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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.

 

Nicole Lewis is a prominent writer with massive experience in writing guides that are meant to help students to make good life choices. Besides this, she works as a professional writer with many companies and is very passionate in assisting students who are facing challenges in writing their assignments so that they can improve their grades.

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How to Include Volunteer Experience on a Resume

Posted By Volunteer Toronto , January 18, 2019
Updated: January 18, 2019
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Estimated reading time: 3 minutes | Written by Josh Carlyle, volunteer blogger 


Looking for work is harder than ever and it’s important to give yourself every edge you can. Volunteering is a great way to bolster your resume and help you stand out from the crowd.

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Volunteer experience can help make up for a lack of direct work experience, fill in gaps in employment to show that you’re eager and active, and can help you set out on a new career path by developing new skills that your current job doesn’t use. More than that, volunteer experience gives your resume personality and lets hiring managers know who you are.

That said, it can be tricky to effectively include volunteering on a resume or job application. Here are some important things to consider when listing your volunteer experience on your resume:

 

Where should volunteer experience be mentioned?

It’s important for hiring managers to know which experience is paid and which is from volunteering. This means that most resumes should list volunteer experience in a separate section after work experience as listing both in the same chronological section can easily be confusing. A separate section will be more clear, easier to read, and catch recruiters’ attention.

However, if you don’t have much paid work experience under your belt, you can opt to include both paid and volunteer experience in the same section. If you do so be careful to clearly label volunteer positions and to title the section “Experience” so as to not mislead anyone.

 

How long did you volunteer for?

It’s useful to consider the length of your volunteering when considering how to list your experience because long-term volunteering will carry more weight than short term positions.

 If you have a number of short-term positions it’s usually enough to list the year when you volunteered and the organization you were helping. Long-term volunteering can be expanded a bit more—use that space to describe the role and how you made it your own like you would for your work experience.

 

What information is most relevant to your application?

Hiring managers read a lot of resumes and they read them FAST. If something isn’t relevant to the job posting it will often be passed over. So take your time and consider how each of your volunteer experiences relates to the position you’re applying for. Be sure to focus on the most relevant parts and don’t be afraid to leave irrelevant details out, you’ll have an opportunity to expand on your resume if you’re selected for an interview.

This doesn't mean that you should exclude volunteering that SEEMS irrelevant however. Often, a volunteer role may seem unrelated to a particular job but actually offers a number of ‘soft skills’ that help make your case. Things like teamwork or leadership skills, time management skills, and communication skills are all great things to include.

When writing your resume make sure to give the best possible impression of yourself that you can. Use a professional tone and focus on how all of your experiences contribute to the value that you offer employers.

With these tips and tricks, we hope you'll consider including volunteer experience in your resume!

 

Josh Carlyle is a writing expert and marketing manager at Write my essay today, who is experienced in content creation and copywriting. Working at Writing Guru , Josh is aware of the latest trends in education as well as online business. He is always willing to share his knowledge and ideas and write for the blogs from the insights of a professional businessperson.

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5 Ways to Volunteer Helping the Environment

Posted By Volunteer Toronto, November 13, 2018
 Volunteering with Kids

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

Trying to live green? Volunteering is a great way to start. Whether you’re passionate about sustainability, gardening, or just want an excuse to spend more time outdoors, there are many ways to support the environment as a volunteer. Here are some of our favourites.

 

Evergreen Brickworks

Located in Toronto’s beautiful Don Valley, Evergreen Brickworks is home to some of the city’s coolest environmental initiatives. As a volunteer at Evergreen Brickworks you can dive into nature with an active, outdoor role or become an nature expert that educates the community. There are opportunities to get involved in gardening, festivals, and special projects.

 

Toronto Botanical Garden

Fans of gardening and nature are sure to find something to be passionate about at Toronto’s Botanical Garden. Located in North York near Lawrence and Leslie, they have volunteer roles ranging from hands-on work in the gardens and running organic farmers’ markets to guiding tours of its parks, gardens, and ravines.

