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7 Ways to Volunteer in East York

Posted By Volunteer Toronto, May 15, 2018
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They say that Toronto is a city of neighbourhoods—many different neighbourhoods! And we’ve found lots of people want to volunteer close to where they live, either for convenience or so they can get to know their community better. In this blog I’ll be featuring non-profits you can give your time with based on neighbourhoods across the city.

Known for its waterfront, dining, and vibrant community, East York  has a lot to offer locals. Beyond the amenities, they’re also a lot of amazing non-profits working hard to build a stronger East York—If you’re looking to give your time, here are some great places to start:


East York Learning Experience (EYLE)

EYLE provides a free, safe environment for adults with limited literacy skills to learn. They work with clients through every step of their learning, from assessment to independence. EYLE regularly needs volunteers as tutors and fundraisers.

Massey Centre for Women

Massey Centre for Women supports young mothers, tending to both their mental and physical health. They even have their own high school to ensure that young mothers have the option to continue their education. Massey Centre is often looking for help with childcare and administrative duties.

Woodgreen Community Services

Woodgreen is a one-stop shop for anyone in need. They provide help with finances, housing, health, and more to anyone in the East York and Greenwood-Coxwell community. Offering such diverse services, Woodgreen looks to a variety of volunteers for help. Positions include friendly visitors, interpreters, mentors, and Meals on Wheels drivers.

Nisbet Lodge

Nisbet Lodge is devoted to providing high quality senior care that lets their residents live life to the fullest. A welcoming and safe environment for the elderly, Nisbet offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities including meal-time assistance, friendly visiting, and playing music for residents.

Tobias House Resource Centre

Working to create independence for those with physical disabilities, Tobias House provides 24 hour services that range from one-on-one and group support to employment assistance. Volunteers are needed to work with clients, individually or in groups, as well as for clerical and committee work.

Toronto Intergenerational Partnership (TIGP)

TIGP offers programs designed to bring people together—of all age, backgrounds, and abilities. Volunteer as an assistant for a program that catches your eye—working with computers, fitness, home maintenance, and more.

Management Advisory Service (MAS)

Dedicated to improving services across the city, MAS offers pro bono consultancy for Toronto’s non-profits. MAS is always looking for volunteer consultants to contribute their expertise in fundraising, governance, or human resources, as well as for help around their office.


Interested in volunteering with one of these non-profits in East York? Either check out our volunteer opportunities database and search by the organization name, or visit their website directly to reach out and start a conversation about how you can volunteer. 


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