Nonprofit Appreciation Week recognizes the “invisible champions” who dedicate their lives to helping people

This week is Nonprofit Appreciation Week in Dufferin County and local restaurants and businesses are showing their love. 

On Friday, February 17th – “Thankful Friday” – more than a dozen cafes, restaurants and food shops are offering anyone who works for a charity or nonprofit organization in Dufferin County a free drink, treat or even a meal. It’s a generous gesture to recognize the people who work tirelessly to care for some of our most vulnerable residents and strengthen the fabric of our communities. 

“To be honest, we were bowled over by the generosity of local restaurants and food businesses,” said Michele Fisher, Executive Director of Dufferin Community Foundation. “The people who staff our charities and nonprofits are highly skilled at helping people and transforming lives, but they don’t make a lot of money. This is a lovely way to say thank-you.”

Recognizing that burnout is a factor for many working in nonprofits, two yoga practitioners are offering free yoga classes this week to anyone who works in the sector. Kimberley Van Ryn from Branching Out Support Services is leading two virtual chair yoga sessions, while Sharon Edmonds from Simply Yoga is holding a virtual session as well as one in-person at Shelburne Physiotherapy Centre.

More than 150 nonprofit organizations serve the people of Dufferin County. Their programs span the spectrum of community needs and opportunities. They range from food banks, shelters and mental health to the arts, sports and recreation, faith, the environment, and more.

Across Ontario, there are more than 58,000 registered charities and nonprofits serving communities. The sector employs more than 850,000 people, 77% of whom are women, and accounts for 7.9% of Ontario’s GDP.

“Not only do Ontario’s nonprofits provide vital community services, they are a major economic driver for the province. This is a week for us to celebrate their heart and compassion, their knowledge and expertise, and what they add to our community and our economy,” said Glenna Banda, Executive Director, United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin.

Community members are encouraged to post stories about local nonprofits and their staff who have touched their lives in some way using the hashtag #NonprofitAppreciationWeek.

Thankful Friday

Anyone who works in the nonprofit sector is invited to visit these restaurants, cafes and food businesses to receive a free treat. Please bring a business card or a letter on your organization’s letterhead showing that you work there.


Curry Mantra – free chai and samosa

The Craft Pizza Bar – free personal New York cheese or Margherita pizza from 12-4pm.

Le Finis – free coffee and croissant

Wicked Shortbread – a sweet treat

The French Press Bistro – free coffee or beverage of your choice

Cobs Bread – free cinnamon bun

Deja Vu Diner – free breakfast up to a value of $12.99


Starbucks Shelburne – free brewed or iced coffee

McDonalds Shelburne – Call to order free carafe of coffee

Jelly Cafe – free cookie

Super Burger/Super Coffee – free treat – ask at restaurant

 Johnny’s Pizza – free soft drink

Champ Burger – free coffee or fountain drink


Red Brick Cafe – free coffee


Appreciation Yoga


Thank you to every local business and organization that is helping to bring well-deserved recognition to our nonprofits. We are pleased to see them getting recognized,” said Dufferin Board of Trade Executive Director, Diana Morris. 

Nonprofit Appreciation Week is being organized locally by Dufferin Community Foundation, Dufferin Board of Trade, United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin, DC MOVES, Headwaters Communities in Action, Volunteer Dufferin and Dufferin County.

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For more information, contact Michele Fisher, Executive Director, Dufferin Community Foundation at or 519-938-0780.

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