 

High Park Nature Centre

Join the mission to spread environmental awareness with the dedicated folks at High Park Nature Centre. As a leader at one of their after-school, weekend, and summer camps to instil the value of environmental stewardship to children and youth. You can also help out in their beautiful garden!

 

Toronto Wildlife Centre

Interested in working with Toronto’s wild animals? Join the Toronto Wildlife Centre’s dedicated team of volunteers near Downsview Park in Toronto’s West End. There are lots of ways to contribute, from helping orphaned animals in the Wildlife Nursery to educating the public about the species that call Toronto home.

 

Farmer's Markets and Community Gardens

Farmers’ markets and community gardens are great places to connect with other people who care about the environment. Farmers markets attract people who are passionate about sustainable agriculture while community gardens bring together those who are committed to creating and maintaining green spaces in the city. Find a farmers’ market or community garden near you!

 

You can find these opportunities on our website—search by “Organization” to find the non-profit you’re most interested in.

Excited to volunteer supporting the environment but not interested in any of these options? You can find more opportunities by choosing “Environmental Positions” 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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5 Animal Welfare Organizations to Volunteer With in Toronto

Posted By Volunteer Toronto, November 13, 2018
 Volunteering with Kids

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

Do you want to volunteer helping furry friends of all shapes and sizes? Whether you are an eager student looking for veterinary experience, someone who would like to get to know different animals before choosing a pet, or simply an animal enthusiast—finding a volunteer position supporting animals can be easy!

 

Toronto Cat Rescue

The name says it all—Toronto Cat Rescue takes in cats that are ill, orphaned, geriatric, or who do not thrive in the shelter environment. They prepare cats for adoption so that they can find their forever home and stay out of the shelter system permanently. They often have openings for volunteers to help with adoption administration or counselling, drivers, and in their store.

 

Action Volunteers for Animals

Action Volunteers for Animals works with the community to improve the lives of feral, stray, and companion animals. They are 100% volunteer run and always on the lookout for fosters to care for animals before permanent adoption. Aside from fostering they have a wide variety of volunteer positions, from lending a hand in their adoption centre to community outreach, or even doing research from home.

 

Cat Busters Animal Rescue

Cat Busters Animal Rescue (CBAR) is a grassroots rescue organization that looks to rescue, rehabilitate, foster, and re-home companion animals. They don’t have a shelter, so all rescued pets are housed in foster homes. Cat Busters often need help with their adoption days and fundraising as well as drivers and even craft making.

 

Toronto Wildlife Centre

The Toronto Wildlife Centre is a non-profit organization that provides medical treatment and rehabilitative care to sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals found by members of the public. They have many different opportunities, from educational assistants and wildlife care to general support.

 

Toronto Humane Society

Last but certainly not least, The Toronto Humane Society promotes the care and protection of all animals and aims to prevent cruelty and suffering. Their popularity as a volunteering destination means that they don’t always have open positions but they update their website whenever a spot opens up, so check back often.

 

You can find these opportunities on our website—search by “Organization” to find the non-profit you’re most interested in.

Excited to volunteer with animals but not interested in any of these organizations? You can find more opportunities by choosing “Animal Care Positions” 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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How You Can Volunteer as a Family with Young Children

Posted By Volunteer Toronto, November 13, 2018
 Family Volunteering

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes

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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7 Ways to Volunteer Working with Kids

Posted By Volunteer Toronto, August 13, 2018
 Volunteering with Kids

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

Kids are lots of fun! Whether you’re looking for childcare experience or you just love being around children, volunteering in a children’s program can be meaningful and rewarding. Here are some of our favourite organizations where you can volunteer working with kids:

 

Toronto Public Library—Leading to Reading

The Leading to Reading program runs in libraries across the city. Volunteers partner with a student having reading and homework difficulties—with your encouragement and assistance you can help them get on track.

