, or choose to donate to general - and those dollars will go wherever needs it most at that time:

 Donate to General

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The Adopt-A-Family Program matches donors with families in need in order to make Christmas shine a little brighter. In 2020, our donors provided Christmas gifts and grocery cards for 1,434 families and independent youth, which included 3,136 children and youth.
*While Adopt-A-Family is a Christmas holiday program, it is open to people of all backgrounds and traditions.

 Donate to Adopt-A-Family

Food & Friends
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The Food & Friends Program brings healthy food to hungry minds. Many children go to school unprepared to learn, lacking the proper nourishment needed to focus and perform well in their studies. In 2020, 105 student nutrition programs served over 18,000 students in an atmosphere of social inclusion amongst students who may otherwise feel marginalized.

 Donate to Food & Friends

Free to Grow
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The Free to Grow Program nurtures the physical, social, emotional, and mental well-being of children and youth by funding recreational and life-skill opportunities such as sports, arts, camps, driver's education training and leadership development. Beginning in September 2020, Free to Grow will also be funding mental health counselling for children and youth, as well as providing educational workshops for parents.

 Donate to Free to Grow

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The Scholarships Program provides financial support for post-secondary education to remove some of the barriers for youth. The criteria for recipients does not focus solely on academic standing but rather on life achievement and goals in the face of difficult life situations. In 2020, we awarded 21 scholarships to post secondary students, with the highest areas of study being science, health care and social work. 

 Donate to Scholarships