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  Newsletter No. 14 | April 2015


Volunteering & Your Job Search
Organizations We Love!
Volunteers of Toronto
Events in the City
Opportunities of the Week

Volunteers of Toronto 
Why do people choose to volunteer?

In a time when our city’s unemployment rate is so high and news stations are poised to update us on the atrocities of the world, where do people find the time and emotional energy to volunteer?

Inspired by Brandon Stanton’s famous site Humans of New York, #VolunteersofTO provides a brief glimpse into the lives of ordinary people, just like you, working to address the problems that affect us all. Using a mixture of photography and first-person digital stories created by volunteers we hope to inspire you to take action and join the movement to build a better Toronto! 


Social Media Coordinator

Outreach Volunteer
LAMP Community Health Centre

Furniture Repair Workshop Volunteer

Furniture Bank

Meals on Wheels Driver
Warden Woods Community Centre


National Poetry Month Book Launch (19+)
Wednesday, April 22

Earth Day Tree Planting and Campfire
Sunday, April 26 

Storygami for Children
Saturday, April 4



Contact Us

344 Bloor Street West, Suite 404
Toronto, ON
M5S 3A7

Phone: 416.961.6888

Fax: 416.961.6859


Volunteer to help find employment

Whether you’re unemployed or are simply ready for a career change, volunteering can help you on your journey… 

Getting a job can be tough at the best of times, but did you know volunteering can improve your chances of landing that dream job?

Here are 3 ways volunteering can help.

1. You'll Grow Your Network

We’ve all heard about the “hidden job market,” how 80% of Canada’s jobs aren’t publicly advertised and it’s all about “who you know”. Volunteering is a great way of building your network and making more connections that can lead to a job. It’s especially effective if you choose a role that puts you in contact with people who know your industry well. By being a committed and reliable volunteer and ensuring those around you know you are job hunting, you’ll be amazed by how willing people are to share their knowledge, connect you to people they know or even give you some feedback on your resume. 

2. You'll Build On Your Experience
Experience is everything when it comes to finding a job, and volunteering can be a great way of expanding on your skills. In a LinkedIn survey41% of hiring managers said they value volunteer experience as much as paid experience. So think about the job you are aiming for and look for volunteer opportunities that use those skills. Some roles will even offer training!
Want to be the next Jamie Oliver? Check out this role.
Want to be a Speech Pathologist? Check out this role.

If you can’t find a position that is similar to your dream job, then look for roles that have similar transferable skills or are in a similar industry. For example, a future fashion designer may struggle to find fashion designing volunteer roles so instead could volunteer for an arts and crafts program or approach clothing charities like New Circles and Dress Your Best to see if they are accepting volunteers. 

3. You'll Demonstrate Care For Your Community

It’s all about standing out from the other candidates when you apply for a job, and increasingly more employers are looking for candidates who have a social conscience. It can be the distinguishing factor between you and a similar candidate who has just as much experience and education.


If you want to know more about how volunteering can help you find employment, come to our Information Session on Thursday, April 23 at 6pm.

Alternatively, make an appointment to spend 30 mins with one of our Referral Volunteers to discuss what opportunities may best suit your job search.

- Volunteer Toronto

Organizations We Love! 

Jazz FM 91

JAZZ.FM91 is Canada’s only broadcaster and registered not-for-profit charitable arts organization dedicated to enriching the cultural, educational and community experience of their audience. Providing youth programs and partnering with educational institutions, JAZZ.FM91 gives opportunities for thousands of promising young students and emerging artists to gain experience in music and broadcasting through workshops, internships, scholarships, and jazz-related content and programs.

Volunteer Opportunities Available with JAZZ.FM91:

General Volunteers

Teens! Start Getting Your Hours!

Change The World Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge 

Are you a high school student looking for volunteer hours and a chance to make a difference in your community? ChangeTheWorld: Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is the perfect opportunity to do so!

ChangeTheWorld is a youth volunteering campaign between April 12 and May 24 to help youth volunteer in their communities. Students who volunteer for 3 hours or more during the six weeks and submit their hours to Volunteer Toronto, will receive a Certificate of Recognition.

Visit our website, to find fun, easy ways you can volunteer during the six weeks, submit your hours and receive a certificate.


Volunteer Toronto is a charitable organization whose work strives to build a strong, inclusive, caring and committed community of people who willingly give of their time and energy toward building a healthy city. Volunteer Toronto’s programs and services support non-profits, charities and grassroots groups across the city in developing sustainable volunteer programs.

Discover how Volunteer Toronto can help!


more Upcoming Events

Becoming A Board Member (June 26)

Volunteering As a Newcomer (Scarborough - July 10)

Featured Members
St. Felix CentreSt Felix Centre, transforming lives through love and compassion.


Volunteer Toronto Office

344 Bloor Street West, Suite 404
Toronto, ON
M5S 3A7

T. 416-961-6888
F. 416.961.6859

Open To The Public



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