Welcome to CAB

We’re glad you’re here.

Thank you for your interest in The Cowansville Volunteer Centre or CAB as it is known in the community. We welcome our English speaking neighbors. Whether you are here to learn more about volunteering or to get information about one of our services—we hope you find what you are looking for. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or drop by. We look forward to seeing you soon!

We do three main things:

1. Organizational Support

If you are an organization interested in integrating volunteers into your ranks, please download the Organizational Support PDF as a starting point.

For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 450-263-3758.

2. Connect people who want to volunteer with positions in the community

Are you interested in volunteering in the community? Do you have an idea for a new program that responds to a need in the community? Please download the Volunteer in the Community PDF as a starting point.
For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 450-263-3758

The JeBenevole Website

Jebenevole.ca logo

All of our volunteer positions are posted on the JeBenevole.ca website. We are in the Montérégie region.

Have questions? Please get in touch with the volunteer coordinator at 450-263-3758. There are always new postings coming up.

3. We offer volunteer run services and classes to the community. Check them out below:

Our Services

All of our services and classes are provided by volunteers. Need more information? Call us at 450-263-3758.

The Cowansville Foodbank

The Cowansville Foodbank

Getting safe, nutritious food to people through the foodbank is a community effort. We are part of a network that includes farmers, grocery stores, food distribution chains and volunteers committed to getting food to people in need.

Open Every Tuesday

Every Tuesday the food bank service provides emergency food baskets to individuals and families experiencing food insecurity. Food baskets consist of staple foods that can be prepared to serve adequate meals. Individuals and families receive between 5 and 7 days worth of food.

To Make An Appointment for Food Pick-Up

The food bank works by appointment only and is open for food pick-up every Tuesday between 8:30am and 12:00pm, and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

To make an appointment for food pick-up please call the Volunteer Center at
450-263-3758 Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 12:00pm and from 1:00pm to 4:30pm to register.

If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call. This allows us to help someone on our waiting list.

Tuesday Food Pick Up

Please bring one piece of photo identification. You will also need icepacks and bags to carry your food home in.

Donating Food

Donations are always welcome and can be dropped off during business hours at The Volunteer Center. Please don’t leave donations outside.

Residents of the following areas are eligible for this service:

East-Farnham, Adamsville, Cowansville, Dunham, Frelighsburg, Lac Brome, Knowlton, Brigham, West Bolton, Sutton and Abercorn.


Cowansville Foodbank
203 rue Principale, Cowansville, Québec.
Located in the basement of Emmanuelle Church

Medical Transportation

How Much Does it Cost?

The fare depends on many factors. Please call us and we will let you know how much it costs.

Who Is Eligible For the Medical Transportation Service?

  • Residents of the towns of Abercon, Adamsville, West Bolton, Brigham, Brome, Cowansville, Dunham, East-Farnham, Frelighsburg and Sutton are eligible
  • Seniors aged 65 and over who need help getting to a medical appointment
  • People who are able to enter and exit a vehicle independently. No wheelchairs.
  • Anyone in need of hemodialysis treatment, organ transplants or cancer treatment (no age requirement)
  • The destination of the transport must be within a radius of 150 km. Maximum 300 km a day.

How do I request medical transportation?

Please call at least 48 hours before your appointment.  Call 450-263-3758 Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 12:00pm and from 1:00pm to 4:30pm to request Medical Transportation.

The trip will be assigned to a volunteer driver. The volunteer driver will contact you to confirm the date and time of your appointment.

The Day of Your Appointment

Please be ready for pick-up 10 minutes before the scheduled time of departure. No smoking, eating or drinking is permitted in the transportation vehicles.

What happens if my appointment runs into meal times?

We ask that you buy the volunteer driver a meal. We suggest around $10 for breakfast and around $15.00 for lunch and dinner.

Information Services

Volunteers Helping Seniors and Caregivers Find the Information They Need

Information Services for Seniors and Caregivers

Do you need help finding information on the various federal, provincial and municipal government, health and social services that are available to you?

Information on medical services, housing, tax and retirement income, home care, support for caregivers, hearing aids, loss of autonomy, security, complaints about health services and social services, financial assistance, volunteer or community-based community support services are all examples of information we help people find.

How much does it cost?

The service is free.

Who is the service for?

This service is for people 50 years and older and caregivers.

What are some other reasons people call the service?

  • home adaptation
  • housing allowance
  • low-cost housing
  • refusal to rent discrimination
  • cancellation of a lease by the tenant
  • home care
  • retirement income
  • questions regarding taxes
  • grandparents’ right of access to grandchildren
  • prior arrangement contract for funeral services
  • government action plan to counter elder abuse
  • prepare or amend a will

How do I obtain this service?

Call 450-263-3758 Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 12:00pm and from 1:00pm to 4:30pm to register.

Residents of the following areas are eligible for this service:

Adamsville, East-Farnham, Brigham, Cowansville, Dunham, Frelighsburg, West Bolton, Knowlton, Brome, Sutton and Abercorn.

Income Tax Services

The income tax service is available year round. However, we strongly encourage people to come during tax season, from late February to the end of April.

What are the eligibility criteria?

Current maximum income:

  • Single person income of $ 25,000 or less
  • A couple $ 30,000 or less, (each additional dependent $ 2,000);
  • Single adult with a child $ 30,000 or less (each additional dependent $2,000)

Investment income, such as interest and dividends, must not exceed $ 1,000 in all cases.

