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Toronto’s Meals on Wheels programs are experiencing a shortage of volunteers, which are a vital resource for program delivery. Volunteer Toronto set out to better understand the impact of these programs, the main challenges they’re facing, and new strategies to help them thrive.

Read our "Research Report: Why Toronto's Meals on Wheels Programs Are Facing a Critical Shortage"

Being a Meals on Wheels volunteer—especially a driver—is a great way to give back to your community where support is needed most. Check out the list below to learn more about volunteering for Meals on Wheels in non-profits across the city! 

 


Bernard Betel Centre

 

The Bernard Betel Centre offers more than 120 programs each week to seniors in the community. Over 2,200 members, and many more non-members, participate year round in their special events, courses, volunteer opportunities and myriad other offerings.  Their mission is to provide exemplary and multilingual educational, cultural and wellness programs in a safe and supportive environment to encourage healthy, active and creative living for individuals 55+.  Their values: Community - Compassion - Creativity - Dignity and Respect.

 

Catchment Area
East/West: Yonge Street to Dufferin Street | North/South: Centre Street to Sheppard Avenue

 

Recruitment Status: Actively Recruiting

 

Delivery Time: Morning

 

Contact
Name: Cheryl Besner
Phone: 416-225-2112
Email:
cherylb@betelcentre.org


Better Living Health and Community Services

 

Better Living Health and Community Services has been delivering community support services in the Don Mills area since 1976.    Better Living Health and Community Services is committed to our mission by helping adults and seniors, at all stages, experience a better quality of life. We provide essential services that assist seniors and disabled adults wishing to live independently at home and allow respite for people in a care giving role. A broad range of programs and services are offered by Better Living Heath and Community Services, which support independence to experience a better quality of life.

 

Catchment Area
East/West: Victoria Park Avenue to Leslie Street | North/South: Sheppard Avenue to Eglinton Avenue

 

Recruitment Status: Urgently Recruiting

 

Delivery Time: Morning

 

Corporate Volunteering
Better Living works with corporate teams who are recruited and scheduled within the corporation itself.  A company may have a roster of 14 volunteers, who pair off and deliver meals once every 7 weeks.  The corporate team would have a standing route, standard schedule for Meals on Wheels delivery.  Better Living provides training and support to corporate volunteers. 

 

Contact 

Name: Carolyn Smith 

Phone: 416-447-7244

Email: csmith@betterlivinghealth.org


Canadian Red Cross – Etobicoke

 

The Canadian Red Cross mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.  The Canadian Red Cross Society is part of the largest humanitarian network in the world, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. This network includes the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Federation) and 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies dedicated to improving the situation of the most vulnerable throughout the world.  The Canadian Red Cross is the leading humanitarian organization through which people voluntarily demonstrate their caring for others in need.   

 

Catchment Area:
East/West: Scarlett Road to Hwy 427 | North/South: Finch to the Lakeshore

 

Recruitment Status: Urgently Recruiting


Delivery Time: Morning and Afternoon

 

Corporate Volunteering:
Corporate teams looking to volunteer can dedicate time to Meals on Wheels on a monthly or weekly basis. In pairs – one does the driving and the other is the runner or by assisting regular volunteers as drivers or runners.

 

Contact:
Name: Martina Sousa
Phone: 416-243-0003 ext. 101
Emai
l: martina.sousa@redcross.ca


Circle of Care

 

Circle of Care provides home healthcare services to seniors, allowing them to live independently in their own homes.  One of the programs they offer is the Kosher Meals on Wheels (KMOW)  program.   Circle of Care’s Kosher Meals on Wheels program was founded in 1966.  At the time 144 meals were delivered to people in the community by a small number of dedicated volunteers.  Today KMOW delivers over 178,000 meals to clients thanks to the help of over 180 volunteers.  The program’s food comes from two different food suppliers; Baycrest Health Sciences and Sepha Foods.

 

Catchment Area:
East/West: Don Mills Road to Keele Street | North/South: Major Mackenzie Road to Lakeshore

 

Recruitment Status: Actively Recruiting


Delivery Time: Morning

 

Corporate Volunteering:
Circle of Care offers two ways in which companies can take part in providing employee engagement by volunteering:

  1. Companies can choose one or two days and bring a group of up to 15 employees to join in delivering routes. Employees are divided into groups of 2-4 people and use their own cars to deliver. Employees arrive at 9:30 and take part in a short training before going out to deliver meals.  Each car of employees is given one route to do which will take between 1 1/2 to 2 hours to deliver. All routes must be finished by 12 noon. 
  2. Companies can also adopt a route.  The company chooses the delivery day and that route would become yours for as long as you would like.  Two different employees can be sent each week to deliver on the route.