College Montrose Children's Place

College Montrose Children’s Place offers support to parents and caregivers. They run drop-in programs, workshops, and support groups—possible duties include craft activities, storytelling, or translation and interpretation. They have multiple locations in central west Toronto so you can lend a hand wherever is most convenient.

Ronald McDonald House

Traveling to the city for a child’s medical care can take a serious toll on families. Ronald McDonald House helps alleviate these stresses by offering a place to stay, childcare support, and a wide variety of activities. Find a program that interests you and apply!

St John the Compassionate Mission

St John’s runs a variety of programs serving kids with diverse backgrounds at their Scarborough and Riverdale locations. They particularly welcome anyone thinking about getting into education or teaching.

NUTMEG Soccer

Based in the Bathurst and Dundas area, NUTMEG is always looking for new volunteers to help organize their free soccer programs. You don’t have to be an experienced coach or soccer player—anyone with experience or interest in working with kids can be a great fit.

Centennial Infant and Childcare Centre

Centennial Infant and Childcare Centre offer programs that help children with special needs. Volunteer to provide one-on-one support under the supervision of qualified professionals.

YMCA Family Resource Centre

The YMCA takes on volunteers to help with their play-based programming for children from 18 months–12 years old. Volunteer opportunities are available in YMCA’s Family Resource Center in the Yonge and Wellesley area and in child care centres in the Halton, York, and Durham regions.

 

You can find these opportunities on our website—search by “Organization” to find the non-profit you’re most interested in.

Excited to volunteer with children but not interested in any of these organizations? You can find more opportunities by choosing “Childcare Positions” 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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How Volunteering Helped My Depression

Posted By Volunteer Toronto, June 4, 2018
 Volunteering with Depression
Estimated reading time: 12 minutes

 

This blog tells the story of Bella Williams’ experience with depression—this may be triggering or cause an adverse reaction for some readers.

 

You might expect me to preach about the goodness of volunteering—about how and why to give back to your community—but that isn’t what this blog is about. More than doing good for society, I want to show you that volunteering will have a positive impact on you personally. It certainly did for me.

I was 33 and had lost my job after a fight with my boss. I was going to the occasional interview, without success, but pretty soon I ran out of money and had to move in into my parents’ house. The guy I was dating chose to leave me and I hardly ever met with my friends. I was usually fun-loving and talkative but I had become detached and resistant to conversation—probably out of apprehension of discussing my life updates. I wasn’t actually bothering people but I became very conscious to avoid other humans as much as possible. There wasn’t much I could look forward to back then. Months passed by like this and on a cold winter night someone finally told me that I might have depression.

It was only then I realized that depression was not a state of mind or something that could be controlled—I saw how powerfully my emotions took over every aspect of my life. It kept getting worse with time and I felt as if I was standing in quicksand—the more I tried to escape, the deeper I sunk. My mother took me to meet one of her friends who I knew had been depressed for a very long time. She had joined a volunteer community and asked if I was willing to spare some time to help. I couldn’t say no to such a good family friend, she had fed me too many cookies while I was growing up. Besides, I was convinced I would function so poorly that she would inevitably have to ask me to leave.

What exactly happened from that day on is too long a story to tell here. But writing here now I know that I’m doing much better, that I have survived the darkest phase of my life. At the very least, I’m able to laugh at my father’s jokes and hold beautiful conversations with strangers too. Here is how and why Volunteering helped me fight my depression: 

 

Making a commitment gave me responsibility and purpose.

Whether you’re volunteering once a month or once a day every small step matters. Committing to a cause that I seriously believed in made me accountable to other people that I knew I couldn’t take for granted—I was expected me to show up on time and perform to the best of my abilities. This accountability started making me feel more responsible and this new-found sense of responsibility was a green light—I began to see the world outside of myself. I became motivated to contribute more of my time, committing more deeply. Working at the grassroots level of the problem made see things more closely and helped me become a great volunteer.

