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YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo appreciates the generous support it continues to receive from the local community in our efforts to improve the lives of women, children and families through various programs and services.  One of the ways we receive support is through Third-Party fundraising events sponsored by various organizations and individuals within the community.

Hosting an event in support of YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo can be a great way to help make a difference in our community and have a lot of fun in the process. Check out photos from other Third-Party Events on our Facebook Page.

Need an idea of what kind of event to host? From Dinner Parties to to Bake Sales to Casual Friday, there’s no event too large or small. Here are ten ways to support the YWCA with an event:

1. Host a Dinner Party 

Get recommendations from local gourmet food shops or wine store about good pairings to enjoy at your event. Ask your guests to bring a donation to YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo in lieu of a hostess gift.  

2. Host a “Don’t Come” Event

A Don’t Come Event is a clever way of asking for donations in unique and unexpected way. Invite friends and family to a spectacular event with amazing food, unbelievable talent and a huge guest of honour; the sky is the limit since the event will never happen! Make sure to include the date as "Never" and include a short explanation on the invite. Ask guests to make a donation online in “honour” of your event. 

3. Celebrate a Special Occasion

This year for your birthday or wedding anniversary, ask your friends and family to donate to YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo in your honour, instead of buying gifts.

4. Host a Clothing Swap

Revamp your wardrobe at no cost. Instead of purchasing new clothes, invite guests to bring something they no longer wear and have a swap! Donate the money you and your guests save not going shopping.

5. Host an “Education” Event

Invite your friends over for an “education” night where they can learn more about the facts around poverty, homelessness, sexual assault and other issues affecting women and girls in our community. Ask your friends to consider making a donation to help change those facts.

6. Host a Jeans or Casual Day at Work

Ask your employer if they would consider having a jeans or casual day at work, if employees make a $5 donation to the YWCA.

7. Host a “Skills” Silent Auction

Does your colleague make delicious cakes? Have a friend that can sew like a designer? Have your friends and family donate their skills to a silent auction and watch the bidding go through the roof!

8. Host a Garage Sale

Need to clear out some space? Consider hosting a garage or yard sale and donating the proceeds to YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo.

9. Host a Bake Sale

A tried and true fundraising event. Recruit friends and family to bake up their favourite dishes and donate the proceeds.

10. Host a Sporting Event

Love hockey? How about volleyball, or ultimate Frisbee? Organizing a tournament day is easier than you might think and by selling tickets to those that attend, you can help make a huge impact on women, children and families in our community. 

If  you have decided to host an event, please call 519-576-8856. A Special Event Proposal Form  has to be filled out and submitted it to us.

Special Event Proposal Form PDF

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