Fundraisers & Events

Here at Start Me Up Niagara, we host several fundraising events such as our famous pasta nights, the annual Coldest Night of the Year walk, and the popular Harvest Fest. Additionally, we partner with groups such as The Shoebox Project Network, Delta Bingo Sponsor Association, the National Giving Tuesday movement, and others that provide us with additional funds or in-kind donations to provide for our participants.

These initiatives support our Drop-In Centre, housing, and other much-needed programming we offer.

Join Us!

We would love to have you get involved with our fundraising initiatives and events. Our participants need our help to nourish their bodies, provide warm shelter, get access to medical resources, or even work towards getting employment in our community. We rely on people like yourself to make our efforts in serving our community a success.

Our largest event, the annual Coldest Night of the Year, helps give those who have a home the experience of what it is like to be outside in a Canadian winter's frigid conditions and experience what our participants feel daily. We are always looking for people to join us in the fight to help the homeless in our community. We provide toques to those who hit a specific fundraising target. It is a great community event to be involved in, whether you are walking, volunteering, or donating. Create a team, raise funds, recruit members, and walk with us! With the help of over four hundred and twenty walkers, we were able to raise 114% of our goal in 2021.

Other initiatives, such as Pasta Dinners or our Harvest Fest, are important fundraising events that support our programming. Our whole team here at Start Me Up Niagara gets involved by contributing, volunteering, and bringing guests to help us support our goal, and we hope you do the same!

You can help us in a variety of ways, such as donating food, donating time, purchasing the meals, or coming to any of our events. If you have questions on how you can help, reach out to us at, and we would be happy to collaborate on new, exciting ideas with you.

Coldest Night of the Year

Once a year, we host our largest fundraiser where we walk on a cold night to raise money for the homeless, hurting and hungry in our community.

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Support Our Work

Your donations go directly to frontline service and supports for our participants who experience homelessness and other mental health and addictions issues.

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