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9 Great Volunteering Opportunities for Students in Toronto

Posted By Volunteer Toronto, February 8, 2019
 Volunteering with Kids

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes / Written by Nicole Lewis, volunteer blogger


Volunteering can be an amazing experience that exposes you to new things and introduces you to new people. As a student, If you’re looking to gain work experience, network with others, and learn more about yourself, you’ve come to the right place—here are some great options to get you started:

Habitat for Humanity Great Toronto Area

Gathering nearly 9000 volunteers every year, Habitat promotes responsible home-ownership and works to break the cycle of poverty by providing homes to people in need. Work side-by-side at a build site with a home’s recipient or join a deconstruction team. Not interested in swinging a hammer? You can still help out in the ReStore, where merchandise is sold to cover Habitat’s costs.

Canadian Cancer Society

Volunteers are the bedrock of the Canadian Cancer Society and they make it their mission to provide meaningful roles where you’ll have more impact, against more cancers, in more communities, than anywhere else. Support research by taking part in one of their many fundraising drives. Or get more involved as a member of YouthTroop—where your voice will be heard in planning events and awareness campaigns. You can even lead a project of your own as part of a Youth4Action team.

City of Toronto’s Special Events Office

Toronto is a busy city known for its festivals and parades. These events run on volunteer power and are always looking for smart, enthusiastic people who can help with the logistics and organization needed. Taking part is also a great way to expose yourself to the diverse cultures that call Toronto home. Reach out to the Special Events Office and they’ll tell you what to do.

Toronto Wildlife Centre

Do you like animals of all shapes and sizes? Volunteering with the professionals at Toronto Wildlife Centre you’ll be able to make sure Toronto’s wildlife are safe and healthy. There are lots of ways to help, from spreading awareness and educating the public to caring for and rehabilitating the animals.

Toronto Public Library

The Toronto Public Library is one of the best library systems in the world. Thousands of people visit it weekly to borrow books, movies, CDs, and more. There is a lot that you can do when you are volunteering for the Toronto Public Library. You can guide visitors, become a role-model as a reading buddy, or help struggling students with homework assistance or by recommending tools, like essay writing services in Canada such as EduBirdie. This opportunity is amazing if you’re looking to improve you’re reading and personal skills—and of course, for anyone who loves being surrounded by books.

Evergreen Brick Works

Want to volunteer surrounded by nature? Look no further, Evergreen Brick Works is nestled in the beautiful Don Valley and has some of the coolest initiatives around. Positions range widely—You can guide hikes and bike rides, lead a day camp, garden, and more.

Harbourfront Centre

This spot is particularly busy during summer time. People who visit Toronto for various festivals, movie screenings, shows, and parades, will most probably visit the harbour to enjoy a unique experience. Volunteers make sure that everyone is having fun, that things are running smoothly, and that everyone is safe.

Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto

Community-based, this non-profit provides support, educational resources, and medical services to indigenous women. There are lots of ways to help—you can help raise funds and spread the word, lend a hand organizing and running events, or guide young learners as a tutor.

LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests)

A rewarding volunteer experience to nature lovers, LEAF aims at cleaning up forests, restoring plants, and making sure that Toronto’s greenery gets the TLC it needs. You can get hands-on planting and caring for new green spaces and with community outreach, or you can work behind the scenes helping at their home office or writing a guest blog.


You can find these opportunities on our website—search by “Organization” to find the non-profit you’re most interested in. Once you find an opportunity you like apply using the instructions at the bottom of the posting.


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