 

A regular routine built my confidence and sense of accomplishment.

My volunteering provided a structure and regular routine to my life that, in turn, gave me a sense of purpose—something that was unusual for me during this phase of my life. Working with other people and seeing how effectively I was performing also started improving my self-confidence, I felt more sure of myself. People around me would appreciate my work, making me feel needed and happy.

Volunteering required regularly interacting with strangers, something that I wasn’t very comfortable with. I overcame my apprehension thanks to my increased confidence and the sense of the greater cause that I was working for and felt even better as a result.

The slightest of positive emotions played big roles during this phase of my life. The feeling I have when I’m working for the good of others is very different from the feeling I had when I was working for money.

 

I began managing myself and my emotions.

I knew that volunteering meant that there would be people around me on a regular basis. I started putting efforts into my presentation, putting my best self forward by starting to dress and speak well. Spending my time volunteering on a regular basis also gave me something meaningful to focus on, keeping my mind away from the negative thoughts I used to have. I felt myself becoming more patient and empathetic as a result.

Of course, I would still have bouts of emotions that brought tears to my eyes. But luckily for me, I had people who were helpful and gave me the space I needed. That meant a lot to me. I started to value human emotions more and worked harder to understand and manage my emotions around people. I don’t know about others but I believe that having a strong support system is what helped me most in fighting depression.

 

I know it’s easier said than done and I’m not saying that you’ll be able to address depression in a flash. I was determined and found a purpose to work for that I believed in—it took small baby steps, but I did come out through the tunnel successfully.

 

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6 Ways to Volunteer in Downtown West

Posted By Volunteer Toronto, May 15, 2018
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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

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

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.

Not from Downtown West and want suggestions in your neighbourhood? Email info@volunteertoronto.ca with subject line: “Ask Kelly” to let me know what area of the city I should focus on next!

 

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7 Ways to Volunteer in East York

Posted By Volunteer Toronto, May 15, 2018
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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

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.

Not from East York and want suggestions in your neighbourhood? Email info@volunteertoronto.ca with subject line: “Ask Kelly” to let me know what area of the city I should focus on next!

 

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6 Ways to Volunteer in High Park

Posted By Volunteer Toronto, March 15, 2018
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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

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.


High Park is known for its scenic views, spring cherry blossoms, and sprawling gardens. Aside from the greenery, High Park also has a number of great, local non-profits—here are six of our favourites:

 

ShelterBox

Believing that no one deserves to be homeless, ShelterBox provides aid in communities around the world that have been devastated by natural disasters. They have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities in fundraising, event planning and donations. You can even join one of their response teams to provide aid directly.

The Period Purse

Menstruation can pose a serious problem for women experiencing homelessness. The Period Purse supports women across the city who are living in shelters and on the streets by delivering tampons and pads, discreetly packaged in stylish purses. They need volunteers to help with administration work, packing, accepting donations, and delivering the purses to people and shelters across the city.

Runnymede Healthcare Centre

Taking a new approach to healthcare, Runnymede works together with their patients to create treatment programs catered to their unique needs. They’re often looking for friendly visitors, assistance in programs and therapy, and administrative volunteers

West Toronto Support Services

WTSS believes in neighbours helping neighbours. They provide a variety of supports to seniors, adults with disabilities, and caregivers in West Toronto. WTSS has a wide variety of volunteer positions including friendly visiting, meal delivery, administrative assistance, and many more!

Not Just Tourists

This organization aims to take travellers and empower them to change lives. Not Just Tourists accepts donated medical supplies and packs them into suitcases, to be delivered by tourists travelling to countries in need. They’re often looking for help receiving donations, sorting and packing supplies, outreach, and—of course—travelling.

