Ways To Help

Get involved

  • Make a donation
  • Volunteer your time and talents
  • Become a member of our organization
  • Shop at our used book and clothing stores
  • Host a fundraising event


We carefully manage every gift to ensure it’s used where it will make the greatest impact. Rest assured that your donation will directly help the people in your community who are most in need.

Click here to donate online to EWCS through Canada Helps.

By Mail or in person at 

East Wellington Community Services
P.O Box 786
45 Main Street
Erin, Ontario
N0B 1T0

Make cheques payable to: East Wellington Community Services.

Tax receipts will be provided for donations over $20 and must include complete contact information, including your name (or business name if applicable), mailing address and telephone number. This information will only be used to issue a tax receipt to you in accordance with CRA guidelines.


Program Update – Due to COVID-19 many volunteer programs have been modified or suspended. Please contact Barb Carscadden 
at 519-856-2113 or by email barb.c@ew-cs.com for further details. 

Click here to access orientation, training and information on our volunteer opportunities.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of East Wellington Community Services. Are you a high school student looking to complete your volunteer hours? A group looking to volunteer together? An individual looking for a way to connect and give back to your community? We have an opportunity for you!

Contact us for more information.

Volunteer application form

East Wellington Community Services is proud to state that it has adopted the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement.  For more information click here.

Volunteer Co-op Student Program

If you are a high school, college or university student looking for a co-op placement, please contact us. Opportunities are available year round in our many program areas!

Corporate Volunteering Program

Your company can benefit through our Corporate Volunteer Program! Group volunteering results in team building, job satisfaction and the knowledge that your company is making a difference in the community. We will provide recognition through social media following the event resulting in increased visibility in the community.  If your company is interested in volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Manager at 519-856-2113. For more information click HERE.

How Volunteers Help


Join our volunteer board of directors

EWCS is looking for candidates that have skills in areas of: fundraising, marketing, leadership, board governance, volunteer management and people with lived experience with a community service agency or who have a passion for making a positive impact within the East Wellington community. Board positions start in September of each year and require a commitment to serve a 3 year term.

Download an application form to apply for a position on our Board of Directors.

Work the front desk

Our reception desk in Erin is entirely staffed by volunteers who volunteer each weekday morning or afternoon. Front Desk Volunteers provide community information for agency clients and the public, assist with providing referrals to EWCS or other agency programs and services, direct phone and walk-in inquiries to the appropriate staff member and complete administrative tasks.

Assist the online bookstore

The online bookstore sells collector and specialized books. Volunteers check for online orders, package and ship books, communicate with customers, research and list books for sale.

Assist the food bank

Volunteers help carry and sort donations or pack hampers for clients. Volunteers pick up food donations in the community or assisting at a community food drive event!

Assist our adult day programs

 Our Adult Day Program provides care and support for frail seniors and those with dementia. Volunteers assist the staff with aspects of the Day Program; including assisting with crafts, meals, activities, outings, etc.

Assist at special events

EWCS holds a variety of special events and fundraisers throughout the year. Volunteers are part of the organizing committees, assist at the events or by promoting the event in the community, selling tickets and more.

Assist at our thrift stores

Our thrift stores are staffed entirely by volunteers. Volunteers maintain the stores as cashiers, donation sorters, creating window displays, organizing sale events and more! Join our store teams in Erin at our New to You or Bookends Book Store or in Rockwood at our New to You store.

Organize a food drive

Support the food bank by getting your family, friends, co-workers, church, service club or sports team members together and collecting food items for our food bank. A list of most needed items can be found here. For more fun and exciting ideas for your next food drive, click here.

Assist with transportation

Volunteer drivers take adults 18 years of age and older to medical and other appointments within East Wellington and throughout the GTA, Hamilton, Orangeville, Georgetown and the Waterloo Wellington region.

More Ways To Help

You can also help by donating:

– Books and gently used or new clothing in good condition for our retail stores

– Sales counter for New to You store in Erin

* Unfortunately, we do not accept bedding, electronics, stuffed animals or furniture.

** Some in-kind donations may be eligible for a tax receipt. Please contact us in advance if you would like a tax receipt for your donation.