Volunteer Opportunities in Toronto – Make a Difference
Online Listing Sites
There are a number of sites online that allow you to search volunteer databases for opportunities. Some of the larger ones include:
• Volunteer Toronto – allows you to search using 5 criteria: Activity, Type of Organization Clients Served, Location, Special Events/Projects
• Charity Village – provides volunteer listings along with learning opportunities and other resources for volunteers
• Inside Toronto – covers 10 areas of the city, each of which lists local volunteer opportunities in their “What’s Happening” section
For those who have an idea of the type of volunteering they’d enjoy, there are numerous non-profit organizations seeking help year round. A partial list is provided below along with the types of functions each organization needs volunteers to fill. Each charity listed has a local Toronto branch or office.
• The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada – fundraising events, office support, donor development, patient services, family support groups, education, advocacy, expos and health fairs; Volunteers with special expertise such as nursing, social work or survivors who can work with newly diagnosed individuals also needed
• Canadian Volunteer Advisers to Business – require 10 years experience in a currently in-demand professional area; advisor to individuals and businesses in all sectors
• Evergreen – nature focused opportunities including planting/stewardship, special events/ festivals, seasonal work
• Hope Air-Vols d’Espoir – arranges air transport for those in need of medical care who can’t afford it; client care, volunteer pilots, event planning and directing, charity event planning
• YMCA Canada – provides services for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities; In need of association board members, fitness class teachers, fundraising, special events planning and directing, children and youth programs provider, mentoring; Training provided
• Habitat for Humanity – facilitates construction of homes for low income individuals; building of Habitat homes, serve on Boards of Directors, office help
• Alzheimer’s Society – office work, manage and run fundraising events
• Parkinson’s Society – peer support, office work, volunteer team leader, special events, support group facilitator
Toronto is filled with opportunities where you can use your unique skills and talents to help others. While far from a complete listing of available openings, this should provide an overview of the diverse options available. No matter what your interests or preferences for volunteering there is bound to be a match.