I’ve seen co-founder of the GuelphWire, Eli Ridder, say that “Guelph runs on Facebook.”
After realizing just how many Facebook groups Guelph has, I’m afraid he may be right.
Here is a list of some of the major community Facebook groups that serve as engines of Guelph’s culture, news, conversation, and organization.
Overheard at Guelph
Created in March 2007, Overheard at Guelph started as a trend across university and college campuses to post about what people “overheard” as they were going around their day-to-day.
As time went on, the “Overheard” groups at each institution have grown and evolved as students graduate and community members join.
At the time of writing, Overheard has almost 40,000 members. As it has evolved Overheard at Guelph has developed a strong moderation policy, but is still a hotspot for local news and sick memes.
Guelph This & That
Created in April 2016, This & That lists their group as “the original.” This is a place for community commentary, requests for help with household tasks and, sharing local news.
This group thrives off of community engagement. At the time of writing, the group has over 10,000 members and is constantly growing.
If you live in Guelph and use Facebook, check it out.
CareMongering Guelph – Leaning Into Community During COVID19
Created in March 2020, this group was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic declaration and serves to support the Guelph community by organizing community support, sharing personal downfalls, and runs on the idea that “we are stronger together.”
At the time of writing the group has over 5000 members. With no sign of the pandemic letting up, this is a good time to join the group if you haven’t already.
Guelph Here and Now
Created in March 2020, Guelph Here and Now would be considered a relatively new group to the Guelph community scene, but they have curated an increasing number of members since the COVID-19 pandemic declaration.
At the time of publication, Here and Now has over 1,000 members.
They describe their group as “A place where members of the Guelph community and beyond can share news and information of interest to the local citizen[s] of Guelph and Wellington County.”
If you run a Facebook group based in Guelph with a community focus, we’d love to add it to our list. Please contact Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org. This list will be updated once a week with new or large groups.
(Reporting by Jack Fisher; Editing by Eli Ridder)