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Holiday volunteer opportunities in Toronto for 2016

Volunteer opportunities in Toronto over the holidays are plentiful. Donating some of your time is the perfect way to give back to the less fortunate and to spread a little holiday joy this season. Whether you're looking to make sure no one is left without gift or that the less fortunate are able to indulge in a festive meal, these are the places to hit up this season.

Here's a roundup volunteer opportunities during the holidays in Toronto.

Daily Bread Food Bank

The Daily Bread Food Bank is a charitable organization fighting against hunger. During the holidays they have numerous opportunies you can get involved in. From now until December 31 you can donate to their Holiday Drive. You can also apply to be a part of one of their Holiday Drive Public Food Sorts. Online registration opens on December 6 at 10 a.m.

Dixon Hall

During the month of December Dixon Hall is seeking volunteers for their Holiday Meals on Wheels program. They are in need of drivers and runners to provide the eldery hot and nutrious meals.


There's a lot going on at Evergreen Brick Works over the holidays. As a result they are on the search for volunteers to help out at their rink skate rental desk and with snow removal. They're also searching for helpers for their Winter Village.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is on the hunt for volunteers in Toronto to lend a helping hand this December. They'll be hosting their annual Gingerbread Build on December 3 and 4 and are seeking out enthusiatic assistants for the special event.

Heart & Stroke Foundation

The Heart & Stroke Foundation is looking for gift wrappers for the month of December. They have wrapping stations at both the Yonge-Eglinton Centre and RBC Plaza that are in need of individuals to take on some shifts to wrap gifts and collect donations.

Holiday Helpers

Do you have a smiling face, happy feet, quick fingers, four-hour endurance, and a love for gift wrapping? If so, this volunteer opportunity is for you. Holiday Helpers is seeking out people to sort through donations, wrap them and package them up for delivery. They also need assitance in their warehouse.

Horizons for Youth

Horizons for Youth is looking for people to assist with a vareity of tasks. This holiday season they need individuals to help organize the shelter's food and donation room and with preparing meals, wrapping gifts, staffing their donation drive, and cleaning the shelter.

Houselink Community Homes

Every holiday season Houselink Community Homes hosts their annual Holiday Party and Christmas Day dinner for their clients. They are searching for volunteers to assist in the set up of the meal, serving of the meal as well as clean up.

Kennedy House Youth Service

Volunteers are needed at the Kennedy House Youth Service to assist with gift wrapping, sorting donations, and serving food on Christmas day.

Riverdale Housing Action Group

This holiday season Riverdale Housing Action Group is searching for volunteers to aid in a vareity of duties. They need people to assist with wrapping holiday gifts, help with outreach and fundraising efforts, set-up and take-down of their holiday party, meal preparation for their holiday party, entertainment for their for holiday party, and craft table volunteers for their holiday party.

Second Harvest

If you're seeking a short-term volunteer opportunity this holiday season Second Harvest may be your best bet. They need people to assist with their Turkey Drive this December. Volunteers will be stationed at various Loblaw locations across Toronto on December 3 to 4 and 10 to 11 to ask customers to purchase a turkey and donate it.

The Neighbourhood Group

The Neighbourhood Group has an annual December Friendly Holiday Gift Giving Program. This program makes sure none of their Home Support clients are forgotten about and each recieve a gift. You can apply to help run deliveries of gifts all the way up until Christmas day.

Toronto Community Hostel

Toronto Community Hostel is devoted to helping the homeless in Toronto. This holiday season they are seeking volunteers to help wrap gifts along with assist with them with their annual Christmas party.

Trek for Teens

Nothing says spreading holiday joy qutie like a good 'ol fashioned Christmas carol. Trek for Teens volunteers can gather gather at Yonge-Dundas Square on December 17 for caroling and warm beverages in support of raising funds and awareness for homeless youth. You can sign up to join in on the festivties via their website.

Wychwood Open Door

Wychwood Open Door is known for serving the homeless and socially isolated individuals. This year they will be hosting a Holiday Dinner on December 21, and they are in need of volunteers to assist with food prep and serving for the special occasion.

Yonge Street Mission

The Yonge Street Mission has a plenty of holiday volunteering options available. You can apply to help with the toy market, holiday decorating, baking cookies, and much more. It's important to sign up early as spots fill up rather quickly.

Non-holiday related volunteer opportinites in Toronto

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