St. Joseph's Health Centre Toronto

St. Joe’s provides a sense of community as well as excellent patient care to everyone that comes through their door. They rely on volunteers who generously donate their time to assist with various programs, friendly visits, patient care, and at their information centres and gift shops.

 

Interested in volunteering with one of these non-profits in High Park? 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.

Not from High Park and want suggestions in your neighbourhood? Email info@volunteertoronto.ca with subject line: “Ask Kelly” to let me know what area of the city I should focus on next!

 

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Youth that Care about their City: Mandy

Posted By Volunteer Toronto, March 8, 2018
 Creators' Joy
Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

 

Hi! My name is Mandy and I’m in grade 12. But my interest in volunteering started way before highshool. I was always so excited to volunteer as a reading buddy at my local library because they were who I looked up to as a kid.

I began volunteering at the library the summer before grade nine. I loved that I was able to help shy readers overcome barriers and become more confident. When reading an animal story, I had students pretend they were their favourite animal in the book and read those lines, eventually acting them out in a play at the end of the program. Ever since, I’ve been looking for volunteer positions that contribute to the amazing programs I had the privilege of experiencing so that others can too. I believe getting involved in the community through volunteering is such a fantastic experience and it is so important for youth to realize the impact they’re making—especially on other youth.

 

Changing the landscape, changing yourself

As a Youth Auditor with Volunteer Toronto, I work with a team to interview non-profit volunteer managers who want to learn how to better engage youth. We work hard to break down stigmas by focusing our efforts on minority groups and advocating for youth’s strengths. We’re building a community together—identifying resources, like social media, and teaching leaders how to use them. Within the past six months, the Youth Auditor feedback has empowered youth across the city to take on more versatile volunteer roles that weren’t always available to them before.

Through volunteering you are able to find out more about yourself. As a student, you will want to explore your passions, potential future career field, and whether you enjoy being a leader or an excellent team player. Volunteering will allow you to work with like minded people who are enthusiastic about different interests, and can be a supportive community for your aspirations.

When I was looking to get more involved, I found that many organizations in my community tackled the survival necessities for the less fortunate such as food and shelter, but few addressed their happiness. I decided to co-found a club called “Creators’ Joy” and organized an event where we handmade and donated cards to a homeless shelter. I expanded it to a non-profit organization to reach out to a greater audience, and to increase our impact and inspire youth leadership, I recruited a youth executive team. Within our first year, we’ve donated thousands of cards, engaged hundreds of youth volunteers through our bimonthly cardmaking events, and partnering with 11 non-profits, including Second Harvest, Pride Toronto, and SickKids, to fill an important need I saw in the community.

 

Giving back and getting more

As a volunteer in the waiting room at Rexdale Community Health Center, I’ve been able to interact with many patients and understand how the health center’s membership is an asset to their current life. I worked on the event promotion on Instagram and subsequently volunteered at the events, allowing me to fully understand the organization and its patient’s values.

As a student, I strongly believe youth should not underestimate the impact they make as volunteers. Many non-profits count on youth to be role models for after school sports activities or other programs to vamp up the excitement for the participants. Recipients often look up to the volunteers as a role model—just like I looked up to the reading buddies at my local library.

 

Find where you fit

My advice on getting started? Ask yourself: where would I be happy? I got to relive and share great memories again as a volunteer reading buddy. But what if you enjoy visual arts? Try looking up local arts and craft programs that recruit volunteers in your community, or even apply to one of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s summer programs. Because if you enjoy it, you’ll be a better volunteer too! Visit non-profit’s websites and Facebook pages to learn more, especially about how they engage youth.

We’d also love to have you attend our card making events with “Creators’ Joy”—you can stay updated via our Facebook page. And of course, Volunteer Toronto is always pumping out amazing volunteering opportunities. Search from hundreds on their opportunity database. I hope you—other youth—are able to find your rewarding path in volunteering beyond their forty-hours, just like me!

