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  Newsletter No. 27 | November 2015    


Helping With Grief & Loneliness
Organizations We Love!
Holiday Volunteering
Upcoming Information Sessions  

Volunteers of Toronto
Opportunities of the Week
Events in the City
Inspirational Quote
2015 Annual Report
Contact Us

Sheila Costford
Volunteer at the Central YMCA 

“Like most fitness leaders, I get to positively touch the lives of people in my community every day; however, nothing inspires me more than seeing a fitness leader I've trained in action. As a Y Canada Trainer, I teach the YMCA fitness certification courses and mentor new instructors. I love nothing better than to bump into someone at a fitness conference and have them say "Hey! You taught my Personal Training course 10 years ago!!!"

Read more stories or submit your own!


Learn to Skate Assistant

Income Tax Volunteers
East Scarborough Storefront

Volunteer Carpenters and Painters
Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Community Health Centre

Gift Wrap Volunteer
ESS Support Services


Saturday, Nov 14

Santa Claus Parade
Saturday, Nov 15

The Toronto Christmas Market
Friday, Nov 20 – Sunday, Dec 20




Contact Us

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

Phone: 416.961.6888

Fax: 416.961.6859



As the Holidays approach, for those who have lost loved ones, this time of year can be difficult. Even though the season is about festive joy and cheer, many people feel deep sadness and loneliness as they remember their friends and relatives who have passed away. You can make a difference by being mindful and offering support to those who are experiencing grief and loneliness. This could be as simple as taking them out for a coffee, writing a simple “Thinking of You” card or even inviting them to join you and your loved ones as you celebrate the holidays.

And if you’re feeling isolated at this time, please know that you do not need to experience this alone. There are many services like Bereaved Families of Ontario and this list of agencies in Toronto who are here to support you. Across the city, volunteers play a large role in supporting those who are experiencing loss and grief.

If you are interested in doing so, there are many great volunteer opportunities: 

Organizations We Love! 

The Society of Sharing is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving seniors and adults with physical disabilities in the downtown Toronto area since 1981. They recruit and train volunteers to deliver community programs, including friendly visiting, telephone reassurance calls, medical/shopping escort, group socialization and Christmas gift giving, that reduce social isolation and improve the quality of life for community members.

Available volunteer opportunities:

Why You Need To Get A Head Start On Your Holiday Volunteering
Blog Post by Ainsley Kendrick, Marketing & Communications Manager

Halloween is over. The costumes are stored away and the candy is down to the last packet of Rockets and straggling Tootsie rolls. Stores have started unpacking their holiday decorations, getting ready to bombard the masses with tinsel, spinning dreidels and wreaths of inordinate sizes. Every year I think to myself, “Are they really decorating now?” but I am starting to realize they’ve gotten it right.

If you’re like me, you enjoy getting your shopping done early to avoid the long lines, repetitive music and over-abundance of good cheer. The same should go for your holiday volunteering activities...Read More


Upcoming Information Sessions & Workshops

Volunteering as a Newcomer to Canada

Thursday, November 19: 6pm-7:30pm 

Are you newcomer to Canada? Want to volunteer, but are unsure where to start? Come to our free Volunteering as a Newcomer to Canada information session! Learn more about what volunteering is and how to get started! Plus network with other newcomers and hear stories about how volunteering has impacted people’s lives.

5 Ways Volunteering Can Help You Find Work

Thursday, November 26: 6pm-7:30pm

Are you looking for work? Interested in learning more about how volunteering can help you find a job? Come to our free information session on 5 Ways Volunteering Can Help You Find Work. We will focus on the who, what, when, where, how of volunteering, explore how to volunteer to help with looking for work, and answer any questions you may have. To register please click on your preferred date above. 

Can’t attend a session? 
Check out our accompanying blog post to  get some useful information on how volunteering can help you find work

Becoming A Board Member

Tuesday, November 17: Downtown
Tuesday, December 1: Scarborough
Wednesday, December 16: 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


Great Leaders Ask The Right Questions

Tuesday, November 24: 6:30-8pm

Edward Johnson, a consultant with international experience leading teams and managing change, shares his top questions that organizations should continually ask to deliver results.

5 Tips For Securing Grants

Wednesday, December 9: 6:30-8pm

Hear from seasoned grant writer, Anne Morais, as she shares her top five tips and introduces you to the basics of grant seeking and writing. 

Increasing Diversity and Inclusion In Your Organization

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

 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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