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 Holiday Volunteering in Toronto



Looking to give back this holiday season? 


The holidays are a busy time for everyone; especially for many non-profits that focus on service delivery. At this time of year, organizations are inundated with people looking to give back and volunteer. These organizations are grateful to have reliable, committed volunteers who believe in their mission and desire to better the lives of others.

For this reason, many organizations are in need of long-term volunteers to help support their services year round. This year, we encourage you to not only think about how you can give of your time during the holidays but also year-round to support these organizations.

Check out our blog post "Why You Need To Get A Head Start On Your Holiday Volunteering" to learn more. 

If you are media looking to speak on volunteering during the holidays please get in touch with Cara Eaton, Marketing and Communications Manager at Volunteer Toronto.



Selection of holiday opportunities available:


Rink Ambassador - Evergreen Brick Works

Holiday Meals on Wheels Volunteers: Monday January 2 - Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services

Out of the Cold Breakfast Hosts - St. John the Compassionate Mission

ReStore Volunteer - Habitat for Humanity GTA

Out of the Cold Shelter & Kitchen Help - University Settlement


To find more holiday opportunities search our volunteer opportunities page under the category "Holiday Volunteering."



34 Other Ways To Give Back This Holiday Season!

  1. Host a fundraising event for the
    cause of your choice
    UNICEF has 
    great toolkit to get you started

  2. Help out a neighbour by performing 
    chores or errands.

  3. Make a care kit for the homeless 
    and give them out directly or 
    donate them to 
    Red Door Shelter

  4. Share your holiday celebration with a 
    newcomer to the city.

  5. Adopt-a-Family. Learn how!

  6. Donate a shoe-box of items to 
    a child in need through 
    Samaritan's Purse.

  7. Give blood.

  8. Write letters of appreciation to 
    members of your community 
    (i.e. postal service workers, local storekeepers, cashiers at 
    your favourite store).

  9. Find  a story you loved when you were little and read it to a child.

  10. Organize a coat/warm winter clothing 
    drive and donate items to a local 
    shelter or other organization. 

    Create the Good has great 
    step-by-step instructions. 

  11. Organize a neighbourhood clean-up.

  12. Visit with elderly members of the 
    community, or connect with a 
    senior living facility in your community. Contact 

    Woodgreen Community Services or Central Neighbourhood House. 

  13. Donate your own clothing/toys/etc
    to a local shelter or daycare. 
    Here's where you can donate:
     Oasis Clothing Bank
    Canadian Diabetes Association
    Jessie’s, The June Callwood 
    Centre for Young Women
    and New Circles

  14. At work: Charge admission for 
    casual Friday or holiday party 
    and donate proceeds to a charity.

  15. Adopt an endangered animal through the Toronto Zoo 


  1. Give the practical gift of a work animal to
    someone in a third world country through 

    OxfamHeifer International or 
    The Sh*t Starts Here.

  2. Collect non-perishable food items and donate them
    to organizations such as the 
    Yonge Street Mission
    The Daily Bread Food BankFort York Food Bank
    North York Harvest or Second Harvest.

  3. Donate your air miles to charity, through Air Miles KarmaKarma program where you exchange your miles for a charity gift card or Aeroplan's donation program.

  4. Host an arts & crafts party/event for neighbourhood
    kids. Make ornaments and sell them to raise money for a special cause.

  5. Donate a gift that changes lives by sending a Warmest Wishes kit from the United Way Toronto & York Region

  6. Build a gingerbread house in support of Habitat for Humanity.

  7. Donate items to the Ronald McDonald House Toronto wishlist.

  8. Compliment a stranger.

  9. Pay for someone's coffee anonymously.

  10. Collect books and start a little free library.

  11. Give an unexpected tip to make a servers day.

  12. Bake some holiday cookies and share.

  13. Leave a note of cheer on someone's windshield.

  14. Bring a box of new books to SickKids

  15. Smile at a stranger.

  16. High-five your TTC driver and  thank them for keeping you safe.

  17. Bring treats to the office to share with co-workers.

  18. Bring some blankets, dog food or pet toys to the animal shelter. 

  19. Give a Gift of Light to a person stuggling with mental health issues at CAMH. 


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