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 your Client Services Manager should you require more information.

Thank you for making a difference in our community.


TORONTO SOUP SISTERS AND BROTH BROTHERS

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.

Interval House is Canada's first and oldest shelter. They provide a continuum of services that enable abused women and children to have access to safe shelter and responsive services that help them establish lives free from violence.

Soup Sisters Toronto is pleased to welcome their newest shelter recipient Sistering. Sistering is a long-established day shelter in Toronto that provides services to women who are homeless, under housed, low income or marginalized and are looking for a safe and welcoming place to go to during the day. They serve breakfast and lunch to about 200 women Monday to Friday.

Dish Cooking Studio is a one-stop culinary destination: a cooking school, cafe with prepared foods, gourmet retail store, catering company and private/corporate event space all centered around food, fun, and engaging and interactive culinary experiences.

Satellite Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers in Toronto provides an opportunity for groups to come together in the commercial kitchen space at Liason 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.

This is the perfect opportunity for a great night out with friends after work or a gathering for your book club or social club. Enjoy some kitchen camaraderie while making soup for women and children in crisis and then relax with your friends over a delicious bowl of soup accompanied by the perfect wine.

Eva's provides safe shelter, training, counselling 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.

Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers charge a $55 participation fee per person to cover the expenses of ingredients for the soups, the venue, equipment, supervision, and a Chef or professional facilitator. This ensures that the finest ingredients possible are used every time for the soups we provide to women, children and youth. Events are social evenings with lively conversation, chopping, laughter and warm kitchen camaraderie that culminate in a simple, sit-down supper of soup, salad, bread and wine for all participants. Each event produces approximately 150-250 servings of fresh soup that sustains your local shelter with nourishing and nurturing soup each month.

For more information or to book a soup making event contact toronto@soupsisters.org.


DAILY BREAD FOOD BANK

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.

There are several volunteer opportunities available at Daily Bread. Most of them involve sorting food and getting it ready to go to the people who need it. Volunteer roles include:

  • Food sorting: sorting food donations into different categories and palletizing them
  • Order picking: preparing the weekly food orders for our member agencies
  • Reclamation food sorting: sorting damaged product into special categories and palletizing
  • Bulk food processing: re-packaging bulk food items like beans and rice

We can accommodate groups of 4 to 30 people. Depending on our workload, we may be able to accommodate larger group requests.

For more information, please visit DailyBread.ca.


SECOND HARVEST

Ina Andre and Joan Clayton, two Toronto women, founded Second Harvest in 1985 as a way to address the growing problem of hunger in Toronto. All they had was a hatchback and a vision - that nobody in our community need ever go hungry.

From these 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.

Contact: Jennifer Chow at jenniferc@secondharvest.ca. Website: SecondHarvest.ca.


CITY OF TORONTO

Toronto's success as a great city is based on ensuring prosperity, liveability and opportunity for all residents.

One way to achieve that is through partnerships with businesses, not-for-profit organizations, community groups, residents' associations and individuals. The Toronto Office of Partnerships (TOP) works to develop and encourage such activity.

TOP works closely with partnership staff from other City divisions, agencies, boards and commissions and supports existing City partnership activities.

Contact: Phyllis Berck, Director at pberck@toronto.ca or (416) 392-6119.


EVERGREEN BRICK WORKS

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.

By deepening the connection between people and nature, and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments, Evergreen is improving the health of our cities—now and for the future. Through Evergreen Common Grounds and Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds, we are a leading national funder and facilitator of local, sustainable greening projects in schoolyards, parks and communities across Canada.

Evergreen has created a special opportunity for corporate groups to help enhance local green space by planting trees, shrubs and wildflowers in public spaces. Evergreen.ca.


YMCA OF GREATER TORONTO

Helping the YMCA build strong kids, strong families and strong communities.

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity that has been serving the community since 1853 and is one of the largest YMCAs in North America.  The YMCA of Greater Toronto offers individuals of all ages opportunities for personal growth, community involvement, and leadership through 3 core areas:  Health, Fitness and Recreation; Child, Youth and Family Development; and Employment, Skills Development, and Newcomer Services.

The YMCA of Greater Toronto works with all people in the community, irrespective of religious, racial, gender or cultural background. We aim to foster an inclusive society that is welcoming of everyone - regardless of background, circumstances, or abilities.  Now 156 years old, the YMCA of Greater Toronto movement has adapted to meet the needs of today’s changing society.  Our focus is on making connections: connecting with people, connecting with youth, and connecting with the community through our six core values, caring, honesty, health, inclusiveness, respect and responsibility.

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