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The uprising in Syria has caused many families to flee their homes seeking safety in other countries. In 2015, the Canadian government announced they would support 25,000 refugees and have recently achieved this number. Although the refugees are now safe in Canada there is still a lot work to be done and help is needed by the community.

Daily, we receive requests from generous people in Toronto looking to give their time or resources to help with these newcomers. In response, we have compiled a list of non-profits and community groups who are looking for dedicated volunteers to help. 

We will do our best to update this list as frequently as possible. If you are not able to get to hold of the contact person listed, please be patient. Many of these organizations are under-funded and under staffed which means it may take a few weeks to get a response. 

Are you interested in learning more about helping Syrian refugees? Are you able to work in a team to fundraise and support a family coming to Canada? Come to our information session with LifeLine Syria on Tuesday, September 27 at 6pm to learn more!


Lifeline Syria

Lifeline Syria recruits, trains and assists sponsor groups as they welcome and support 1,000 Syrian refugees coming to Canada as permanent immigrants to resettle in the GTA over the next two years.

Volunteer Opportunities:  Various positions available including Office administration, Case Management of received refugee cases, outreach with Syrian families/settlement assistance, sponsor group recruitment, sponsor group training, corporate outreach/partnerships/fundraising, communications, interpretation, research

Volunteer application

Learn More:

Location: 40 University Avenue, Suite 420, Toronto, Ontario M5J 1T1. 

Contact: For all communication regarding volunteering with Lifeline Syria:, 647-943-6300

Interested in learning more? Come to our information session on Tuesday, September 27 at 6pm.

Furniture Bank

Furniture Bank is a registered charity & social enterprise that collects gently used furniture and household goods from the community, and transfers them to families who have recently transitioned out of homelessness, women and children escaping abusive situations, and refugees and newcomers to Canada. In the process, they help turn houses into true homes.

Volunteer Opportunities Available: Individual or Group Volunteering; Showroom Guide Volunteers, Warehouse Volunteers and Furniture Repair Volunteers

How to Apply: Volunteer Sign Up Page

Location: 25 Connell Court, Unit 1,Toronto, ON M8Z 1E8

Contact:  Noah Kravitz at (416) 934.1229 ext. 723

General email inquiries:       

Central Neighbourhood House

Central Neighbourhood House is the second oldest settlement house in Toronto. They have been working hand in hand with neighbours, helping families settle into the neighbourhood, offering a wide range of excellent programs for children and youth, new Canadians, families, women and seniors. 

Volunteer Opportunities: Need volunteers for interpretation, transportation, shopping for clothing, food, etc. Connecting to cultural/religious services, connecting to recreational activities

Learn More: Volunteering Information Page

How To Apply: General Volunteer Application

Send Completed application form by email to

Location: 349 Ontario Street Toronto, ON M5A 2V8

Contact: Chris Stouffer, Volunteer Coordinator (Home Support) at 416-966-8595 ext. 207 or Chantel Guthrie, Volunteer & Special Event Coordinator at 416-925-4363 ext. 117.

Donate to Syrian Refugee Sponsorship

Mennonite New Life Centre

The Mennonite New Life Centre’s mission is to facilitate newcomer settlement and integration through holistic services and community engagement, carried out within a gender justice and anti-oppression framework. They model an approach that brings together community engagement and community services, working together with newcomers to reduce insecurity and reach integration, strengthen voices and increase social equality.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer Arabic Interpreters and Translators

Learn More: Volunteering Information Page

Location: 1774 Queen St East Toronto, Ontario M4L 1G7 (Also have offices in North York and Scarborough locations)

Contact: Lingling Zhu, Settlement Worker & Volunteer Coordinator at 416-291-3248 ext. 28 ,

The Clothing Drive

The Clothing Drive for Syrian Refugees all started when a member of a Toronto-based group sponsoring a family put a call out on Facebook to help collect winter clothing for the family before their arrival. It has now turned into a volunteer driven initiative to collect gently used clothing across the GTA. The Clothing Drive distributes donated clothing to Canadian Syrian Refugees.

Volunteer Opportunities: Store Managers (Free Store for Syrian Refugees); periodically need volunteer support to help with clothing drive operations.

Location: 1682 Victoria Park Ave, Scarborough (Strip Mall – sign says Value City)


Syrian Active Volunteers

Syrian Active Volunteers is a Non-Governmental Organization that was found to support the Syrian refugees during their transition period in Canada. Since their arrival at the airport, the new Syrian refugees were welcomed by our army of volunteers, and all the way during their stay in the hotels, moving to their houses, and after.

Volunteer Opportunities: Arabic speaking volunteers

Schedule a Volunteering Section

Location: 2550 Dunwin Dr, Mississauga, ON L5L 1J5

Contact: Volunteer Director, Sam at 416-831-5113



The Arab Community Centre of Toronto

The Arab Community Centre of Toronto (ACCT) is a non-profit, non-political and non-religious organization that aims to help all newcomers to Canada, especially Arabs, and to provide a friendly place to socialize and reach services and opportunities. ACCT also provides a focal point for access to various services, including (but not limited to), employment, immigration, and settlement services.

Volunteer Opportunities:  Interpreters (most needed), translators, transportation, tutoring, research, mentors

Learn More: Volunteering Information Page

Location: 555 Burnhamthorpe Road, Suite 209.Etobicoke, Ontario M9C 2Y3.(Head Office) (Also has an office in Scarborough)

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Shadi Shami, at 647-878-4441

Halton Multicultural Council

The Halton Multicultural Council is a community-based settlement agency that provides a variety of programs and services to immigrant and refugee communities. It is a community agency dedicated to enabling every individual, regardless of race or ethnic origin, to participate as full and active members of the community through fostering mutual respect and understanding of one another.

Learn More: Volunteering Information Page

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer with various settlement services; community connections for integration, conversation circles, computer classes, ESL and Arabic Speaking

Location: Head Office: 1092 Speers Road Oakville, ON L6L 2X4. (Also have offices in North Oakville, Burlington and Milton)

Contact: Norma Prado at
905-842-2486 ext. 240

Office For Refugees Archdiocese of Toronto

The Office for Refugees is an office of the Archdiocese of Toronto and is one of Canada's largest Sponsorship Agreement Holders. The location is a short walking distance from Summerhill station with opportunities throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto. In order to become a volunteer with the office one must apply and further be screened due to the sensitive and highly confidential nature of the work performed. For more information about the operations of the Office for Refugees you may visit

Volunteer Opportunities:  Various positions available: administration, reception, event coordination, interpretation, translation, information sessions and outreach work.

Location: As of April 20, 2016, their office will be located at 1220 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor

Contact: Alexandra at, Phone number as of April 20 -  416.934.3400 x810

Woodgreen Community Services

WoodGreen Community Services is one of the largest social service agencies in Toronto. A founding United Way of Toronto member agency, WoodGreen has grown to span 36 locations and serves 37,000 people each year.  The Community Connections Program focuses on supporting newcomers to adapt, settle and integrate into Canadian society and the workplace through various types of activities.  These activities include Mentorship, Conversation Circles and Group Activities.

Volunteer Opportunities: Community Guides who can assist with interpretation, navigating the transit system, providing information on recreation programs, assist with preliminary career search and investigation, Literacy circle

Volunteer application

Learn More:

Location: 815 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4J 1L2 

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Adrienne at 416-645-6000 x.2343




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