Community Support


Thanks to the generosity of our customers, staff, and owners, we are glad to have supported the following local institutions:

The Ottawa Food Bank

The Ottawa Food Bank acts as a food bank on behalf of those service agencies in the National Capital Region distributing food directly to the needy by arranging for, collecting, processing, storing and distributing to such service agencies the food they need of an appropriate quality, quantity and variety and in an equitable, timely and cost-effective way.

When customers come to our "free" Husqvarna Club, Embroidery Club, or Sit 'n Knit we ask for a donation to the local food bank. Over the past year, our customers have generously donated over a ton of food to the Ottawa food bank.

A Thank You from the food bank.

The Knitting Grandmother

It is with great regret that we note the passing of Hulda "Oma" Erfle, who passed away on December 6, 2014 at the age of 105. A dedicated knitter and kind soul who made and donated almost 2,700 toques for distribution to the Snowsuit Fund, she will be missed by all those whose lives she touched.


Canadian Cancer Society: Relay For Life

The Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life is more than just a fundraiser. It is an opportunity to get together with family and friends and celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and fight back in the hope of finding a cure for this terrible disease. In June 2010 a Yarn Forward team walked the 12 hour relay, and the team rasied $1,904 for the Canadian Cancer Society. In June 2011 the Yarn Forward team raised $1,387. Thank you to everybody who supported us.

The Christmas Exchange

The Christmas Exchange of Ottawa is a volunteer-driven organization headed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Since 1915, Christmas Exchange has been delivering food and hope to eligible families referred each year by churches, schools and social agencies — those who know the need first hand. In December 2009 we contributed $1,391.94 to the Christmas Exchange.

The Kanata Food Cupboard

The Kanata Food Cupboard's primary mission is to collect and distribute food products to self-identifying individuals requiring emergency food service.

Services are provided to all residents of the community, regardless of race, ethnicity, ability, age, sexual orientation, income or religion. The organization is non-sectarian, non- denominational, non-partisan, working for the best interests of its members and clients

Our customers are requested to bring a donation to the local food bank when they come to the "free" Knit 'n Sit every Thursday.

The Snowsuit Fund of Ottawa

The Snowsuit Fund is an Ottawa-based charity that raises funds for the purchase and distribution of snowsuits to needy children, 15 years and under, in our community.

The Snowsuit Fund is just one social organization working to deal with the consequences of poverty in our region. But like so many of our sister organizations, the demand for The Snowsuit Fund's services continues to grow. In our 2008/2009 season, The Snowsuit Fund distributed nearly 15,000 new snowsuits.

In over twenty-five years of operation, The Snowsuit Fund has managed to meet the challenge of keeping underprivileged kids warm during our cold winters. They have also brought dignity and hope to families who simply do not have the means to provide their children with the necessities for living. The benefits of their service are far-reaching for both individuals and our community as a whole. Ultimately, one cannot put a price tag on a child's smile.

Over the 11 years that Yarn Forward has supported the Snowsuit Fund, our customer's have knitted over 1,000 hats, scarves, and mitts each year for the fund. If our customer's need yarn to knit, we have a stash of yarn, also donated by our customers from which we can draw.

University of Ottawa Heart Institute

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is Canada's largest and foremost cardiovascular health centre dedicated to understanding, treating and preventing heart disease. We deliver high-tech care with a personal touch, shape the way cardiovascular medicine is practiced, and revolutionize cardiac treatment and understanding. We build knowledge through research and translate discoveries into advanced care. We serve the local, national and international community, and are pioneering a new era in heart health. As an academic institution we are part of the School of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and as a subsidiary of The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) we are responsible for all cardiovascular care.

In September 2009 Yarn Forward had a fund raising weekend for the Heart Institute, and we raised $1,337.42

The Weekend to End Breast Cancer

Be part of a life-changing, world-changing event - The Weekend to End Breast Cancer benefiting the Fondation du cancer de la région d’Ottawa. During one amazing weekend, you will unite with thousands of women and men to walk, fighting all women's cancers, step by step. You’ll raise at least $2,000 for the full unforgettable 2-day, 60km walk or $1,250 for the 1-day 30km walk to benefit the Fondation du cancer de la région d’Ottawa. And in one weekend, you will do something amazing.

In June 2009, two members of our staff, supported by the generous donations of friends, family, staff, and customers raised over $2,000 for this event, and both members of staff walked the 60km walk.

The Warm Hands Network

The Warm Hands Network is gathering and shipping hand-knit hats, socks, mittens, gaitors, sweaters and blankets (no scarves please!) for 2 great causes:

1. The Innu children of Northern Labrador. These items will be distributed through the a collective of Innu women in the communities themselves.

2. The Warm Hands Network is shipping to Mongolia through the Dulaan Project.

Our customers have knit many items for this group, and Yarn Forward is glad to accept and forward items for the Network.