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  Newsletter No. 18 | June 2015

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Top 5 Summer Volunteer Events
Organizations We Love!
Movie Ticket Giveaway!
Trailblazer Series
Volunteers of Toronto
Opportunities of the Week
Events in the city

Volunteers of Toronto - Glenn Betteridge

Glenn Betteridge
Volunteer at The 519

“I have learned that people have so much life experience and strength–pain, joy, struggle, triumph, defeat, resilience, contentment, and so on. As a volunteer I get to interact with many people,
and see so many sides of them. For me, being open to and welcoming people
and experience is the true reason we are here in society and why I volunteer.” 

Read more stories or submit your own!


Goodwill Ambassadors
Goodwill Industries Toronto

Computer Instructor
Heritage Skills Development Centre

Program Volunteers
Camp Leo Creativity and
Innovation for Kids

Momiji Health Care Society


Luminato Festival
Until Sunday, June 28

PRIDE Parade
June 28 - 2pm

Pink Market
June 27 - 28

Toronto Ribfest
June 27 - July 1


Contact Us

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

Phone: 416.961.6888

Fax: 416.961.6859


Its Summer! How Will You Spend It? 

The Top 5 Volunteer Events of the Summer!

Volunteering at events is a great way to get a taste of volunteering without the lengthy time commitment. By giving just a few hours of your time, you’ll have fun and make a real contribution to a community event. Plus, if you like to volunteer with your friends, events are a great way of doing so, as many organizers will be happy to give you and your friends roles where you are volunteering together.

Check out our top 5 events to volunteer at this summer...

Trek for Teens' Fashion Show - June 26
Whether your dream is to be the next Tyra Banks or you have the flair of Coco Chanel, put your skills to good use at Trek For Teens annual fashion show raising money for homeless youth.

East York Canada Day Parade - July 1
Help East York residents celebrate Canada’s birthday in style, at what is thought to be the longest-running Canada Day event in the country. Help for 4-6 hours with crowd control, providing information and overseeing safety.

The Aboriginal Pavilion – July 10-26 and August 7-9
This 19-day festival showcases Aboriginal arts, culture and sport during the 2015 Toronto Pan American and Parapan American Games, and with art exhibitions, film screenings, cooking shows, and much more planned, it’s shaping up to be quite the celebration.

Oasis Zoo Run – September 12
Support one of Toronto’s most unique charity runs this September by choosing from a variety of positions such as Marshals, Greeters, Baggage Check, and more! Plus, all volunteers get free entry to the zoo after their shift, so make a day of it, and check out the infamous Giant Pandas while you’re at it!

The Word On The Street – September 27
Are you a lover of books? Canada’s largest book and magazine festival takes place at the Harbourfront Centre this year and you can help out leading up to it or during the event itself. Last year the festival welcomed over 225,000 visitors, 250+ exhibitors and more than 150 authors!

Have a great summer!

Volunteer Toronto

Organizations We Love! 

Furniture Bank logoFurniture Bank is a social enterprise and charity offering full service furniture removal across the GTA. They pickup gently used furniture and housewares from your home or business and transfer them to individuals who have recently transitioned out of homelessness and displacement. In the process, they help turn an empty space into a true home.

Volunteer Opportunities Available with Furniture Bank:

Client Service Volunteer

Warehouse Volunteer

Workshop Volunteer
Office Administrator

Marketing Volunteer

Group Volunteers

Check out their handy volunteer FAQ's page to learn more about being a Furniture Bank volunteer!

Win a pair of movie tickets! 

Mr. Holmes Movie Poster

Are you over the age of 55 and currently a volunteer in Toronto? If so, we have a treat for you! 

Volunteer Toronto has partnered with eOne Films to offer senior volunteers the chance to see an exclusive advance screening of 
Mr. Holmesa highly anticipated film starring Ian McKellen that takes an inventive look at the famed detective Sherlock Holmes’ later years as he struggles to solve his final unsolved mystery. 

The screening is on Wednesday, July 15 at 7pm at SilverCity Yonge and Eglington. To enter, complete this short formand we’ll draw the name of one lucky winner on Friday, July 3rd. Good luck!

Volunteer-Led Social Media in Action!

Trailblazer Series Image

Social media is a great tool....when you know how to use it.

Our Trailblazer Series are leadership talks for people who are involved in leading non-profit groups that are completely run by volunteers. Find out how volunteers can best utilize your organization’s social media reach and hear some examples of successful experiences from other grassroots organizations.


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 (May 28)

Learning About Volunteering (Downtown - May 30)

Featured Members


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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