 

Contact:
Name: Lisa Rae
Phone:
416-635-2900 ext. 284 or 375
Email:
Volunteer@circleofcare.com


Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services

 

Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services began as a soup kitchen in 1929, and since then has been steadily increasing and strengthening a diverse range of integrated services for residents of east downtown Toronto. Dixon Hall serves more than 10,000 people annually, impacting the lives of the most vulnerable and the most at-risk members of the community. They work with at-risk youth, seniors, adults with physical and health disabilities, people who need housing, individuals searching for employment, those with mental health issues, and newly immigrated individuals and their families.

 

Catchment Area:
East Downtown Toronto

 

Recruitment Status: Urgently Recruiting


Delivery Time: Afternoon

 

Corporate Volunteering:
Dixon Hall’s Corporate Meals on Wheels Volunteer Program offers employees an opportunity to enjoy ‘a different kind of lunch’ by helping to deliver meals to homebound seniors during their lunch hour.    How the program works:  Spend 2 hours, a minimum of once a month, delivering meals to people in need. Dixon Hall’s bus will pick you up from your office between 11:30 am and 11:45 am and bring you directly to the office at 192 Carlton St. You are assigned a route to deliver meals along with your co-workers. You are driven back to your office between 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm.

 

Contact:
Name: Heather Johnson
Phone:
416-863-0499 ext. 3225
Email:
heather.johnson@dixonhall.org


East York Meals on Wheels

 

East York Meals on Wheels is a not-for-profit community service agency that provides good food and social support through caring volunteers to enhance the well being of East York residents. Founded in 1969, the agency is funded by client fees, donations, memberships, bequests, grants, the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network, and the City of Toronto. East York Meals on Wheels is a registered charity. The agency is a member of Imagine Canada, the Ontario Community Support Association, and the Volunteer Centre of Toronto.

 

Our Vision: Older adults and people with health challenges should receive good food and social support to live well at home.

 

Our Mission: East York Meals on Wheels provides high quality, responsive and personalized food and support services through caring volunteers.

 

Catchment Area:

Bayview Ave (West), Glenvale Blvd (North), Browning/Aldwych/Springdale (South), Coxwell (East)

 

Recruitment Status: Urgently Recruiting

Delivery Time: Morning and afternoon

 

Corporate Volunteering:

East York Meals on Wheels engages employees from local companies to deliver meals on a regular basis.

 

Contact:
Name: Ms Canny Wu
Phone: 416-424-3322
Email:
mowcoord@eastyorkmealsonwheels.org


Lumacare

 

Lumacare aspires to enhance, engage and empower the members of our diverse community by providing equitable, accessible, and high quality services.

 

Catchment Area:

North - Steeles / South - Briar Hill / East - Bathurst / West Islington

 

Recruitment Status: Urgently Recruiting

Delivery Time: Morning and afternoon

 

Corporate Volunteering:

Lumacare engages corporate groups in teams of two (one driver and one runner). Delivery takes approximately one hour.

 

Contact:
Name: Gabriella Pinchera
Phone: 416-398-5510 ext. 249
Email: gpinchera@lumacare.ca


Neighbourhood Link Support Services

 

Neighbourhood Link Support Services is a non-profit support service agency working to help newcomers, youth, unemployed, seniors and the marginally housed, primarily in the east Toronto community to live independently and with dignity. Since 1975, with the assistance of staff and over 600 volunteers, they have been helping more than 11,000 people annually.  In cooperation with funders, they work with colleague agencies across the city to integrate their many services. Neighbourhood Link continues to be the formidable cornerstone of the community and the recognized leader in the provision of community services that respond to the needs of their neighbours.

 

Catchment Area:
East/West: Victoria Park Avenue to Coxwell Avenue | North/South: Holland Avenue to the Beaches

 

Recruitment Status: Actively Recruiting


Delivery Time: Morning

 

Corporate Volunteering:
Neighbourhood Link will train volunteers from corporations to send two volunteers once a week to deliver hot or frozen meals to seniors.

 

Contact:
Name: Nina Safary
Phone:
416-691-7407 ext. 236
Email:
nshwaizersafary@neighourhoodlink.org


Reconnect Community Health Services

 

Reconnect Community Health Services’ vision is to offer the highest standard of community health care in support of the communities they serve. Reconnect offers a wide range of programs, treatment, support and help to individuals 16 years of age and older. Services include Adult Day Services, Assisted Living Services, Case Management, Community Programs, Home Help and Personal Care, Meals on Wheels, Therapeutic Falls Prevention, Transportation, Mental Health Multidisciplinary Teams, Addictions Case Management, Crisis Outreach and Short-Term Crisis Beds.   

 

Catchment Area:
East/West: Spadina Road to Humber River | North/South: Lawrence Avenue W. to St. Clair Avenue W.