 

 

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Volunteering with Mental Illness: 6 Tips to Get You Started

Posted By Lisa Robinson, January 24, 2018
Updated: January 23, 2018
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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

 

As I write this, it’s blue Monday—the saddest day of the year. Winter weather and shorter days, especially in January, can have a drastic impact on our mood. Living with mental illness myself, I agree—this time of year is far from easy.

So what’s the good news?

It’s known that community can be an antidote for feeling low. And what better way to connect with others than through volunteering? However, finding a volunteer position can be overwhelming, especially if you’re already feeling down. Knowing this, I’ve put together six tips that can take your volunteer search from blah to yah!

 

Start by listing your skills

Hey you! Yes, you. You have skills, lots of them. So go ahead and write them down. What have you learned from your experiences? You’d be surprised at how valuable your skills are. Take a few minutes to reflect on what a great asset you’ll be as a volunteer.

Determine your intentions

Now that you know that you’ll be a valuable volunteer (see your list!) it’s time to think about what YOU want out of volunteering. Are there any skills you want to learn? A specific neighbourhood where you’d like to give back? Or a cause you feel inspired by? Your answers will help narrow down which roles to apply for. Remember, you should get just as much out of your volunteer experience as you put in. You deserve it!

Find the right fit

Volunteer roles are different everywhere you go. Some are really formal and require a big commitment. If you don’t feel ready, that’s okay! You can always explore other opportunities, there are hundreds of non-profits in the city! Find a volunteer role with expectations that motivate you, not overwhelm you. Not sure you’ve found a good fit? Ask to try out the role. You never know until you’ve given it a shot!

Share your intentions

Remember those intentions you created? Share them. Share them with someone in your social network. Share them with (potential) volunteer managers. By sharing these intentions you’ll get support. And hey, you might even find a volunteer manager that adapts a role for you.

Share your needs

Just as important is to share what your needs are. I’ve personally found it helpful to talk to my volunteer supervisor about living with mental illness. If nothing else, I don’t feel like I have to hide when I’m having a bad day. At best, they might work with you to determine how they can support you in your role. Remember, this is your information to share. Only share if you are comfortable.

Follow your gut

It’s important to listen to your gut feelings. Are you achieving what you intended to in a volunteer role? If not, then don’t do it. But don’t give up either. There is an opportunity out there for everyone!

 

As you embark on your volunteer journey, remember you have valuable skills to give. Consider volunteering this winter, and throughout the year, to feel more connected to others. Explore hundreds of opportunities in Toronto using our volunteer opportunities database.

 

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7 Ways to Volunteer in Midtown

Posted By Volunteer Toronto, January 19, 2018
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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

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.


Midtown, loosely defined as the area around Yonge & St. Clair, is a hub of activity, shopping and great local eats. It is also the home base for many local, provincial and national non-profits. Here are seven great organizations you can volunteer with in the Midtown neighbourhood:

 

Central Eglinton Community Centre

As a community hub, Central Eglinton runs health, arts and social programming for infants to seniors. Volunteer positions they may recruit for include tax preparers, fitness instructors, committee members and program volunteers.

VHA Home Healthcare

Focused on healthcare, VHA Home Healthcare provides comprehensive care including personal support, extreme cleaning and palliative care wherever someone needs it. Hoarding Support, In-Home ESL Tutors and Family Support are some of the positions they may recruit volunteers for. 

York Pioneer Historic Society

Working to “preserve the past for the future,” the Historic Society hosts social events, writes an annual journal and operates Scadding Cabin, Toronto’s oldest house. They are often looking for volunteers to assist with publicity, research, writing and committee work.

Skylark Children, Youth and Families

As an organization focused on the well-being of children and families, Skylark offers free individual and family counselling, treatment programs and support services. Volunteer positions that may recruit for include fundraising and administrative support.

