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  Newsletter No. 29 | December 2015    


Holiday Volunteering
Organizations We Love
Upcoming Information Sessions
Volunteers of Toronto
Opportunities of the Week 

Events in the City
Good News Toronto
Inspirational Quote
Contact Us

Tyler Miller
Volunteer with Indspire

"I had full-time paid work in the past but had some difficulty managing it over the long term and I found myself quitting a good post. Volunteering gave me a way to start my working career path all over again since I relocated. Volunteering at a real workplace is like learning to get used to the water in the shallow end and mastering the doggie paddle. I appreciate the encouragement and pleasantness from the employers I currently and regularly volunteer with and it helps to combat burnout and boredom also."

Read more stories or submit your own!


Adult Day Services Volunteer Assistant
ESS Support Services

Family Room Volunteer – Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital
Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto

Holiday Meals on Wheels: Drivers and Runners
Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services

World Partnership Walk – Team Managers
Aga Khan Foundation Canada


Lonny's Smile Volunteer Mixer
Thursday, Dec. 10 at 6:00 pm

Toronto Potters Winter Show and Sale
Thursday, Dec. 10 - Saturday, Dec. 12

Winterfest on Toronto's Waterfront
Friday, Dec. 18 - Sunday, Dec. 20

The 26th Annual Kensington Market Winter Solstice Parade
Monday, Dec. 21 at 6:30 pm

We've partnered with Good News Toronto to bring you stories of
people doing positive things in the city!

Local School Inspires Other Students To Sponsor Refugees

Six Things To Do In Toronto This Month


Contact Us

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

Phone: 416.961.6888

Fax: 416.961.6859



The holiday season is here! At this time of year, many people seek out volunteer opportunities to feel connected to something bigger than themselves. Here at Volunteer Toronto, we are inspired each December as we see so many enthusiastic people willing to give back!

Sometimes though, the desire to help by serving meals or wrapping gifts outweighs the amount of opportunities available in the city. But don’t fret, here are some other ways you can give back throughout the holidays:

Check out our entire list of 36 Ways To Give Back on our website or follow the hashtag #31DaysofGiving on Twitter and Facebook!



Organizations We Love

The Kitchen Library is just like your neighbourhood library but instead of borrowing books you can borrow kitchen appliances and supplies! They currently have two library locations in Toronto. The Kitchen Library focuses on improving food and cooking education, supporting sustainable lifestyles and connecting their communities through library services and event programs.






 Has Volunteering Fallen out of Vogue?

Recent studies have shown less people are volunteering now than in previous years. 12.7 million Canadians volunteered in 2013 compared to 13.3 million in 2010. So why are Canadians volunteering less and why should we still continue volunteer despite these reasons?




 1,000 Youth Attend Volunteer Toronto's Youth Expo

You may remember us mentioning our Youth Expo in our October 13th newsletter. Well, we’re delighted to say it was a success! Over 1,000 high school students came to find volunteer opportunities and 72 of our Subscriber non-profits attended to recruit youth volunteers.

One high school student described the event saying “There was a great variety of volunteer opportunities. Everything from arts and crafts to helping young children. It made it easy for everyone to find roles that interest them.”

It will be sure to be repeated next year! Check out our photo album to see the Expo in action.




Upcoming Information Sessions & Workshops


Becoming A Board Member

Ever wondered what it takes to join a board? Find out at one of our upcoming educational Becoming A Board Member workshops. We’ll answer the six most commonly asked questions and will provide you with a pack of resources to make your search for the right board easy.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016: Downtown

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016: Yonge and Eglinton


Leadership talks specifically designed for volunteers from Grassroots or volunteer-run non-profits

Increasing Diversity and Inclusion In Your Organization

Thursday, Jan. 28th 2016, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This interactive workshop will focus on practical strategies for recruiting and retaining diverse people within your organization.

 The Volunteer Times is a bi-weekly e-newsletter that keeps readers up-to-date on the newest volunteer opportunities, special events, volunteer stories and featured organizations from Volunteer Toronto. 

Learn more about Volunteer Toronto and our services


more Upcoming Events

Subscriber Circle: Volunteer Burnout

Becoming A Board Member (Oct 26)

Featured Members
Fix the 6ixHumanizing and supporting Toronto’s homeless with unique donation models


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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