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The Working Centre

Raise money for The Working Centre

Every single dollar fundraised by trekkers via peer-to-peer pledges goes directly back into our community through The Working Centre's incredible programs and facilities:

The Working Centre was established in the spring of 1982 as a response to unemployment and poverty in downtown Kitchener. The Centre grew roots in the Kitchener downtown through the dedication of Joe and Stephanie Mancini, a young married couple who had just graduated from St. Jerome’s College at the University of Waterloo. They saw the potential for building a community of interest around responding to unemployment and poverty, developing social analysis and engaging in creative action.

The Working Centre relied on two community animators at Global Community Centre – Margaret Nally and Patrice Rietzel for support, direction and organizational development. Eventually a board of directors was established and the centre’s projects began to develop.

In Ken Westhues book The Working Centre, Experiment in Social Change, he describes the centre in this way. “Two decades later, it has survived as an independent instrument of self-help community development, and has woven itself into the fabric of Kitchener-Waterloo. It has also achieved a certain maturity, coherence and confidence in its approach to work and unemployment and in its conception of itself.”

The Working Centre’s main projects give people access to tools to create their own work combined with continuous ways of learning and co-operating. The Working Centre organizes its projects into six areas; the Job Search Resource Centre, St. John’s Kitchen, Community Tools, Access to Technology, Affordable Supportive Housing and the Waterloo School for Community Development.

The Working Centre is a nonprofit organization with charitable status that is governed by a Board of Directors. This group of dedicated individuals typically serve the organization in this capacity for five to ten years. Our mode of operation is the building of relationships and trust where each member becomes involved in one or two aspects of the Centre’s work in a way that develops first hand knowledge and understanding. We have been fortunate to be served by individuals who have provided long-term stability and foresight for the Centre.


Click on one of our teams below to make a donation.

Team information

Twin Trekkers

Raised: CA$1,852.61

Alert Labs

Raised: CA$1,473.82

Sass & Frass

Raised: CA$1,440.05

Sister Strong

Raised: CA$447.82

O2 Canada

Raised: CA$401.43

Crossing to Safety KW

Raised: CA$108.31

Recent donors

Date Name Amount
Feb 25 Frances Boyle I missed the trek date, but still happy to send along a small donation. Thanks for doing this, Ashley! CA$22.43
Feb 18 Loree Martyn CA$27.80
Feb 17 ALBERT CHAVES Undisclosed amount
Feb 16 Blair Egerdie CA$108.31
Feb 16 Todd Melchin Congratulations Tina. Undisclosed amount
Feb 15 Alisa McClurg CA$81.47
Feb 15 Dave Wall CA$323.00
Feb 15 laura hamilton Thank you for doing this Hannah. CA$27.80
Feb 15 laura hamilton Thank you Ashley for making this trek. I am grateful for your good work. CA$27.80
Feb 15 Y Saunders CA$27.80