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6 Ways to Volunteer in Downtown West

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.

Between culture, shopping, and dining Downtown West  is always buzzing with activity. Amidst all the action there are a lot of non-profits doing great work—if you feel inspired to give your time in Downtown West, here are some ways to get started:


Scadding Court Community Centre

Focused on providing support to under-served populations, Scadding Court offers a variety of programs designed to lend a hand to anyone falling behind. They have a wide range of volunteer opportunities—from childcare to seniors programs, newcomer assistance to scientific education, and many more. Sometimes they even go fishing!


NoJetsTO works to prevent the added noise, pollution, and gridlock that would come to Toronto’s beautiful waterfront if Billy Bishop airport were expanded to allow for jet aircraft. Protect our waterfront by helping with outreach, canvassing, social media, or by joining their steering committee.

Canada Learning Code

Known for their Ladies Learning Code program, CLC seeks to increase access to coding and technical education for everyone, especially under-represented minorities and women. They’re often looking for teachers and mentors—to maintain their impressive 4:1 ratio of students to instructors—as well as general office administration.

University Settlement

University Settlement envisions a healthy, diverse community and works to promote social, cultural, and educational growth. With so many programs volunteers are essential to their work, opportunities include childcare, administrative work, senior assistance, and more.

St. Felix Centre

St. Felix Centre has expanded substantially from its origins as a daycare centre for newcomers. Now they offer a suite of services to the community, providing housing, job preparation, food, clothing, case management, and more! Volunteers are involved in nearly every aspect of the centre’s programs and they’re often looking for generous people to donate their time.

Eva's Phoenix

Offering hope and respite to youth experiencing homelessness, Eva’s Phoenix is an award winning transitional home. More than shelter, they offer educational and employment training, as well as life skills programs designed to give a leg up to everyone that passes through their doors.


Interested in volunteering with one of these non-profits in Downtown West? 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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