Community Service

Charitable Trust  

In early December we hold a Charitable Trust dinner in memory of the 14 women killed December 6, 1989, at the École Polytechnique in Montreal.  Money donated by members at the dinner is sent to the CFUW Charitable Trust, which awards scholarships to a postgraduate female student studying a topic of relevance to women.  For information on how to donate, go to  During the pandemic members have been meeting at City Hall for a candle-lighting ceremony instead of holding a dinner. 

Christmas Gifts to Transition House and True Self

Each Christmas, at our annual December Christmas celebration, we bring wrapped Christmas gifts for women and children to be delivered to Transition House and True Self.  Nipissing Transition House is a 20-bed shelter located in North Bay, Ontario, dedicated to ending violence against women and the toll it takes on families and our community.  True Self strives to provide streamlined access to services that promote the safety, self-sufficiency and wellbeing of individuals and their families by fostering a structured collaborative community response.


International Connections:  Supporting Rural Schools in Tanzania

For almost 20 years, CFUW North Bay has supported rural schools in Tanzania East Africa. From 2004 to 2010, support was given to the rural schools in the Dodma area, central Tanzania.  Since 2010, the Montessori Under the Tree Oltepesi, northern Tanzania, has been given generous support by our members.  From a setting in the sand under a tree, to a thatched framework to the more permanent building, we have seen how our donations have made a difference in the lives of Maasai children, their teachers, and their whole community.  First hand experiences by Brenda Robertson, most recently in 2020, has brought us photos and stories to share with our members.

Gift of Reading

For many years during the first week in March, to celebrate International Women's Day, our club, along with other CFUW clubs, has participated in The Gift of Reading.  Volunteers from the club choose a senior kindergarten class in the district and visit the class, distributing one book to every pupil.  They then stay to read and discuss the books with the children.  In 2019 this event took place on March 4 at Phelps Public School.  There have been no visits to schools during the pandemic.

Issues and Advocacy Committee

Information about issues is forwarded to us from both the national office and Ontario Council, which gives us direction on taking action.  Issues and Advocacy Committee members study and discuss the resolutions thoroughly and made recommendations to the membership at the resolutions meeting in April. Their presentations are followed by discussions by the members of the club and then are voted on. 

CFUW continues to exercise its responsibility to speak out on issues of concern and to take action. We are fortunate to have an enthusiastic, dedicated and knowledgeable Issues and Advocacy Committee. We appreciate the support of our membership and encourage members to join the advocacy work of CFUW North Bay.

This committee meets monthly on different days and at different times, depending on the availability of its members.  Again in 2022-23 meetings are on Zoom.  For current information about this committee click on the links on the right side of the home page.

Additional Community Partnerships

Starting in November 2014 and continuing into 2021-22, CFUW North Bay members supported the AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area (ACNBA) by donating items for their Bathtub Project.  The project’s goal is to fill a bathtub with items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine products, razors, hotel shampoo, soap, toilet paper, and other hygiene supplies.  Donated items are packaged by the staff at the ACNBA and distributed to their clients through the outreach program.

Sock It to Us! is another ACNBA project started in 2014 and continuing into 2020.  Its purpose is to provide warm socks to those in need.  CFUW North Bay members have been donating gently used or new socks and bringing them to meetings to place in the collections bag. 


The third ACNBA project with which the club is helping is The Red Scarf Project.  ACNBA still needs  scarves and will use them to raise public awareness on World AIDS Day on December 1.  Members of our club have donated red wool, knitted scarves, and participated in World AIDS Day.

The CFUW North Bay Cool Cats participated once again on February 24, 2018, in the North Bay Coldest Night of the Year. Together with 28 supporters of members, family and friends and raised $560 for the Gathering Place. The Coldest Night Event is the major fund raiser for the Gathering Place. Our club’s members continue to support this event each year.