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  Newsletter No. 1 | January 2016   


Living Your Legacy
Organizations We Love
The Easiest Resolution to Keep
Upcoming Information Sessions
Grassroots Growth Launch Party 

Volunteers of Toronto
Opportunities of the Week
Events in the City
Good News Toronto
Contact Us

Moez Bawania
Volunteer with Youth Without Shelter

"My passion for volunteering and working with youth emanates from my childhood, when, having immigrated with my parents and brother to Canada in 1989, I observed first-hand the challenges my friends and classmates faced, including domestic abuse, addiction, poverty and bullying. I was lucky enough to make it through with a strong support network so I have a keen awareness of the importance of a safe, caring and empowering environment where one feels supported and encouraged to take positive steps in life."

Read more stories or submit your own!


Mealtime Assistants
Bleecker/Wellesley Activity Network

Youth for You Ambassadors
Youth for You

Respite Care Program Providers
Jessie’s – The June Callwood Centre for Young Women

Program Support/Childcare Assistant Positions
College Montrose Children’s Place


Free Japanese Movie Screenings at Bloor Cinema
Sunday, Jan.17 and Jan. 24

Tafelmusik Vocal Competition
Saturday, Jan. 16

Toronto Design Offsite Festival
Monday, Jan. 18 – Sunday, Jan. 24

We've partnered with Good News Toronto to bring you stories of
people doing positive things in the city!

Four Things To Do in Toronto This Month

Poll Finds Toronto Caregivers Hope to Instill Kindness in Children

Toronto Ruled the 2015 Urban Music Charts


Contact Us

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

Phone: 416.961.6888

Fax: 416.961.6859


Legacy Awards Banner

Do you know someone who is an amazing volunteer?

We’re searching the city for exceptional volunteers to recognize with a Volunteer Toronto Legacy Award during National Volunteer Week this April. We know there are lots of outstanding volunteers in Toronto who work tirelessly to improve their communities and the lives of people around them and we want to recognize them for their efforts and hard work. Whether they are unique because they made a big impact in a short space of time, or because they volunteered for over 20 years, or because they volunteered whilst overcoming personal challenges, we’d like to hear their story.

If you know someone worthy of an award, nominate them today!

We’re accepting nominations until 5 pm on Thursday February 4th. Be sure to read the guidelines before you complete a nomination form!



Organizations We Love

The mission of the Alzheimer Society is to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Their role in Toronto is to offer support, information and education to people with dementia, their families and their caregivers, to increase public awareness of dementia, to promote research, and to advocate for services that respect the dignity of the individual. .



Do Great Things Blog: The Easiest Resolution to Keep in the New Year


Have you made a new year’s resolution? Does it include volunteering? We hope it does! According to Psychology Today, researchers have found that after two weeks of making a new year’s resolution, most people return to their old ways. Although this reality is bleak and discouraging, you aren’t fated to be part of this group!

Check out our blog post
to help you overcome some of the common barriers that people face when doing volunteer work: lack of time and lack of money. 


Upcoming Information Sessions & Workshops

Want to learn more about volunteering? These free Information Sessions are a great place to start!

6 Ways Volunteering Can Help You Find Work

Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 1 pm

Looking for work? Learn about 6 concrete ways volunteering can help job-seekers when looking for work. Can’t make the session? Check out our blog post on the topic!

Volunteering as a Way of Building Your Network

Monday, Feb. 1 at 6 pm

This workshop will explore and discuss the ways volunteering can help you expand your network and meet new people.


Volunteer Information Session

Thursday, Feb. 25 at 1 pm

This presentation will focus on the who, what, when, where and how of volunteering. This is specifically for people who have not volunteered before.


Becoming a Board Member

Wednesday, Jan. 20, North York
Thursday, Feb. 4, Downtown
Tuesday, Mar. 15, Downtown

Ever wondered what it takes to join a board? Find out at one of our upcoming educational Becoming A Board Member workshops. We’ll answer the six most commonly asked questions and will provide you with a pack of resources to make your search for the right board easy.







Leadership talks specifically designed for volunteers from Grassroots or volunteer-run non-profits

Increasing Diversity and Inclusion In Your Organization

Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 pm

This interactive workshop will focus on practical strategies for recruiting and retaining diverse people within your organization.

How to Measure Your Organization's Social Impact

Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 pm

Being able to clearly articulate your social impact to your team, stakeholders, potential funders and the public will lead to better impact and greater recognition of the importance of your non-profit.

To celebrate the release of Volunteer Toronto's first research report, we are inviting local grassroots volunteers to a FREE night of delicious food, networking, captivating speakers, an exclusive preview of our new workshop series and exciting giveaways.

Join us for the launch of our Grassroots Growth project

January 19th 2016: 6:30 - 9:30pm, Centre for Social Innovation - Annex



 The Volunteer Times is a bi-weekly e-newsletter that keeps readers up-to-date on the newest volunteer opportunities, special events, volunteer stories and featured organizations from Volunteer Toronto. 

Learn more about Volunteer Toronto and our services



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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