An Insider's Guide to Waterloo Region

Interesting places on and off the beaten track

Archive for the ‘Charity’ Category

Church of the Holy Trinity

This Anglican church is located at 237 Wilson Avenue in Kitchener, right next door to Wilson Avenue Public School. I visited their Christmas bazaar yesterday and came home with a bag full of gifts. This church is involved in the Nutrition for Learning program. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday they serve breakfast to needy children who attend the school. Here is the link to their web page

Written by Ruth

November 21, 2010 at 8:20 am

Trinity Anglican Church, Cambridge

Trinity Anglican Church, 12 Blair Rd, Cambridge

I like the look of this church, its stone fence, rectory and grounds. Trinity Anglican Church was built on this site in 1844 and the rectory was built in 1873. The church website has more details about the history of the parish.

The church provides hot noon meals at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday through their Trinity Community Table program. Approximately 300 meals are served each week and volunteers and donors are welcome to contact the church for information on how they can help.

Written by Ruth

November 14, 2010 at 12:25 am

Christmas Bazaars

Christmas bazaar season has started and there are plenty of opportunities in the next month to buy crafts, food and gifts at various churches and institutions. This sign is in front of  Faith Lutheran Church at 247 Westmount Road East in Kitchener. The Record has published a list of upcoming Christmas bazaars in the region. I am making an effort to buy locally produced items this Christmas and plan to check out a few of these sales.

Faith Lutheran Church


Written by Ruth

November 7, 2010 at 12:03 am

The Foodbank of Waterloo Region

The Thanksgiving food drive has just ended but donations are needed year round for the regional food bank. Volunteers positions are also available. Here is the link to their website.

Written by Ruth

October 20, 2010 at 12:09 am

Hespeler Community Church

Hespeler Community Church Salvation Army

I like the look of this church at the corner of Queen and Tannery Streets in Cambridge (Hespeler). It is affiliated with the Salvation Army.

Written by Ruth

October 3, 2010 at 12:06 am

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Waterloo Regional Dream Centre

There are many historical, architecturally interesting churches in the Region of Waterloo. This church is in an old warehouse at 659 King St. E. in Kitchener. They offer prayer, worship, a meal program, food bank and used clothing. Each Monday night teams go out on downtown streets to offer bibles, bag lunches, blankets, sleeping bags, shoes, socks and personal hygiene items.

Here is more information from their website:

The Dream Centre is a non-profit faith-based association which grew out of a vision to launch an inner city outreach to the people of downtown Kitchener, initially through the Living Word Community Church. Co-founded by pastors Rev. Lorey Prudhomme and Rev. Patricia Smith in April of 2003, the Living Word Community Church began extending Christian care to street youth, gangs, the unemployed, and marginalized people living in Kitchener’s core.

Written by Ruth

June 13, 2010 at 12:19 am

New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale

We visited the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale on Friday evening, sampled some food and looked at the beautiful donated quilts which will be auctioned on Saturday. This annual event is famous for its quilts and its strawberry pies but there are many other things to enjoy. There were no fresh strawberry pies on Friday, but thousands will be made and sold today. The following information is copied from the event website.

“The New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale takes place every year on the last Friday and Saturday of May.  It hosts over 40 venues with an estimated 2000 volunteers donating their time and expertise while demonstrating their passion for assisting others in need.

The Relief Sale was started in 1967 by individuals from Mennonite churches in southwestern-Ontario in response to the ever-growing world-wide need for relief from hunger, poverty and natural disaster and for development and peace-building activities. All merchandise and services are donated which means all funds raised on sale days are donated directly to Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a not-for-profit relief, service and development and peace agency of the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches in North America. MCC seeks to demonstrate God’s love by working among people around the world suffering from poverty, conflict, oppression and natural disaster. Started in 1920 in response to hunger in the Ukraine, MCC strives for peace, justice and dignity of all people.

Many people contribute to the success of the sale: donors of goods and services, supporting church congregations, auctioneers, venue coordinators and volunteers as well as the thousands of visitors from a wide geographic region who purchase the merchandise. Annual revenue from the Sale has been well in excess of $300,000 for more than 25 years. Since 1967, over 14 million dollars have been raised.

The sale attracts visitors annually because it is entertaining while raising money for a worthwhile cause. People come year-after-year because they know that the event is run exclusively by volunteers with a passion for the sale and its good work and that all of the money goes to MCC.”

Ten Thousand Villages tent with many fair trade items for sale

Location: New Hamburg Fair Grounds (map)

Written by Ruth

May 29, 2010 at 12:01 am