Welcome to Chalmers Community Services Centre

Chalmers Community Services Centre is a not for profit organization that provides emergency food, clothing and support without prejudice to the members of our community.

We provide those in need with a safe, non-judgmental environment where they have access to food and clothing, are able to meet new people, and receive the support they need to take their next steps forward.

  • We welcome anyone who is unemployed, underemployed, between jobs, or waiting for compensation.
  • We do not use means testing. That means the people who use our service never have to prove they require help.
  • Chalmers is a violence and judgment-free center. We offer a safe and comforting place for people who have run out of options.

Chalmers Community Services Centre is committed to developing accessibility policies that respect and promote the principles on independence, dignity, integration and equality for those with disabilities. In compliance with the Customer Service Standard of the AODA (Accessibility for Ontarions with Disabilities Act, 2006), Chalmers Community Services Centre has developed a policy and has trained staff and volunteers on the Standard. For a copy of the policy, please click here. If you require this document in an alternate form or have feedback about your experiences at Chalmers Community Services Centre, please contact our office at 519-822-8778 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or direct your concerns in writing to 40 Baker Street, Guelph ON N1H 4G1. We will respond within 7 business days. Confidentiality will be respected.

For more information on the Customer Service Standard and the AODA, go to the Ministry of Community and Social Services website at:

For a copy of the Act go to:


CCSC is Hiring!

CCSC has a vacancy for its Program and Volunteer Coordinator (PVC), a staff position effective, March 16, 2015. The responsibilities of this position include:
-Management of Volunteers.  The PVC is responsible for a team of approximately 80 volunteers including recruitment, selection, orientation and training, supervision, recognition, and task planning. The PVC also acts as a liaison between the Administrator, Board and the volunteers.
-Program Coordination. The PVC is responsible for the planning, management, and evaluation of CCSC’s programs including its three food pantry programs, a Tuesday morning cafe, a clothing program, snack program, quarterly Dental Day, City Wide Food Drive and an annual Christmas Bags Campaign along with providing guest support and collaborating with other social service agencies to meet guest needs when required.
-Health and Safety.  The PVC ensures that all food, fire and safety requirements are met. Particular emphasis is placed on the handling, storage and monitoring of food supplies.
-Communication. The PVC is required through his/her strong interpersonal and leadership skills to create an atmosphere of dignity, respect and inclusion. The PVC must be able to problem solve, resolve conflicts peacefully and work collaboratively with volunteers, guests, staff and visitors. The PVC must also be able to effectively facilitate volunteer and program meetings and have strong report writing skills.
-Computers. The PVC must be proficient in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and Gmail and be familiar with various social media formats. 
The PVC will work with the Administrator and Custodian and is accountable to the Board of CCSC through its Personnel Committee. This is a permanent, 16 hours per week position.


Make it and Shake it at Old Quebec St. Mall Feb.16 12:30-3 pm & Feb. 20 5:30- 8 pm
Make your own Hula Hoop and watch the demonstrations. 
Hooping for Hunger is a family friendly event scheduled for Saturday, May 23 12 noon to 5 pm.
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It’s called Hooping for Hunger, and is a hula-hoop-a-thon in support ofThe Hunger Project Canada (www.thehungerproject.ca) and Chalmers Community Services Centre, two charities that are dedicated to ending hunger.  FLOW is dedicated to helping them achieve that goal and is organizing the event, which will take place on May 23, 2015 at Centennial CVI.

We hear a lot about hunger, famine, and other issues through the media as well as online.  There are a lot of people who are working towards seeing the end of these tragedy inducing problems.  The reason this event is aimed at supporting organizations that are working to end hunger is that, despite all of the attention it gets, chronic persistent hunger still effects 842 million people worldwide.  That means that 1 out of every 8 people does not have enough to eat.  Think of that in terms of your street.  If every home houses a family of 4, then statistically speaking one out of every 8 houses on your street is home to hungry people.  That is something that needs to end.  You can help make it happen.

For the Hooping for Hunger event, teams of hula-hoopers will collect sponsors to support their hooping, and we are planning to offer prizes to those who raise the most funds.  Registration will open soon!


Hooping for Hunger - May 23 at Centennial CVI, 12 pm - 5 pm

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Charlie got a pedicure on Jan. 24 at Claws for a Cause!

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CCSC Garage Sale

Chalmers Community Services Centre (CCSC) will be holding a Garage Sale on Saturday, March 21 from 9 am to 12 pm at Harcourt Memorial United Church, 87 Dean Ave.  Books, collectibles, household items, small furniture and refreshments will be sold.  Donations to the sale can be made at Harcourt Monday to Friday, March  16-20 from 9 am to 3 pm.  For donation information or to make an early donation, please call 519-766-0874.  Proceeds support the three CCSC food pantries.2015 01 19

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