IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the demolition of our home in the the Old Fire Hall, we can no longer take donations other than clothing, unless prearranged.  We have a list of families who are in need of beds, furniture, etc., and can try to arrange for direct pick up and delivery.  However, we can no longer store items, as we will be moving into smaller, temporary housing.


How to Donate New and Used Items or Food:

Below is a list of items that people donate. Please call in advance, as we cannot accept all goods.  We can try to arrange for pick up of large items, such as furniture, depending on the availability of volunteers.  We are a registered charity, so if donated items have a value above a certain amount we may be able to provide you with a tax receipt.

Clothing: We accept clean clothing in good condition. Children’s and men’s clothing are especially needed. Winter clothing, especially X-Large jackets and gloves are in high demand during the winter months, but we have enough toques and mittens.

Furniture & Household items: We accept all sorts of items, from wooden spoons to a queen sized bed. Some of the items are sold at our fundraising garage sales to help pay the bills, and other items may be donated to a family in need. For large items please contact us to see if we have someone who needs it, as we do not have storage room.

Food: We are not a food bank, but we do give out food on an emergency basis or for special events, and appreciate donations of food items. Please call before hand to arrange such a donation.  We have freezers to store food that may be perishable.

Special Items: Sometimes we make special donations. For example, at Christmas and other times, we accept wish lists from families in need and then arrange an “Adopt a Family” program, where anonymous volunteers buy or donate those items on the family’s list. Please contact us if you are interested in joining this fun activity.

Computers & Monitors: We are a bit swamped with old computer parts, so please make sure your computer is at least Windows VISTA or newer (or the equivalent in Macintosh).  We are always looking for good flat screen LCD monitors, but can no longer accept CRT monitors.

Arts & Crafts: Don’t forget, you can always help us out by donating items for our Garage Sales (household goods & arts & crafts) or Silent Auctions (fine art, including original paintings and carvings).  Look for announcements throughout the year, and on our Facebook page.

How to Make a Financial Donation:

Although we receive some grant money, the funds to pay day to day bills that keep our House in operation comes in the form of garage sales, rentals, car washes, and individual donations. Your donation will probably be used to pay off a bill within days of donating! So each donation, no matter how small, will be appreciated. Since we are a registered charity, you will receive a tax receipt for your contribution. We honour any request to make donations anonymous.

1. In person: You can make a financial donation at the office downstairs while we are open. Please make cheques payable to “Cowichan Neighbourhood House Association”.

2. Mail in: If you prefer to mail in a cheque, please include your current contact information so that we can send you a tax receipt. Please make cheques payable to “Cowichan Neighbourhood House Association”.

3. Online via credit card: you can also use the Donate Button, which will bring you to our Canada Helps account. Please note that Canada Helps will send receipts for online donations.

4. Monthly giving: Speak to us about arranging a monthly giving plan.  (If you use the Canada Helps monthly plan, a 3% service fee is charged for every donation through them).


Cowichan Neighbourhood House Association
9806 Willow Street, Box 457
Chemainus, BC, V0R 1K0
Phone: 250-246-3203
E-mail: cnhaoffice (at)


Located in North Cowichan, on Vancouver Island. We are a non-profit volunteer run organization
providing community, youth, and family activities, resources & services for
Chemainus, Crofton, Duncan, Ladysmith, Saltair, Penelakut,
and other areas in the Cowichan Valley.

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