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  Newsletter No. 23 | September 2015    


Literacy in our City
Organizations We Love!
Frequently Asked Questions
5 Ways Volunteering Can Help Find Work
Get Help With Your Search 
Volunteers of Toronto
Opportunities of the Week
Events in the City
Contact Us

Paul Chamberlain
Volunteer with Amici Charity & Camp Awakening

“Sometimes the people who need help the most are the least likely to ask for it. Pride being what it is tends to hold them back and effective volunteerism breaks through that barrier to establish the kind of relationship that allows people to be more open so you can help them.”

Read more stories or submit your own!


COPE and Parenting Wisely Volunteer
Yorktown Child and Family Services

Social Media Club Volunteer
West Neighbourhood House

Waterfront Marathon Volunteers
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Running and Reading Club Volunteer


Veg Food Fest
September 11-13
The Harbourfront

Queen West Art Crawl
September 12-13
Trinity Bellwoods Park

Cabaggetown Festival
September 12-13
Carlton St. and Parliament St.

Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival
September 18-20
Bloor St. W. and Jane Rd.



Contact Us

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

Phone: 416.961.6888

Fax: 416.961.6859



As thousands of children across Toronto go back to school today, it’s important to remember that literacy development is just as crucial for kids as it is for adults, newcomers and seniors. Did you know that 42% of Canadians have reading, writing, numeracy and essential skills below the level considered necessary for the demands of modern life and work? In fact, the Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy says in the GTA alone, over 11,000 adults attend literacy and basic skills programs to develop their skills.

There are many organizations looking for volunteer tutors and teachers. If you are able to easily read this newsletter or navigate the Volunteer Toronto website you have literacy skills to share with others!

Take for example the kids and youth in your area that need help learning to read or with homework. The Toronto Public Library offers many tutoring and reading programs for kids. Right now there are 46 Toronto Public Library tutoring postings on the Volunteer Toronto website. To see the postings and look for an opportunity at your local library, use our website and do a category search of “Teaching/Tutoring/Assistance Positions”.

Or consider volunteering as a:

Math Tutor for Adults
Computer Literacy Teacher for Seniors
English Conversation Circle Leader for Newcomers
Career Mentor for Jobseekers

Organizations We Love! 

The Nanny Angel Network
(NAN) is a registered charity that provides free in-home childcare support for mothers who have been diagnosed with cancer, for those requiring palliative care and for families requiring additional relief during the bereavement period.

NAN helps mothers feel assured that their children are in safe, caring hands. That confidence gives them the chance to focus on their medical treatments, doctors’ visit, and taking the time they need to rest and recover. For a minimum of five hours per week, Nanny Angels volunteer their time so mothers can get much needed rest, go to appointments, run errands or simply have time for themselves. Delivering these services in the family’s own home reduces stress and allows women to focus on their own well-being.

Available volunteer opportunities:

Childcare Volunteer
Caller - Appreciation and Research

Frequently Asked Questions

I am an international student or newcomer to Canada. Do I need a work permit to volunteer?

No, you don't need a work permit to volunteer. As you won’t be receiving any monetary pay, and instead will be freely giving of your time, a work permit isn’t needed. In fact, as a newcomer to Toronto volunteering is a great way to get to know the city better and connect with people.

Upcoming Information Session

5 Ways Volunteering Can Help You Find Work

Thursday, September 17: 6:00-7:00pm

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. 

Seeking a Volunteer Position and Need Additional Help? 

Our Referral Counsellors are available to assist you. If you need some help navigating the website, aren’t sure what volunteer opportunity suites you best, or have some additional questions our Referral Counsellors would be happy to help!

You can book an appointment or contact them at or 416-961-6888 ext 232.


helping build vibrant communities by connecting volunteers to the causes that need them. 

Discover How We 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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