Student volunteers at University of Guelph create Holiday Giving Guide

GUELPH – The Holiday Giving Guide offers valuable information for people looking to support local charities and non-profits this holiday season. 

The annual guide is usually created by the People and Information Network, a non-profit volunteer organization that closed permanently earlier this year.

The University of Guelph’s Student Volunteer Connections has taken over creation of the Giving Guide. 

The document lists about 35 charities and non-profits, including Grove Hubs, the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington, Victim Services Wellington, the Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo-Wellington, and Family and Children’s Services of Guelph. 

It outlines each organization’s specific needs for the holidays, including cash donations to help purchase children’s Christmas presents, toiletry or clothing donations, or volunteers to help wrap gifts or support a community event. 

“We hope this Holiday Giving Guide helps members of our Guelph-Wellington community connect with the values and mission of local nonprofit/charity organizations and find a meaningful way to give-back to this holiday season,” states Helen Keen, engagement coordinator at campus and community integrated learning at the University of Guelph. 

She said organizers have heard feedback that the guide “really made a difference in getting the word out about community needs during the holidays. 

“These organizations, doing amazing things year-round and especially during the holidays, are all about helping those in need. 

“That’s why we’re keeping the Giving Guide going –to make it easier for everyone to lend a hand and support these awesome programs.”

To read the 2023 Holiday Giving Guide visit