Circles logoCircles® is a community based initiative that pairs Leaders (community members looking to lead their families out of poverty) with Allies (people of middle or upper income) in order to build intentional and supportive relationships throughout a community member’s journey in becoming self-sufficient.


The Circles® Guelph meetings are celebrated with a shared meal provided by individuals or groups from the community. The Leaders bring with them a special skill or gift and are given the opportunity to share these gifts with the rest of the group at the weekly Thursday evening meetings. Trained coaches, Bang and Bob, lead the program and assist the Leaders and Allies in forming individualized action plans. Presenters are invited and welcomed each week to speak about a topic that is relevant to the Leaders and brings awareness to the resources that are available to them.


The Circles® program has been used in dozens of communities in the US and Canada. Circles® has seen many success stories including business start-ups, as well as dream jobs becoming realty after returning to school. It is a proven and credible program that makes real and ongoing change for individuals and our community.


You can make a difference by becoming an Ally through helping community Leaders take steps towards leading their families out of poverty.


If you are interested in getting involved with Circles® please contact
Bang Ly, Ongoing Support Manager


Visit the Circles® website

Watch Circles® video

Create and donate a meal for Circles®:

Christal explains how the Circles® program was integral in contributing to forward movement in her life.


Circles® is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.


You can support us in providing these powerful programs by donating here.