Community Service Organizations
The following community organizations look forward to working with you to create an experience that benefits your corporate and association objectives, their current needs and most importantly, your volunteers.
Please contact our Destination Services team should you require more information.
Eva's provides safe shelter, training, counseling and a wide range of innovative programs and services to help homeless and at-risk youth reach their potential to lead productive, self-sufficient and healthy lives. Locally Eva's operates three unique shelters which house and feed 114 youth aged 16-24 each night.
The Shoebox Project for Shelters, supported by Dream, collects and distributes gifts in the form of Shoeboxes to women who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in communities across Canada and the US. Each thoughtfully created and decorated Shoebox is filled with items valued at $50 that can enhance self-esteem and reduce feelings of isolation for women in crisis.
Between serving 55,000 meals and distributing 13,000 articles of clothing, volunteers make it happen. They are essential to our ability to provide services 52 weeks a year. We are always looking for volunteers - individuals, groups and corporations - to support our programming and special events. Please see below for information on opportunities for individuals and groups.
As a local, Christian development agency, we believe that each and every one of the 500,000 people experiencing poverty in Toronto has immense value. All our resources and energy at YSM are focused on working to respond to immediate needs and help people move from surviving to thriving. We believe that if we combine our collective resources and wisdom, together we can reach our goal of ending chronic poverty in a generation. We invite you to join us.
Since 1982, the Red Door has provided services for families and individuals who need safe and supportive emergency shelter. In the early 80's there was only one other shelter operating in Toronto. Responding to the growing need for shelter space for homeless families, the Red Door was opened in the basement of the Woodgreen United Church by a group of volunteers. We have now grown to be one of the largest family shelters in the city, providing shelter and support to over 500 families every year.
Daily Bread Food Bank is a non-profit, charitable organization that is fighting to end hunger in our communities. Daily Bread serves people through neighbourhood food banks and meal programs in its 171 member agencies. Daily Bread Food Bank fights hunger by providing food and resources for hungry people; mobilizing greater community support and creating social change through research, education and advocacy.
From humble beginnings, collecting and delivering unused fresh food from the city's restaurants and small grocery stores to shelters across the city, Second Harvest has grown to provide enough fresh and frozen foods for over 15,000 meals every day. Second Harvest drivers pick up this fresh food and transport it within hours to the front lines of hunger - to community centres, shelters, breakfast programs and drop-in centres. These social service agencies provide food to children in need, seniors on fixed incomes, women fleeing domestic abuse, homeless people, psychiatric patients and thousands of other who have fallen on hard times.
The soup's on in Toronto! Soup Sisters Toronto successfully launched on Wednesday, March 3, 2010. Fifty women rolled up their sleeves to make delicious, nutritious soups for Interval House at state-of-the-art dish cooking studio. Nearly 300 servings of soup were lovingly prepared under the capable and enthusiastic leadership of Celebrity Chef Christine Cushing. Satellite Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers in Toronto provides an opportunity for groups to come together in the commercial kitchen space at Liaison College Downtown under the tutelage of Culinary Director Chef Mick Elliott C.C.C, M.Sc. and his team. Conveniently located in downtown Toronto this location partners with us to support 4 shelters in the Toronto area on a revolving basis allowing us to reach hundreds of women, children and youth in crisis with our simple and powerful gift of soup.
Variety Village promotes appreciation, interaction, empowerment and inclusion. We facilitate the achievement of life goals for people with disabilities through sports, fitness, wellness; awareness; education; training, and skills development. Through our programs and services, Variety Village makes a profound difference in the spirits and lives of young people with disabilities and their families in the greater Toronto area and across Ontario.
Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area builds year-round throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Our build sites can accommodate teams of 5 to 70 people with customizable programs to meet your corporate objectives. Volunteers of all skill levels, and abilities are invited to join us on our build sites. No construction experience required
Newcomers and families in need can furnish their homes at no cost with the help of volunteers at the Furniture Bank, a United Way–supported registered charity.
Evergreen’s mission says it all: we are working to “deepen the connection between people and nature”. Evergreen's corporate planting and stewardship events are a great way to make a difference! A specialized planting event for your employees is a unique way to build leadership, bring people together and benefit the community. Evergreen has created a special opportunity for corporate groups to help enhance local green space by planting trees, shrubs and wildflowers in public spaces.
Founded with the purpose of getting medical supplies to those who can’t afford them. Ordinary tourists are given the means to change the lives of the locals they visit. After seeing first-hand the serious lack of medical supplies in Cuba in 1990, Dr. Ken Taylor and his wife Denise—from St. Catharines, Ontario—started taking medical supplies to remote areas in Cuba. Soon others who were traveling to Cuba began approaching them to take medical supplies too, and the Not Just Tourists phenomenon started. Ask delegates to bring an extra suitcase to donate and/or gather a group to sort and pack medical supplies.