Community Service Organizations

The following NFP organizations, providing volunteer opportunities and/or who accept event-related donation streams (food and other materials), 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 or send us an online request should you require more information.

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

The YMCA of Great 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, social, 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.

Contact: Joelle Berube-Cheng
Tel: 416-413-1020 ext. 2040

SecondHarvest.jpgSECOND 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 others who have fallen on hard times.

Contact: Jennifer Chow

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
Tel: 416-392-6119

Daily Break Food Bank is a non-profit, charitable organization that is fighting to end hunger in our communities. Daily Bread services 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.

Tel: 416-203-0050

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.

Contact: Akasha Allen
Tel: 416-5961495 ext. 327

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