Coldest Night of the Year!

CNOY 2021 will be completely virtual this year
February 20-28th 2021!

Coldest Night of the Year is a family-friendly walk to raise awareness and funds for the hungry, homeless, and hurting. Over 80 communities across the county participate.

Shelterlink is hosting another walk this year virtually February 20th-28th, 2021!

Please join us by:

    • Entering a team
    • Joining a team
    • Inviting your friends
    • Donating
    • Volunteering

To Register:

1) Go to the  Shelterlink’s event page;

2) Review the teams and determine if you’d like to join or start a team;

3) Click ‘Register’ (at the top of the page);

4) Click “Start/Join a Team;

5) Click either ‘Start a Team’ or ‘Join a Team’;

6) Go through the six simple steps to register.

*This year you can also register and track your pledges by downloading the new CNOY app for Android/iPhone, check it out by clicking here.

If you have any trouble, please call Shelterlink (519-272-2294) and ask for Bree or email us

Social Media:

To follow this event, like us on Facebook, check out our Facebook event page, and follow us on Twitter.

Past Event:

Stratford/Perth Shelterlink, with the assistance of Blue Sea Philanthropy, organized Coldest Night of the Year walks in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.  We are looking forward to a seventh walk in 2021.

To read more about past events, check out these articles:

Thank you to:

  • Everyone who walked
  • Our volunteers:
    • Rotaract Club of Stratford members
    • Knox Church Kitchen Staff
    • Shelterlink staff
  • Our Lead Sponsor:
    • Mark’s
  • Our Event Sponsors:
    • Cleaver-Brooks
    • Mornington Communications
    • Stratford Nissan/Subaru
    • Vancea Financial Group
    • Libro Credit Union
  • Our Distance Sponsors:
    • Coventry Animal Hospital
    • Home & Company Real Estate

And our other sponsors:

  • Madelyn’s Dinner
  • Revel Cafe
  • Guenther’s Bakery
  • Wendy’s
  • Everyone who donatedThe Scotiabank team who have continued to support us each year at this event
  • Everyone who talked about our event and raised awareness about homelessness in our community

The money raised helps staff to assist homeless youth or youth at-risk of becoming homeless through our shelter (LOFY) and outreach programming.

At Stratford Perth Shelterlink, our mission is to assist homeless youth and those at risk of becoming homeless. We do more than just assist in finding them a warm safe bed — we are actively working with youth to assist them in their pursuits, through education and skills development supports. We were recently the recipients of a grant through the Emergency Community Support Fund in conjunction with the local Stratford Perth Community Foundation. The grant allowed us to purchase laptops and upgrade our internet and purchase supplies for skills development programming. The staff and youth at the shelter are thrilled they will be able to carry on with education and pursue employment opportunities during the pandemic.

Stratford Perth Shelterlink are the proud recipients of a $7000 grant from the Emergency Community Support Fund with the assistance of the local Stratford Perth Community Foundation.

The grant was much needed support to our local Living Options for Youth and Emergency Community Placement Program which assists homeless youth, or those at risk of experiencing homelessness, during COVID 19.  COVID 19 cancelled a major fundraiser for our organization so we are grateful for the assistance to allow our programs to continue and our shelter to remain operational 24 hours a day.

Next Fundraising Event:

Coldest Night of the Year

Shelterlink Fundraising Events:

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Shelterlink Wish List

We could use your help! Shelterlink is in need of the following items for the Living Options for Youth program. Please consider donating.

  • Fans for the summer!
  • Single bed mattress covers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Non-perishable goods
  • Laundry soap
  • Laundry baskets
  • Towels
  • Dish soap
  • Single Bed Sheets
  • Grocery Gift Cards
    • to buy fresh items for our Breakfast Program
  • Staples Gift Cards
    • to buy much needed school and office supplies
  • Quarters for Laundry
    • $0.25 x 4 = 1 load

View the complete list > >