A Selection of Local Ways to Give

Give Time


Open Arms, Kentville

 Open Arms is a community-supported registered charity made up of a network of about 300 volunteers from Hantsport to Bridgetown. Initially established in 2004 as a Community Chaplaincy/Advocacy for people in need, Inn From The Cold now operates from seven local churches and has provided emergency shelter for approximately 1200 individuals over the past twelve years. From the Open Arms Resource Centre (32 Cornwallis St., Kentville), Drop-in/Outreach Program in Berwick and Kingston, they manage numerous outreach programs.

Interested in volunteering or donating? Visit openarms.ca

The Kings SPCA

 The Nova Scotia SPCA is recognized as providing expert leadership in the areas of advocacy and protection of companion animals and sets the standard of animal care for the province of Nova Scotia. They welcome and encourage volunteer involvement at all levels within all appropriate programs and activities. As a non-profit volunteer organization without government funding, their efforts rely extensively on generous support from people like you.

Interested in volunteering, adopting, or donating? Visit spcans.ca/kingscounty/

Valley Community Learning Association

The Valley Community Learning Association (VCLA) is a non-profit organization and registered charity that helps adults achieve their personal learning goals. Since 1989 the organization has provided a forum for learners, community groups, instructors, tutors, publicly funded agencies, and businesses to enhance the literacy levels of community members and new immigrants in both Kings and Annapolis Counties.

Interested in volunteering or donating? Visit vcla.ca

Kingston Lions Club, Kingston

 Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world. The 1.35 million members of the volunteer organization in 207 countries, they share a core belief – community is what we make it. The Kingston Lions Club is extremely proud to have donated more than 2 million dollars since the club began in 1961. Some of their active services include collecting eye glasses & hearing aids, various youth programs, and supporting Safe Grad.

Interested in joining? Visit www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/kingstonns/

 Women of Wolfville, Wolfville

 The Women of Wolfville is a community theatre group whose goal is to raise money for charities, challenge our audiences (and ourselves), and to have fun!

For more information, visit facebook.com/WomenOfWolfville


Give Food or Goods


The mission of FEED Nova Scotia is to feed Nova Scotians in need and reduce that need. To achieve this, they distribute 2 million kilograms of donated food to a member network of 147 food banks and meal programs across the province as well as raise awareness of the challenges hunger and poverty create each day for thousands of Nova Scotians.

 Interested in volunteering, donating money or food? Visit feednovascotia.ca

The Flower Cart Group

The Flower Cart Group believes that everyone has the right to meaningful, challenging employment. They are a collection of social enterprises united in the goals of promoting community participation by adults with barriers through supported training and employment. By donating your used clothing to The Flower Cart Group you are providing training and work opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities. Your used clothing donations are welcome at the drop-off location at 9412 Commercial Street, New Minas.

Interested in knowing more? Visit flowercart.ca


Give Money

Valley WAAG Animal Shelter, Wolfville

An animal shelter within the Wolfville Animal Hospital. Valley WAAG Animal Shelter places cats and kittens for adoption into permanent forever homes and provides them with food, shelter, medical care, and love until that happens.

Interested in adopting or donating? Look up Valley WAAG Animal Shelter on Facebook or call 902-542-3422

Chrysalis House, Kentville

 Chrysalis House is a safe and non-judgemental environment providing shelter and outreach services for women and children. These services include support, advocacy, referrals, resources, public education, and community development. They recognize that oppression exists in a multitude of forms and are proactive in empowering women to have hope and make their own choices to live free from violence and abuse.

Interested in donating? Visit: chrysalishouseassociation.org

The Portal, Kentville

 The Portal is a safe space and drop-in centre for youth to receive support and access programs. They provide connection to a community of youth and adults to end youth homelessness. The Portal is like a resource centre that weaves actions of prevention, outreach, and partnership. Adults and youth, together, provide a compassionate response to the pain and challenges that youth in our communities face. Their priority is young people 16 to 21 years of age from all walks of life.

Interested in donating? Visit facebook.com/Portalyouthcentre

Acadia S.M.I.L.E., Wolfville

The Acadia S.M.I.L.E. (Sensory Motor Instructional Leadership Experience) Program is an innovative, academic-based, yet student-volunteer-driven program that provides persons with varying disabilities a unique physical activity experience in order to improve their total development as individuals. All of this is done within a safe environment of play and fun in which Acadia University student-volunteers provide one-on-one instruction to our participants, and in the process, develop their own leadership skills.

Interested in donating? Visit smile.acadiau.ca