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  Newsletter No. 22 | August 2015    


Craft Your Change 2015
Organizations We Love!
Remember the 3R's
Joining A Board
Volunteers of Toronto
Opportunities of the Week
Events in the City
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Us

Tamara Doerksen
Founder of Lonny's Smile

“My brother Lonny’s congenital heart defect prevented him from doing many of the things that other kids take for granted. But when Lonny was on his little red tricycle, he felt just like any other kid. I started volunteering so that other kids with medical challenges could feel like Lonny did when he was on his trike.”

Read more stories or submit your own!


Palliative Care Volunteer
Lakeshore Lodge

City Cider Volunteer
Not Far From the Tree

Wii Volunteer in Seniors Home
Bendale Acres

Community Outreach Volunteer
Volunteer Toronto


Scarborough SummerFest
August 27 and September 3

TIFF in your Park
August 28, September 1, 4 and 25

Vietnamese Lantern Festival
September 5


Q: I am new to Toronto. Who can be my reference for a volunteer application?

A: References can be past employers, volunteer supervisors, a fellow colleague, a landlord, a support worker or a friend. References don’t need to live in Toronto, or even in Canada.  The main purpose of a reference check is for the volunteer coordinator to get a second opinion to ensure you are well-suited for the role. The best reference is someone who can speak to your skills and to your personality. If you are unsure who to provide as a reference, feel free to speak to the volunteer coordinator of the role you are applying for. 



Contact Us

344 Bloor Street West, Suite 404
Toronto, ON
M5S 3A7

Phone: 416.961.6888

Fax: 416.961.6859



What are you great at? What unique skills do you have? What do you love doing?

Many people volunteer as a way to use their skills and passions to support causes that are important to them. Volunteers have expertise that can and do greatly benefit nonprofits across the city. Take for example, Sheila, who uses her fitness training skills to lead classes at her local YMCA or Alex who uses their knowledge of bikes to teach others to fix their own. At Volunteer Toronto, we want to make it easy for you to connect with great nonprofits who are interested in your unique skills.

Our annual Craft Your Change event provides an opportunity, over a pint of beer, for people to learn about 15 unique causes and to offer their particular expertise and skills to those nonprofits.

This year’s event takes place on Thursday September 24th at The Loose Moose. Tickets are $15 and include your first pint or two non-alcoholic beverages. Get your tickets today!

What skills would you offer?

 Organizations We Love! 

Toronto Zoo is a living centre for education and science, committed to providing compelling guest experiences and inspiring passion to protect wildlife and habitats. More than 50 million people have visited the Toronto Zoo and seen firsthand the more than 5000 animals in their care since they opened. But that is not the primary measure of their success. Rather, it is the work the Toronto Zoo does to save and protect species and their habitats, in Canada and around the world. They are here because the Zoo is increasingly called upon to make critical contributions in the areas of wildlife care, research, veterinary and nutritional science, and species preservation.

Toronto Zoo Volunteers provide meaningful visitor engagement with an educational focus, to connect people with nature and support the Zoo's Vision of being Canada's national leader in saving wildlife to ensure the rich diversity of nature for future generations.

Volunteer Opportunities currently available with Toronto Zoo:

Year-round volunteer

Panda Ambassador

Looking to volunteer or know someone who is? Remember the 3R's!

Reflect: To start, ask yourself some questions to gain a better idea as to what you want from a volunteer experience. What am I am good at? What skills do I want to use? What experiences would I like to have? What days am I available? How long of a commitment can I make?

Research: Visit our Volunteer Opportunities search page to look for opportunities that match your skills and interests. Read through them carefully to understand the requirements and duties of the role.

Reach Out: Follow the instructions on the posting to apply for the position. Remember that the application process may include submitting a resume and cover letter, being interviewed and reference checks.    

Interested In Joining A Board of Directors? 

Becoming a member of a nonprofit organization’s board can be a meaningful way to apply your experience in the nonprofit sector at the governance level to help advance a nonprofit's social impact.

It can be an incredibly rewarding way for professionals to give back while learning new skills that can enhance their own careers.

Volunteer Toronto is offering a two-hour interactive workshop entitled “Becoming A Board Member” for people who have an interest in volunteering at a leadership level and want to learn more about becoming a Board Director before they commit.

Our “Becoming a Board Member” workshop will take place on
 September 30. Register today!


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Volunteer Toronto Office

344 Bloor Street West, Suite 404
Toronto, ON
M5S 3A7

T. 416-961-6888
F. 416.961.6859

Open To The Public



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