Backpack Program

Hope House Backpack Program

Every year, Hope House organizes a city-wide Guelph Community Backpack program. The Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition is a program partner in this initiative. Together, we are working to ensure as many children as possible receive brand new backpacks filled with grade-appropriate supplies. 

The application process is very straightforward: we gather only enough information about the student in order to offer brand new backpacks with customized supplies.

 The link above will take you to a form managed by Hope house.
It may also be accessed through the charity's website

>> Please choose Grange Hill East NG as your preferred pickup location if you live within the boundaries of our neighbourhood (link to google map).

Backpack Pickup Details

Note: You must have pre-registered to pick up a backpack. 

Date: End of August, likely Aug. 22 or 23 (still must be confirmed).  Time: TBA

Location: 394 Auden Community Room. Pick-up is first-come, first serve. You may have to wait in line outside the building. 

Please add ghengcalendar@gmail.com to your list of trusted contacts. We will e-mail prior to pickup with these details.

Can’t Make it? If you are a client of Cassandra (our Parent Outreach Worker) and cannot make it to the pickup date, please connect with her to organize drop off.

  • Please email info@gheng.ca (subject line: backpack pickup)  if you are not Cassandra’s client but cannot make this time. We will work on alternate pick-up arrangements.

Pickup Location in Grange Hill East

394 Auden Rd (Community Room)

Parking: Park along main road and walk in, or park in  designated visitor spots only.

Team volunteer opportunity

Would you and your friends or co-workers like to volunteer together? We have found in the past that this is a great opportunity to work as a team (of 5+) to do a bottle or funding drive to raise extra money for much-needed school supplies and snacks.

Your team will then participate in organizing the backpack event. This will include sorting supplies, making posters, and setting community room up “market style" so that our distribution event will run smoothly.

Check out the video below of this teen team that helped out last year.

Contact our Neighbourhood Support Worker at the coordinates below if you are interested in helping out.