To provide volunteers with an overview of programs and services, please watch the Orientation Video, read the Volunteer Handbook, and our organization's history. All items can be found below.
EWCS Volunteer Orientation Video
Take a look at our volunteer orientation video to learn more about our programs and services at East Wellington Community Services.
*Please note that volunteers are encouraged to visit programs in person. Please speak to our volunteer manager to make arrangements.*
East Wellington Community Services, (EWCS) supports families and individuals, including seniors and children, in the Town of Erin and Guelph-Eramosa Township by providing them with services that address their healthcare, transportation and social service needs.
EWCS was founded as a charitable organization in June of 1984. Originally, East Wellington Community Services was called Erin Wellington Advisory Group for Family Services; then East Wellington Advisory Group. In 2009, EWAG changed its name to EWCS to better reflect its mission and values.
EWCS in Erin
East Wellington Community Services was first situated in the All Saints Anglican Church in Erin, soon after EWCS found a new home at 105 Main Street, and is now currently located at 45 Main Street.
Erin is home to one of EWCS food banks which originated out of a trailer near Rob’s Auto. The food bank has moved around over time and has taken residence in the basements of 15 Main Street and of 109 Club (old town office), as well as being located inside a trailer at the north end of Erin. As of 2010, the Erin foodbank carried into Centre 2000.
New to You and Bookends Stores
EWCS has two gently used clothing stores, a used book store and an online book store run entirely by volunteers.
EWCS stores have transformed over the years. Surprisingly, EWCS first bookstore was run out of a shed in November of 1985!
Our used clothing stores have had multiple name changes since EWCS began in 1984. For instance, the “AGAIN SHOP” opened in July of 1986 and was located in Bailey’s Ice Cream building, 40 Main Street. A couple years later, “NEARLY NEW SHOP” opened in a trailer beside the shed housing the Bookstore at the time. Once again, the clothing store changed locations and in 1991, “NEW TO YOU” was opened in Hillsburg.
100% of all proceeds from our stores go back into the programs and services we have been offering to the community for over 35 years!
EWCS in Rockwood
EWCS expanded into Rockwood, Ontario in 2001 and opened another office and gently used clothing shop called “ENCORE” on 126 Main St. (Music Academy). Prior to this however, EWCS had a presence in town from 1995 when Tot Time Children’s Programs were opened in Rockmosa Community Centre’s lower level. In 2004, EWCS Rockwood relocated to 106 Church Street which was a former Hydro building. As of November 2015, EWCS migrated to a larger space for the thrift store and food bank at 107 Harris Street. This new location also provided a new level of privacy in its individual offices located in the building. This was a necessary and welcome change which allowed EWCS to offer much needed privacy when interacting with clients.
Events by EWCS-Past and Present
Perennial Plant Sale
Party Cinema Dances
Book Sale at Main Place
Fill Up Your Tanks Raffle
High Tea (2011)
Golf Tournament (2002)
St. Practice Day Event
East Wellington Community Services would like to thank our funding partners for their ongoing dedication and support, which helps us provide our services to those in need in the community of East Wellington.
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Town of Erin
Guelph Eramosa Township
United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin
Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integrated Network
County of Wellington
Food Banks Canada
Government of Canada
The Guelph Community Foundation