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How You Can Volunteer as a Family with Young Children

Posted By Volunteer Toronto, November 13, 2018
 Family Volunteering

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Volunteering is a great way to show young children how important it is to give back to the community but sometimes finding a role for the whole family can be challenging. Most non-profits require children under 14 years old to be accompanied by an adult while volunteering and some may not have suitable roles for children.

If you’re someone who’d like to volunteer with a child you’ve come to the right place, check out these family-friendly roles to help you get started!


Friendly Visiting

Long-term care homes and other senior-serving agencies are constantly on the lookout for volunteers to engage with seniors that would otherwise be isolated. Friendly visiting is an excellent opportunity for those who want to truly make a difference in someone’s life with the power of social interaction and friendship. Most care homes and retirement residences offer similar programming—find one nearby and give them a call to see what’s available.


Meals on Wheels

If friendly visiting isn’t up your alley but you’d still like to help seniors in need, Meals on Wheels is another invaluable program run by many organizations throughout the city. With the help of a car, you and your family can become nutrition heroes for those who are unable to make their own meals. Some organizations even provide a vehicle if you have a valid license and clean driving record! Volunteering has never been so easy!


Community Gardens

Planning to volunteer in the spring or summer? A community garden is the perfect way to spend quality family time together under the sun! You’ll learn about urban agriculture and sustainability and the entire community will be able to enjoy seeing your garden grow. Plus, unlike other volunteer opportunities, your work is edible at the end of the season. Find a garden near you!


Event Assistance

Do you want all the fun of volunteering without making a long-term commitment? Special events offer one-day volunteering options and are often held during evenings or on weekends, when it’s most convenient for families. Search on our website using the event assistance category to check out volunteer opportunities for festivals, fairs, and all kinds of one-time events.


Food Banks

Food banks are always looking for volunteers to lend a hand and are great environment for families. Daily Bread Food Bank is a popular volunteering option, but there are many other organizations and community centres around the city running small food banks that also need your support. Visit 211Ontario to see what food banks operate in your neighbourhood.


You can find these opportunities on our website—search by keyword to find the role you’re most interested in.

Excited to volunteer as a family but not interested in any of these organizations? You can find more opportunities by choosing “2. Suitable for Families” from the “Category” list. Once you find an opportunity you like apply using the instructions at the bottom of the posting.

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