Pelham Cares was created in January of 1983 to assist in the delivery of social services to people in the Pelham area with particular emphasis on those services not provided by other organizations or agencies. In 2013 Pelham Cares Inc. celebrated 30 years of providing services to the Town of Pelham.
Wayne Campbell, Editor of the Pelham News, summed up the organization in his column on February 28th 2008 "Pelham Cares is a grassroots organization prepared to step in to help those the world seems to have deserted".
Pelham Cares Inc. is not just a food bank. The services provided have evolved from providing food and friendly visiting to include sponsorship of youth to enable their participation in sporting, recreational and educational activities, information and referral, and response in emergency situations. Volunteer drivers also provide transportation to medical appointments.
The services offered by Pelham Cares Inc. are provided by two part- time staff members and large group of very dedicated volunteers, interested in assisting community members in need.
Pelham Cares Inc. has a face in the community and is publicly recognized for the work that it carries out. As the population has grown over the years, the organization has had to expand its programs and services to keep up with the demand. The need to centralize its operations to one location and be visibly accessible to the public became a reality in the Fall of 2006.
The long time dream of owing a facility, to eliminate the ongoing need to relocate, was realized in 2014! Pelham Cares' new home located at 191 Hwy 20 East Fonthill was purchased in March 2014. Services were up and running in the new location in April!The campaign to raise funds for long-term viability had been in the works for several year. In January 2014 the Home for Good Capital Campaign began, the first fundraising effort run by Pelham Cares. With the support of local service groups, and the citizens of Pelham, $250,000 was raised for the purchase of the new home. The campaign will continue to further offset capital expenses. Capital donations are recognized on the Home for Good - Donor Wall, located in the Rotary Club of Fonthill Board Room, at the Pelham Cares location.
Pelham Cares Inc. may be a grassroots type of organization but the needs for its services are very real and recognized by the service clubs, citizens, local businesses, financial institutions, schools and churches which provide food, donate program-specific funds and other services to sustain it. Its operational funding is dependent upon these community partners. Pelham Cares also applies to granting organizations and foundations for funding of special purchases and projects.
- 23 Volunteer Drivers provided their time and their vehicles to transport clients to medical and related appointments.
- 412 requests for transportation were fufilled.
- 414 weekly food hampers were prepared and distributed to Pelham families.
- 46 families experienced the spirit of Christmas.
- 42 families enjoyed a special dinner at Easter.
- 32 Turkeys and Hams and fixings were distributed to families at Thanksgiving.
- 37 children received 73 subsidies through the Youth Services program to participate in programs such as Ballet, Rowing, Soccer, Tennis, Summer Camp, Basketball & school programs.
- Over 80 registered volunteers drove approximately 31,500 km and contributed 5,239.2 hours of service!