We do not prepare income tax returns for:

  • a deceased person;
  • bankrupt persons;
  • persons with capital gains or losses,
  • self-employment or rental income, or employment expenses.

How do I obtain this service?

The Income Tax Service is available all year long.

1- Drop off: Bring your documents in an enveloppe with your name and phone number and insert them in the slot in the front door. (Anytime)

2- Internet:  Take a picture or scan your documents and send them by E-mail at impots@cabcowansville.com 

3-  Pick-up at home: Call the cab at tel: 450-263-3758 Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 12:00 pm or send a E-mail at impots@cabcowansville.com to scedule the pick-up.

After your income tax report is complete a volunteer will call you to advise you of the results and ask your permission for the transmission.

Your documents will be return to you home directly.

What Documents Do I Need To Have?

Before brinning your enveloppe have all the necessary documents for your tax return. (see items below). If one or more documents are missing a  volunteer will call you.

  • T4 slip for each job (work income)
  • Relevé 1 for each job (work income)
  • Relevé 5 (Employment Insurance)
  • Relevé 31 Tenant (except HLM)
  • Municipal tax account (if owner)
  • Medical receipts

For people 65 years old and over:

• T4A
• Relevé 31 Tenant (except HLM)
• Municipal tax account (if owner)
• Relevé 19 (70 years old and over who stays in residence)

People with children must bring:

• RC62 slip (UPC)
• Daycare receipt
• Receipts for activities for children


• If you are certified for the disability tax credit, please bring the government documents

How much does income tax service cost?

We ask for a voluntary contribution to complete an income tax return.

Friendly Home Visits

The purpose of this service is to connect volunteers with someone who might be isolated and in need of social connection. Chatting, playing board games, cards and crafts are some activities our volunteers and service applicants have enjoyed. Visits can be regular or on an ad hoc basis. Visits are generally once a week around 1pm. No personal care or housecleaning is provided by the volunteer during visits.

Who is the Friendly Visit service for?

  • Anyone living alone in a home or residence.
  • Anyone who is isolated
  • Anyone who is recovering from illness who may be experiencing a slight loss of autonomy
  • Anyone who has recently lost a loved one

I would like to receive Friendly Visits. How do I register?

Call 450-263-3758 Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 12:00pm and from 1:00pm to 4:30pm to register. Your request will be forwarded to the Friendly Visit Coordinator.

Initial Home Visit

The Friendly Visit Coordinator will contact you to arrange a home visit. The meeting is designed to better understand your needs so we can match you with someone who is likely to be a good fit for you.

Please note that there may be a waiting period before finding the best person for you.

Second Home Visit and Follow Up

Once we have selected the volunteer who will visit you, another home visit will be arranged with you, the Coordinator and the volunteer. The duration of the first meeting is approximately one hour. The role of the Coordinator is to facilitate the first meeting and to introduce you to your new volunteer. An agreement will be made between you and the volunteer to determine the frequency of future visits.

The Friendly Visit Coordinator will follow up with you to see how things are going for you.

Residents of the following areas are
eligible for this service:

Adamsville, East-Farnham, Brigham, Cowansville, Dunham, Frelighsburg, West Bolton, Knowlton, Brome, Sutton and Abercorn.

Community Meal

Every Tuesday we host a community meal in the basement of The Emmanuelle United Church at 203 rue Principale in Cowansville. Lunch is $6. The doors open at 11:30 am. Lunch is served at noon. Everyone is welcome.

Check for this weeks menu on our homepage (French).

Our Classes (All run by Volunteers)

Knitting Group

Our mission as a group is to knit scarves, hats and other knitted objects to donate to different charitible organizations in Cowansville. We knit with wool donated to us by the community. Knitting together in a group allows us to exchange skills and tricks while we socialise and have fun. The volunteer responsible for the knitting group is Denise Robert.

Cost : Free

Winter 2020 Session

Every Monday January to May
In the CAB Conference Room

To Register

No need to register, just come.

Computers for Everyone

Computers for Everyone is a class offered by Claude Coderre. The class offers individual and group support to learn how to work with computers and smart devices. Whether you want to use Microsoft Word or Excel or learn how to use your tablet or smartphone, we are here to help! Bring your questions and together we will find the answers

Cost : Free

Winter Session 2020

1pm – 3pm
Every Tuesday from  January 6th  to June 16th 2020
In the CAB Conference Room

To Register

Call 450-263-3758 to register or email us at info@cabcowansville.com

Urban Walking Group

Walking is an activity for everyone regardless of your fitness level. Walking in a group provides motivation and is a great opportunity to meet new people. Each session we will walk for 45 minutes taking a different course each week for 10 weeks (canceled in case of heavy rain). Citizen Initiative by Jani Bolduc and André Goyette. We hope to see you.

Cost : At the end of the session we ask for a donation to the Cowansville Volunteer Centre

Spring Session 2020

9:30am to 10:45am (Please arrive 10 minutes early)
Wednesday, April 8th to June 18th, 2019

To Register

Call 450-263-3758 or email us at info@cabcowansville.com

Bone Building

90-minute exercise program to prevent osteoporosis. The workout is non-cardiovascular and focuses on light weight training. This program takes into account the individual level of health and allows people to go at their own pace. Citizen’s initiative of Jean-Pierre Gauvin..

Cost: A donation to the Cowansville CAB at the end of the session

Winter and Spring Session 2020

6th of January to the 4th of June 2020

To Register

Please call 450-263-3930