Donate to Barrie Out of the Cold

Barrie Out of the Cold’s operations are funded primarily by generous donations from our community. These contributions make it possible for our volunteer-run organization to consistently provide hot meals and emergency shelter to those in need. Support comes in many forms, including cash donations, volunteer hours and food contributions. Here are the ways you can help.


1. Volunteer your time

We always need volunteers to help fill a variety of positions. Please visit our volunteer page for details.


2. Make a cash donation

Cash received through donations goes directly to supporting the operations of Barrie Out of the Cold. This includes purchasing food, cleaning services and much-needed essentials for our guests, such as socks and underwear. Charitable receipts are available for any donation of $20 or more. Click the link below to donate now. Cheques made out to Barrie Out of the Cold may be mailed to Box 27071, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 6K4.


3. Make a cash donation through your church, community group, business or fundraising event

Many organizations choose to make Barrie Out of the Cold the recipient of group fundraising initiatives. We welcome the opportunity to help promote your third-party fundraising event on behalf of Barrie Out of the Cold. Please contact us at donate @ or (705) 331-1396 to discuss your upcoming event.


4. Make a food donation

While we have a team of meal makers that prepare and provide our main meals, we do accept food donations to supplement these contributions. In particular, we need:

  • coffee
  • canned meat (tuna, salmon, ham) and peanut butter for packed lunches for our guests
  • juice boxes and bottled water
  • packaged snacks like granola bars, pudding cups etc
  • bread, rolls

On occasion we also accept donations from catering companies, cooking schools and events. If you would like to make a donation of this type, please contact us at info @


5. Make a clothing donation

Throughout our mid-November to April season we have a high need for specific items that can easily be stored at our host church sites and distributed to guests on an as-needed basis. In particular, we need:

  • long underwear (new)
  • underwear (new)
  • socks (new)
  • boots (new, gently used)
  • heavy winter coats (new, gently used)

If you would like to make a clothing donation please drop off items to our host church locations after 5pm on the evening they are hosting and leave it with a volunteer or coordinator.

Monday: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Tuesday: Bethel Community Church of Barrie
Wednesday/Thursday: St. Mary’s Church
Friday: Trinity Anglican Church
Saturday / Sunday: Collier Street United Church

6. Offer your company’s services

Each season Barrie Out of the Cold benefits from generous in-kind donations from area businesses. Our needs are varied and include everything from laundry service, cleaning supplies and food. We welcome inquiries from businesses interested in supporting us through in-kind or cash donations. Please email info @ barrieoutofthecold. org for more information.


7. Charitable bequest

We are tremendously appreciative of those donations that come to us by way of charitable bequest. Given the complexities that can be associated with setting up a bequest, we recommend that you consult with a legal representative to ensure that your wishes are properly administered. The legal name for which bequests should be directed is Barrie Out of the Cold, Inc.


Barrie Out of the Cold’s Charitable Donation Number is 850640947RR001