There are a number of initiatives in the community that help with acute needs. At the community centre, which was created in 1997 and is run by the House of Friendship and Region of Waterloo, among other partners, a number of longtime volunteers help with initiatives such as food distribution weekly on Thursdays.
On top of addressing the acute needs, there are also programs that allow the community to build its own leaders.
One of those programs is the Neighbourhood Hub, which is a local program run by Adventure for Change. The Neighbourhood Hub, located centrally at Albert and Hazel Streets, holds programming for youth and adults, providing an opportunity to learn new skills or even just have a place to go after school is out.