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  Newsletter No. 2 | January 2016   


Baby, It's Cold Outside
Organizations We Love
Ask Kelly Blog Post
Upcoming Information Sessions
Volunteers of Toronto 

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

Husain Shakil
Volunteer with the Healing Beyond the Body program at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

"Speaking with patients on a weekly basis has helped me begin to understand the unique experience of having cancer. Receiving a cancer diagnosis can change many aspects of a patient’s life. The emotional, social, and physical stresses of treatment can be a heavy burden for one person to carry alone. Volunteering with Healing Beyond the Body has shown me that there are many ways, both big and small, to support someone going through a difficult time. I hope to pass along what I’ve learned to those around me, so they know the different ways to be there for someone in need."

Read more stories or submit your own!


Hero Day Volunteer
Second Harvest

Volunteer Driver
The Good Neighbours’ Club

English Conversation Circle – Winter Supply Volunteers
WoodGreen Community Service



Maurice Sendak: 50 years, 50 works, 50 Reasons
Saturday, Dec.19 to Sunday Jan. 31

Ice Skating at Evergreen Brickworks
Daily in January

Port Union WinterFest
Saturday, Jan. 30 at 11 am

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

Dev Petty’s ‘I Don’t Want to be a Frog’ and More

Toronto Streets to Get Burst of Colour

Bar Gives Out Free Non-alcoholic Drinks to Designated Drivers

Organization Brings Art to Children and Youth



Contact Us

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

Phone: 416.961.6888

Fax: 416.961.6859


Food bank photo

Baby, It's Cold Outside

As we’ve entered January the temperatures have dropped and winter is definitely here! For many folks this means snuggling up under a warm blanket and drinking hot cocoa, but that isn’t the case for everyone in our city. It's estimated that in Toronto around 5,000 people live on the streets or in shelters. Throughout 2014, Toronto’s City Shelters had 16,232 unique visitors (City of Toronto). These statistics don’t even touch on the thousands of people who live in temporary housing or can't afford the cost of heating.

One of the many things you can do is educate yourself about homelessness. Some great places to start are the Toronto Drop-In Network, Homelesshub and the City of Toronto.

As always, we also encourage you to volunteer. Here's some great places to get involved:

You can also check out this map to find a Drop-In Centre in your neighbourhood and offer them your time.


 Organizations We Love

For the past 104 years, the Central Neighbourhood House team of 300 staff and over 700 volunteers has been working in hand with their neighbours, offering a wide range of excellent programs for children and youth, new Canadians, families, women and seniors.


Friendly Visitor and Escort for Seniors


We want to showcase Toronto’s most amazing volunteers!

Legacy Awards Banner

Do you know a volunteer who is exceptional? Someone who has wowed you with their commitment or their impact?

For National Volunteer Week (April 10th to 16th), we’ll be honouring 25 volunteers with a Volunteer Toronto Legacy Award to formally recognize their contributions to the city and thank them for their efforts. Nominations will be accepted up until 5pm on Thursday February 4th.

Click here for more details.


Ask Kelly – How Do I Apply to Volunteer Without Work Experience?

Ask Kelly Logo“Ask Kelly” is our new blog series that answers your most pressing volunteer questions. In this edition, learn about how to apply for a position if you don’t have work or volunteer experience.

Got a burning question? She’s here to help! Submit your question to with the subject line: Ask Kelly.




Upcoming Information Sessions & Workshops

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

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, Feb. 3, 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.

 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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