Hospice Toronto

Working with people across the city, Hospice Toronto provides in-home hospice palliative care as well services to support grieving families. They are looking for volunteers to generously spend time and give practical support to people who are living with a life-threatening illness. All Hospice Volunteers receive a minimum of 35 hours of training before beginning in the role.

Future Possibilities For Kids

With the goal of empowering children to make concrete changes in their community, Future Possibilities for Kids matches adult volunteer mentors with children to help provide and guidance and support for reaching their goals. Future Possibilities asks volunteer mentors to connect with their mentee over the phone at least once a week and together attend five events throughout the year.

Alzheimer Society of Toronto

The role of this organization is to provide support, information, research and resources for people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Volunteer positions include peer support group facilitators, social media ambassadors and assisting at special fundraising events.

 

Interested in volunteering with one of these non-profits in Midtown? 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.

Not from Midtown and want suggestions in your neighbourhood? Email info@volunteertoronto.ca with subject line: “Ask Kelly” to let me know what area of the city I should focus on next!

 

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Why Do I Need to Apply to Volunteer?

Posted By Volunteer Toronto, December 20, 2017
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“Ask Us” is our blog series aimed at answering your most pressing volunteer questions. Got a burning question? We're here to help!

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Hey Volunteer Toronto,

I want to volunteer and give my time in the community. I don’t understand why I need to fill in an application form, attend an interview and possibly do a police check. Isn’t it enough that I want to give my time to help?

Margaret

 


 

Hi Margaret,

Thanks so much for your question. It is a good one. And I’m happy to hear you want to support your community.

Volunteers help non-profits achieve their missions and create change in the community. Majority of non-profits will have an application process to ensure that they find the right volunteer for the role. This benefits the non-profit and the community as they ensure that the person has the right skills, experience and personality for the position. This can also benefit you as a volunteer as you’ll be placed in a role that suites your skills and interests.

By asking for application forms, resumes or cover letters the non-profit will learn more about your skills and experience related to the volunteer position. Interviews especially are a great way for them to learn more about your passion for the cause, your interest in the role and your strengths.

If you want to volunteer to help seniors, children, people with disabilities or others who might be considered vulnerable you will be asked to do a police check. The non-profit does this to make sure that they aren’t taking on a volunteer who has a history of hurting people. The non-profit may also ask for references which are other people who can give feedback on your skills and working style.

Here are a few examples to further explain:

  • Petra would like to be a Social Media Volunteer. To apply for the position she needs to send in a resume and cover letter, showcasing examples of social media posts and marketing she’s done before. She'll also need to attend an interview. The non-profit takes these steps to learn more about Petra’s experience and skills to ensure that Petra would represent the non-profit well online.
  • Mark wants to volunteer as a Presenter. For the role he needs to fill in an application form, come to an interview where he does a mock presentation, answer questions about his presentation and then provide two references. The application process includes these steps so the non-profit can learn about the volunteer’s experience, make sure Mark is a good presenter and see if Mark can answer questions well. They also want to speak to other people who know Mark in order to confirm his skills.
  • Rose would like to volunteer as a Friendly Visitor and provide companionship to seniors in their homes. Rose has to send in an application form that includes why she wants this role, she'll also go to two interviews and file a police reference check. This is because the organization wants to make sure that Rose is a friendly and caring person, who will connect well with a senior, and won’t do anything to steal from, harm or hurt the senior she’s visiting.

Margaret, I hope this information is helpful for you. Don’t let the application process stop you from seeking out a great volunteer opportunity. And remember the process exists to make sure you’re a great fit for the role and the role is a great fit for you!

All the best is seeking out a meaningful volunteer opportunity.

 

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10 Places You Can Volunteer to Support Mental Health

Posted By Volunteer Toronto, December 15, 2017
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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes | Written by Kasandra James

 

Mental health and mental illness affect people from all walks of life and in countless ways. While confronting mental health can be overwhelming, there are many ways to support mental health as a volunteer and make an impact in other’s lives. Check out these Toronto organizations and find out how you can give your time, skills and abilities to support their mental health programs:

 

Cota supports adults with mental health and cognitive challenges, helping them to live well within their communities. They provide services including supportive housing, short-term residential beds and day programs.

