Elmira Independent Editorial
Woolwich Community Services is one of Elmira’s hidden gems.
If you ask anyone what the agency does, chances are you’ll get a blank look, followed by, “don’t they do counselling?”, or perhaps, “I think they do Meals on Wheels.” — confusing the agency with the good work done by Woolwich Counselling Centre and Community Care Concepts.
Of course, that is the response you’ll get from anyone who hasn’t used one of the services Woolwich Community Services provides — and there are many.
Need help preparing your income tax return? Woolwich Community Services can help with that.
Find yourself unable to pay for the back-to-school supplies your child desperately needs? Woolwich Community Services can help with that.
Looking for a new job? A new home? Woolwich Community Services can help with that.
In fact, the chances are that if you have a need, Woolwich Community Services can either provide the help you need, or point you in the right direction.
This is the good work the agency has quietly been doing for more than three decades, out of a tiny little office in downtown Elmira. The agency has done this with very little in the way of government funding, with the vast majority coming through fundraising and donations. Few staff are on salary at Woolwich Community Services, with programs being coordinated and supported through the efforts of volunteers.
This past week, Woolwich Community Services launched the “Sometimes…” campaign, a fundraising campaign designed to help the agency build a new $1 million facility.
There are so many reasons this campaign makes sense. Right now, the office is crammed to the rafters, with multiple programs taking place in a very small space. Parking at Woolwich Community Services is at a premium, with only one assigned space in the back parking lot.
Accessibility is limited to the main floor of the building, and privacy is an issue, with few rooms available for the private conversations that clients may want to have about sensitive issues, such as the first visit to use the food bank.
We are excited to see this campaign grow a new home for Woolwich Community Services, a home that is long overdue. A target of $1 million has been set, and, if we know this community, it won’t take long before that target is reached.
Woolwich Community Services has a long history of doing more with less. We know that any money raised will simply add on to that legacy, helping the agency do what it does best — help the residents of our community who aren’t in a position to help themselves.