You are here

Articles from Pelham Cares Inc.

Primary tabs

Thank you to our generous community, from Pelham Cares! As our volunteers work their way through the many boxes and bags of donations received during this past holiday season, we are reminded of the generosity and kindness that abounds in the community of Pelham! Throughout the year, and especially during  the Holiday Season, the donations of food, personal care items, household products, toys, and money, grants, the contributions of hundreds of volunteers, and the support of local media, allow us to continue to assist families in our community.

As the season of giving quickly approaches, planning for the 28th annual Pelham Community Food Drive is well underway.  Pelham Cares, with community partners Fonthill and District Kinsmen Club, Fonthill Lions Club and Fenwick Lions Club, will carry on this tradition.  

Less than 8 weeks until Pelham Cares Inc major fundraising event 'DENIM & DIAMONDS returns for the 3rd year!​

The week of April 15thto 22nd, 2018 has been proclaimed National Volunteer Week,  a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers!   This is also an opportunity to reflect back on our history and acknowledge Pelham Cares volunteers past and present, as we celebrate 35 years of serving the Town of Pelham! 

As we enter our 35th year of serving the community of Pelham, we would like to express our gratitude to this generous community!  Throughout the year, and especially during  the Holiday Season, the donations of food, personal care items, household products, toys, and money, grants, contributions of many volunteers, and the support of local media, allow us to continue to assist families in our community.

One of the Christmas in Pelham weekend events, the 27th annual food drive, took place on Saturday, December 2nd.  Residents in the urban areas of Pelham donated non-perishable food while volunteers went door to door. Many thanks for all of the donations from the community and the help of our tireless volunteers! 

Pelham Cares is currently seeking new members of the Board of Directors. Please see the advertisement attached, you may contact us for more information at 905-892-5300 or And please share this with anyone you know who may be interested!

The Diamonds & Denim fundraising Barn Dance in support of Pelham Cares Inc was a sell-out event again this year. Hats off to Bissell's Hideaway for contributed the venue - an ideal setting for a Country Soirée.
Elton Lammie and his Band wow'd the crowd with a stellar up close and personal performance and got everyone on the floor dancing.


It was a sell-out event in 2016...we are pleased to announce that "Diamonds and Denim", Pelham Cares' barn dance fundraising event is back again this year, on Saturday September 9th, at Bissell's Hideaway in Ridgeville

The week of April 23rd to April 30th has been proclaimed National Volunteer Week.  Volunteer Canada has chosen this year’s theme as Volunteering Eh?   Encouraging us to think about all of the wonderful ways people care.  The imagery reflects the positive impact volunteers have on communities across Canada and this is certainly true of those who volunteer for Pelham Cares! 

The generosity of the Pelham Community never ceases to amaze us!  From holding events and providing donations, to volunteering, it is never more evident than during the Holiday Season! A highlight of our year, the recent 26th annual Pelham Community Food Drive was again a resounding success!  With over 300 volunteers donating their time, the event was organized, donations were collected, date checked, sorted, and transported to our facility on Hwy 20.  Following the retirement of Gerry Berkhout and his family, Pelham Cares and community partners assumed responsibility for the door-to-door collection, in addition to the sorting operation.

It was a strange feeling to watch the day approach and not be in the helm. However, I needn't have worried. Pelham Cares, Fonthill Lions, Fenwick Lions and the Kinsmen Club did a superb job of organizing the day.The big new maps, the personal phone calls were effective additions. It is truly a sign that Pelham citizens care about the Food Drive and pulled together to make it a huge success. I am so proud of our Town.
Congratulations, Gerry Berkhout is just over 1 month until the 26th annual Pelham Community Food Drive of 2016!
Saturday December 3rd, up to 150 volunteers will go door to door in the built up areas in Pelham to collect non-perishable food donations. Donations will then be unpacked, date checked, sorted and repacked at Rice Road Greenhouses by an additional 80 volunteers. Finally, it will be transported to the Pelham Cares office, where volunteers will stock shelves, to supply food to families in Pelham for the coming months!

Join us on Saturday October 1st at Bissell's Hideaway...a Pelham Cares Barn Dance featuring Elton Lammie and the Elton Lammie Band.

Entertainment, one complimentary drink, appetizers by Smokin' Buddah, and dinner by Family of 3 Catering...all for $40 per person!!

Tickets available at Pelham Cares, 905-892-5300 or email to

Thanks go to our sponsors for the event: Boggio Family of Pharmacies, Miller Restoration, and Pleasantview Funeral Home and Cemetery.

Throughout the year, Pelham Cares sees the generosity of our  community, assisting us in supporting Pelham families in need.  It is never more evident than during the Holiday Season! On Dec 5th 2015 approximately eighty volunteers gathered at Rice Road Greenhouses and the Pelham Cares facility, to receive, sort, pack, and transport the tons of food that were so generously donated by the Pelham community.  Our volunteers enjoyed coffee, hot chocolate and treats from Tim Hortons, and pizza from Volcano Pizzeria.


The 25th Annual Citizens of Pelham Community Food Drive was held on Saturday, December 5, 2015. As always, the event was a huge success! We wish to thank the thousands of residents of Pelham who donated food items by leaving them on their doorstep or bringing them to our drop-off points, and the hundreds of volunteers (students, families, church groups, schools, service clubs, business groups, etc.) who canvassed the town and picked food up door-to-door and delivered it to Pelham Cares. As is our tradition, we were also able to share food with our neighbours in Welland through donations to Open Arms Mission, Salvation Army and The HOPE Centre.


Wow! Pelham is indeed a generous town. From the packed Lions Hall at 9am this morning, to the generous donations found at so many doors and driveways, to the many cheques and cash donations, to the eager kids and adults who helped collect, consolidate, sort, and repack the food, to the extremely kind and generous businesses who donated coffee, hot chocolate, sausage on a bun tickets, and soup, as well as those businesses whose paid advertisements in the papers announced the food drive, all proving what a truly generous town this is. 

As the season of giving quickly approaches, plans for the 25th annual Pelham Community Food Drive are well underway. As part of the Christmas in Pelham weekend events, the food drive will take place on Saturday, December 5th starting at 9:30 am.

The 23rd annual Pelham Community Food Drive was held on Saturday December 6th was a huge success!  A sincere thank you from Pelham Cares to all of those involved...with special mention to the Berkhout Family for organizing the door-to-door drive, Rice Road Greenhouses for allowing Pelham Cares to use their facility for the food sorting and boxing, and Miller Restoration for providing boxes, transportation, tables, and many volunteers.