  • Location: Numerous sites across Toronto
  • How you can volunteer: Cota is often recruiting Adult Day Services Assistants who engage clients in meaningful activities to explore their strengths and develop new skills.

Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre is a multi-service agency in Toronto’s West End, providing health and community support services for infants, children, youth and seniors.

  • Location: Davenport Road and Old Weston Road 
  • How you can volunteer: As a Community Dining Assistant, you’ll help with set-up, clean-up and cooking for Wednesday community dinners. 

Family Service Toronto helps people facing a variety of life challenges, by assisting families and individuals through counselling, community development, advocacy and public education programs.

  • Location: Numerous sites across Toronto
  • How you can volunteer: As an Options Program Tutor and Life Skills Coach, you’ll maintain a supportive, friendly relationship with individuals who face mental health challenges. 

Fred Victor fosters long-lasting positive change in the lives of homeless and low-income people living across Toronto. Their services include: affordable housing, emergency shelter, job training and counselling, and community mental health outreach and services.

  • Location: Downtown East, multiple sites
  • How you can volunteer: Arts/Craft Instructors conduct weekly sessions with community members. 

Massey Centre is an infant and early childhood mental health organization supporting pregnant and parenting adolescents, aged 13-25, and their babies. Their programs include pre-and-post natal residential care, primary health care and maternal infant mental health.

  • Location: Broadview Avenue and Danforth Avenue
  • How you can volunteer: Parent Relief Volunteers provide basic child care while young mothers take much-needed breaks or run errands. 

Senior Persons Living Connected (SPLC) provides programs and services that meet the diverse needs of older adults and their caregivers. Services include seniors housing, counselling and social, recreational and fitness programs.

  • Location: Warden Avenue and Finch Avenue
  • How you can volunteer: Friendly Visitors spend time with seniors, engaging in conversation and leisure activities. 

SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (formerly The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre) combines prevention, treatment, research and education to support children, youth and families facing mental health challenges.

  • Location: Keele St. and Sheppard Avenue West or Jarvis St. and Wellesley St. East
  • How you can volunteer: Research Assistants contribute to CCMH’s inter-disciplinary, evidenced-based mental health treatment and support system. 

The Gatehouse provides support, community and resources for individuals impacted by childhood sexual abuse, including an Investigation Support Program, Art Therapy and the Transforming Trauma Conference.

  • Location: Lakeshore Blvd. and Kipling Avenue
  • How you can volunteer: Give your time as a Peer Support Group Facilitator, supporting those impacted by childhood sexual abuse. 

Victim Services Toronto provides immediate crisis response, intervention and prevention services to individuals, families and communities affected by crime and sudden tragedies. Programs include The Trauma Dog Program, High Risk Support Services and Teens Ending Abusive Relationships (TEAR).

  • Location: Yonge St. and College St.
  • How you can volunteer: Crisis Counsellor Volunteers work alongside professional crisis counsellors to support victims in Toronto. 

Yorktown Family Services is dedicated to providing effective, accessible, quality mental health treatment, prevention and outreach services to children, youth, women and families. The agency is divided into a Child and Family Centre and a Shelter for Women and their children, fleeing abusive relationships.

  • Location: Dufferin St. and Eglinton Avenue West 
  • How you can volunteer: Walk-In Clinic Counsellors bring their professional counselling experience to the Family Centre and Shelter, on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. 

Is your perfect volunteer role not in this list? Most of these organizations have multiple volunteer opportunities, so make sure you visit their websites to find out more. If you still can’t find the right fit, search Volunteer Toronto’s database using the keywords “mental health” or contact a Volunteer Advisor at 416-961-6888 x 232 or advisors@volunteertoronto.ca.

 

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