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  Newsletter No. 24 | September 2015    


Supporting Refugees in Toronto
Organizations We Love!
Frequently Asked Questions
Loran Scholars Foundation
Volunteers of Toronto
Opportunities of the Week
Events in the City
Contact Us

Alyssa Bird
Founding Member, Open Streets TO

“That moment was surreal. Every effort that we had put into the program was bottled-up in that moment. People were getting active in new and exciting ways, we were highlighting the diversity of Toronto, and we created an environment where people felt comfortable enough to talk to one another.'”

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Raffle Customer Service Volunteer
Prostate Cancer Canada

Program Entertainer
ESS Support Services

Teas & Tiaras Setup Volunteers
Starlight Children’s Foundation

Microsoft Excel Instructor
Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office


Fall Festival at Gibson House Museum
Sat. Sept 26

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015
Sat. Oct 3 to Sun. Oct 4

Word On The Street
Sun. Sept 27



Contact Us

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

Phone: 416.961.6888

Fax: 416.961.6859


German football fans holding "Refugee Welcome" sign during a recent match.

In light of recent news regarding the experiences of refugees across the world, we encourage you to think about supporting refugees here in Toronto.

Four things you can do:

  1. Volunteer at organizations that support refugees such as the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, a non-profit which aids survivors in overcoming the lasting effects of torture and war. Based in Scarborough and downtown Toronto, they’re currently looking for volunteers to: befriend survivors of torture as they adjust to life in Toronto, tutor English learners, interpret for those who do not speak English and deliver public presentations to increase the Centre’s visibility. Click here for more info, or contact Juliette at or 416-750-3045 ext 205.

  2. Attend events that support the resettlement of refugees in Canada like the Toronto Friends of Refugees’ Annual Community Jam, a music fundraiser on Wednesday, October 7th at Lula Lounge.

  3. Donate to organizations serving refugees like the Canadian Red Cross, Christie Refugee Welcome Centre and Doctors Without Borders. The Canadian government will match your contribution dollar for dollar if you donate between September 12 and December 31, 2015.

  4. Consider sponsoring an individual refugee or family through the government’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program or through the Toronto-based non-profit Lifeline Syria.

Organizations We Love! 

Formerly known as St. Christopher House, West Neighbourhood House works in partnership with the community to promote personal and social change in order to achieve a safe, healthy and accepting society for all.

The organization has about 1,200 volunteers who get involved by delivering meals and visiting seniors, teaching adults, mentoring newcomers, developing arts and sports projects for youth and children, and providing advice to committees or special projects. About half of their volunteers are also participants in their programs. 


Exclusive Membership for Volunteer Drivers, now you don’t need to own a car to get involved as a Meals-on-Wheels Driver! West NH & AutoShare have partnered to offer volunteer drivers a free membership. When you deliver meals, the use of the AutoShare car is free too. Check out this Meals on Wheels Driver opportunity!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do organizations cover my transportation costs when I volunteer?

It really depends on the organization. It's considered best practice for organizations to reimburse volunteers for travel costs, e.g. TTC tokens. Some organizations may cover other transportation expenses like mileage and gas. That being said, there are organizations that are unable to cover any travel costs. Before you begin volunteering, please make sure to clarify with the organization.

Know An Exceptional Student Volunteer?

Loran Award Applications Now Open!

The Loran Scholars Foundation will be granting 110 national university scholarships to Grade 12 students who show character, a sustained commitment to community service and outstanding leadership potential. Thirty of these scholarships are valued at up to $100,000 each over four years, including mentorship and a summer program. You can help recognize student volunteers by encouraging them to apply for the Loran Awards. School-sponsored applications are due October 21, and direct pool applications (without school sponsorship) are due October 28.


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

T. 416-961-6888
F. 416.961.6859

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