 

Recruitment Status: Actively Recruiting


Delivery Time: Morning and Afternoon

 

Contact:
Name: Cheryl Browne
Phone:
416-787-2114 ext. 207
Email:
cbrowne@reconnect.on.ca  
     


Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities

 

Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities (SCHC) is dedicated to meeting the diverse, holistic health needs of the communities of Scarborough by addressing physical, mental, social, financial and environmental aspects of their health. Through the promotion of healthy lifestyles and the delivery of a comprehensive range of culturally competent health and social services, we cultivate connected communities.

 

Catchment Area:
East of Brimley Rd to Pickering Town line and from the lake in the south to Steeles in the north.

 

Recruitment Status: Actively Recruiting

Delivery Time: Afternoon

 

Contact:
Name: Abha Govil
Phone:
416-847-4127
Email:
agovil@schcontario.ca


SPRINT Senior Care

 

SPRINT Senior Care began caring for seniors and enabling seniors to care for themselves in 1983. They continue to do so today as an accredited, not-for-profit community support service agency in Toronto by offering a wide range of practical and low-cost services to seniors and their caregivers. Services help seniors stay safe, connected, and live as independently as possible, as well as prevent premature or inappropriate institutionalization. SPRINT supplies services regardless of ability, race, religion, ethnic origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and are committed to LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) inclusiveness.    They also co-direct House Calls, a primary care program for frail and homebound seniors, and are the lead agency of Toronto Ride, a Toronto-wide transportation network that provides rides to seniors.

 

Catchment Area:
East/West: Bayview Avenue to Bathurst Street | North/South: Hwy 401 to Bloor Street

 

Recruitment Status: Actively Recruiting


Delivery Time: Morning

 

Contact:
Name: Ashika Iqbal
Phone:
416-481-0669 x 723
Email:
volunteer@sprintseniorcare.org


TransCare Community Support Services

 

Transcare provides home & community support for people who need assistance due to illness, convalescence, disability or functional limitations related to aging.

 

Catchment Area:
East/West: Port Union Road to Victoria Park Avenue | North/South: Steeles Avenue to the Lakeshore (excluding south of Eglinton Avenue East/west of Kennedy Road and south of the 401/east of Markham Road)

 

Recruitment Status: Urgently Recruiting

 

Delivery Time: Morning

 

Contact:
Name: Ambrose
Phone:
416 750-9885 ext. 260 or ext. 273
Email:
Ambrose.Yeung@tcare.ca


Warden Woods Community Centre

 

Warden Woods is a multi-service agency governed by a local Board of Directors and funded by all three levels of government, the United Way and other generous partners. The Centre provides over 50 programmes and services to over 6000 clients annually out of our main Centre and several satellite locations.

 

Catchment Area:

Victoria Park to Kennedy and Eglington to the lake.

 

Recruitment Status: Actively Recruiting

Delivery Time: Morning

 

Contact:
Name: Stella Joy
Phone: 416-694-1138
Email:
stellaj@wardenwoods.com


West Neighbourhood House

 

West Neighbourhood House enables less advantaged individuals, families and groups in the community to gain greater control over their lives and within their community.They work in partnership with the community to promote personal and social change in order to achieve a safe, health and accepting society for all. To this end, they will work with resources and the strengths of the community.

 

Catchment Area:
East/West: Yonge Street to Roncesvalles Avenue | North/South: Bloor Street to the Lakeshore

 

Recruitment Status: Actively Recruiting

 

Delivery Time: Morning

 

Corporate Volunteering:
WNH can accommodate up to 10 volunteers, 2 must be drivers with their own vehicles. It must be on a Tuesday or Thursday, from 9/930 a.m. - 1230/1 p.m. out of 248 Ossington Avenue.  Exceptions: May, June, October and November.

 

Contact:
Name: Danielle Benton
Phone: 416-532-7586
Email:
daniellebe@westnh.org


WoodGreen

Celebrating its 80th anniversary, WoodGreen is a founding United Way of Toronto member agency and is one of the largest social service agencies in Toronto. WoodGreen helps seniors live independently, internationally-trained professionals enter the job market, parents access childcare, children and youth access after-school programs, newcomers settle in to Canadian life, homeless and marginalized people get off the streets and job-seekers find meaningful employment and training. WoodGreen offers more than 75 innovative programs to some of Toronto’s most marginalized communities

Catchment Area: 

 East/West: DVP to Victoria Park | North/South: Lake Ontario to just north of the Danforth (Toronto/East York boundary)

Recruitment Status: Actively Recruiting

Delivery Time: Morning

Corporate Volunteering:
Please contact us if you’re interested in setting up a corporate partnership

Contact:
Name: Tim Griffin
Phone: 416-645-6000 x.1930
Email:
tgriffin@woodgreen.org

   
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