Why Give?

Your gift will make a big difference for the families who depend on Nelson House’s services….

When you give to Nelson House you are giving hope today by investing in the future of women and children who are ready to re-build their lives free of violence.


  • A donation of $25 will give a gift a mental health art kit for kids.
  • A donation of $50 will give a gift of self care package for for women
  • A donation of $120 will give a mental wellness gift for mothers and children. This will include 60 minutes of childcare/activities and self-care package.

Please donate today and help us save lives and build safe new futures!

We need your help to continue supporting women & children escaping violence & abuse. Every dollar counts when a woman flees violence and abuse, and most leave with only the clothes on their backs.  At Nelson House women and children find a safe haven where they can begin, step by step, to rebuild their lives.

Our supporters are often surprised that while the shelter receives funding from the Ministry of Community and Social Services, the shelter must still raise nearly $200,000 every year to continue to deliver essential services and programs to our clients.

Your financial contributions go directly to providing essential, life-saving programs and services for the women and children who reside at Nelson House, as well as the more than 100 families in our community outreach program, like families who have moved out but continue to access counseling supports and our on-site food bank, to stretch their insufficient grocery budgets, as well as women who live in the community and are trying to leave their abusers safely, and more.

We are greatly dependent on the generosity of our community supporters, because without you, we are otherwise unable to provide our families with much-needed programs and services, including donated items that help them rebuild their lives.

Sponsor a Room

Become a yearly sponsor of one of the 11 rooms at the shelter. For $3,000 to $10,000 a year (by room size), you will support every family that stays in the space (average three per year) with welcome packages and all necessary items.

If you would like to make a donation by mail, please send a cheque or money order payable to Nelson House to the address below.

Nelson House
P.O. Box 5381, LCD Merivale,
Nepean ON K2C 3J1

If your address is not on the cheque, don’t forget to send a return address so we can issue a receipt for you!

Nelson House’s charitable number is: 130 630 338 RR0001

Item Donations

Your gift would make all the difference!

Please contact us if you are able and willing to donate much-needed food or toiletry items to Nelson House. To make an item donation to Nelson House, please email the full details of your donation to, to arrange a drop-off or a pickup.

Donations needed all year round are:

  • Gift cards for grocery or department stores.
  • Gift cards for children activities
  • Bus tickets

Clothing & Household Items

Please note that Nelson House only accepts donations of new/unused clothing and undergarments, boots, shoes and toys. We do not accept donations of used clothing, shoes, or stuffed toys (NO EXCEPTIONS).

You are invited to drop off any used clothing or household items at Value Village:  1651 Merivale Rd, Nepean, ON K2G 3K2. Our residents are able to pick items of need from the store for free during their stay with us. This is a valuable resource for our residents and we appreciate your support.

Unfortunately, due to a limited amount of storage available at the shelter, we are unable to accept donations of furniture.  If you would like to donate furniture please feel free to contact the Helping with Furniture.

We will provide an in-kind tax receipt for donations where the fair market value can be clearly demonstrated in accordance with CRA policies and guidelines. If you wish to receive a tax receipt for your donation, please ask for one in your email and provide supporting documentation when the items are dropped off.

If you would like a tax receipt for an item that costs less than $1000, you will need to provide purchase receipts or zero balance invoices. If you would like a tax receipt for an item that costs more than $1000, you will require an independent appraisal.

For more information about tax receipting, visit the Canadian Revenue Agency website.

Fundraising in the community

You can design and host your own peer-to-peer fundraising campaign – to raise money, gift cards, non-perishable food, or new clothes – for the families at Nelson House’s.  These campaigns can be with your friends, neighbours, co-workers, family, or on social media.

These fundraising campaigns also serve the goal of raising awareness about the realities of violence against women in our communities, and the resources that exist for those that may need them.

Statistics show 67% of Canadians know a woman who has experienced physical or sexual abuse. Everyone has their own story or knows someone who has experienced violence and abuse.  This is a great opportunity to take the lead in organizing a community event, where your donation of funds and items have a direct impact.

Create an event or fundraiser anyway you like – from donations at your birthday party, a school BBQ, to neighbourhood garage sale. Let your imagination and creativity guide you to the many ways you can raise funds to support Nelson House’s!

Here are just some ideas:

  • Workplace Raffle
  • Girl’s/Guy’s night out
  • Food Drive (workplace, family, church, school)
  • Gifts in lieu of birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and special occasions (
  • Toy & Baby Drive
  • Baby Shower
  • Sports tournaments (golf, baseball, soccer, football)
  • Award Nights

It is only by working together that we can break the cycle of violence.  Now, more than ever, we need the community to come together to say NO to violence against women.

Remember, when you share why Nelson House and ending violence against women is important to you through a gathering or an event, you just might be saving a life.  Not only will we provide you materials and ideas to help with your event, we will also provide critical information such as recognizing signs of abuse and where to get help.

If you’re interested in creating a community event in support of Nelson House, please contact us at, prior to your event to seek written approval and permission to partner with Nelson House’s and to publicly use Nelson House’s organizational name.


At Nelson House, we’re proud to offer a robust and successful volunteer program. Our dedicated volunteers are incredibly generous with their skills and time, as they are passionate about supporting the women and children at Nelson House.

On a daily basis, we receive a large amount of inquiries about volunteering as an individual at Nelson House. However, we gladly continue to accept applications from prospective volunteers.

There are many opportunities and you are limited only by your interests! Examples of volunteer activities include: assisting with daily lives – cooking, cleaning, organising at Nelson House, administrative work, working in event committees, donation assistants.

If you are interested in volunteering with Nelson House, please send an email to, and include a resume, cover letter, contact details, and a description of your desired area of work OR simply fill the form below.

Please note:

Nelson House requests all volunteers to commit to a minimum period of time of one (1) year for the consistency and stability at the shelter, especially in program areas.

Due to the volume of daily requests please note that you are not guaranteed a volunteer position because you applied.

What happens after you apply to volunteer at Nelson House?

The Community Engagement Coordinator will review submitted applications and respond if there are available positions onsite at the shelter and/or can help you develop your campaign idea.

If Nelson House needs volunteers and the volunteer application has passed initial review, each eligible volunteer is interviewed in-person by the Community Engagement Coordinator At the interview you will be asked to read and sign a confidentiality form.

Before volunteering sessions start:

  • Personal and/or professional references are checked, if needed.
  • Police reference check is required.
  • Once accepted an orientation training will be scheduled.