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Axes in Action


Founded in 2014, Axes in Action was created to support causes close to home, allowing students to get involved and make a real impact on the community around them. Axes in Action is the Acadia Students' Union charity organization that raises thousands of dollars annually for causes within the community. We are proud to support the S.M.I.L.E. Program, L'Arche Homefires Wolfville and the Acadia Food Cupboard.


Every year during Orientation Week, Axes in Action hosts their BIGGEST fundraiser of the year. With 100+ volunteers, Axes in Action sends groups of student volunteers all over the Annapolis Valley and even extends it’s arm to Halifax where we often encounter fans of S.M.I.L.E. and L’Arche or Acadia Alumni. Proceeds go directly to organizations that have such a big impact on the community and we recognize the importance of helping and contributing whenever, wherever we can!
DATE: Saturday, September 7, 2019
TIME: 9:00am - 1:00pm AST
LOCATION: Annapolis Valley area and Halifax Farmers' Market!

Developed as a way to fight food insecurities on campus, this Acadia Students' Union, student-led initiative provides emergency food and miscellaneous living supplies such as toilet paper and hygiene products to students. The room also provides nutritional information, dietary support, and budgeting tools to all students. The long-term objectives of the Food Cupboard include enhancing food literacy and nutrition on campus through the use of educational programming including community meals, organizing cooking classes, and hosting workshops.

The Food Cupboard is located on the second floor (Mezzanine level) of the Students’ Union Building beside the Peer Support Centre.

Volunteering Opportunities

ASU Food Cupboard Volunteer Opportunity

ASU Food Cupboard Leadership Opportunity



L'ARCHE Homefires was established in Wolfville in 1981, when John MacNeil, Keith Strong,  and Debra and Jeff Moore began to share life together.  What began with one family is now a thriving community serving people with disabilities in five homes, an independent Living Support Program, and three day programs.  Community members live together in mutually supportive relationships and are an active force in society, participating in every aspect of life - employment, local theatre, church, farmer's markets, service clubs and local politics.

L'ARCHE Homefires is about providing a caring place to live and work,  It's also about:

  • Giving people with disabilities a meaningful daily existence and the dignity and self-worth that comes with doing a good job;
  • Taking care of people in their retirement, to develop a sense of respect and belonging;
  • Supporting our aging members and enabling their gifts to continue to be shared with all;
  • Providing meaningful work to new high school graduates and to those who, because of their disabilities, require extra support.




The Acadia S.M.I.L.E. (Sensory Motor Instructional Leadership Experience) Program is an innovative, academic-based, yet volunteer-driven program that provides persons with varying disabilities a unique physical activity experience in order to improve their total development as individuals. To achieve this goal, an individual education plan is developed for each of our participants that includes: water orientation; physical fitness activities to improve strength, endurance and flexibility; and perceptual motor programs to enhance development of body awareness, spatial awareness, temporal awareness and sport skills. All of this is done within a safe environment of play and fun in which Acadia University student-volunteers provide one-on-one instruction to our participants, and in the process, develop their own leadership skills.





Thank you for your interest in donating to Axes in Action! Without your support, we could not do what we do and make such a meaningful impact.
DONATE ONLINE Through the Cajun's Clothing website by clicking HERE, scrolling to the bottom, clicking the yellow "donate" button and selecting Axes in Action.
DONATE IN PERSON on Charity Day or at one of our fundraisers!