1. Go on a historical walk led by the East York Historical Society www.eastyork.org/eyhs.html
2. Help make it easier for a deserving local female student to pay for university donate to the Canadian Federation of University Women’s East York/Leaside scholarship fund. For more information: www.leaside.org/cfuw/scholarship.html
3. Get into shape with a local jogging club like the East York Toronto Runners www.eytr.ca
4. Cultivate your green thumb at the East York Community Garden, located at 9 Haldon Ave. To arrange a tour contact firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Write a community grant and help east-end non-profits like St. Leonard’s Society of Toronto maintain their funding. See www.stleonardstoronto.com for more information about the group.
6. Tutor adult readers in literacy at a local Toronto Public Library branch S. Water Stewart in East York. Contact email@example.com for more information.
7. Vote in favour of a community project proposal via the Aviva Community Fund, which gives away one million dollars each year for initiatives garnering the most online support. See www.avivacommunityfund.org for a list of socially-minded ideas that could really use the funding.
8. Help Habitat for Humanity build affordable housing for needy families. Visit www.torontohabitat.ca for more information.
9. Volunteer for annual high-profile happenings like Doors Open Toronto and the Toronto International Film Festival. Contact the city’s co-ordinator of volunteer management Fiona Lucas at 416-392-9315 for more information.
10. Stuff envelopes, assist in training and help any way you can for East York East Toronto Family Resources. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
11. Help revitalize East Danforth by joining an advisory committee belonging to the Danforth East Community Association. For more information send an email to Volunteer@DanforthEastCommunityAssociation.com
12. Help the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office build a stronger community for residents of Thorncliffe Park. Check out www.thorncliffe.org for a list of available volunteering positions.
13. Prepare income tax returns for low income individuals and seniors on behalf of WoodGreen Community Services. See www.woodgreen.org for a list of opportunities.
14. Participate in East York’s 2013 Canada Day festivities. Visit www.eastyorkcanadaday.com/volunteers and fill out an online application.
15. Deliver meals to east-end seniors through the True Davidson (www.tdmow.ca) and East York Meals on Wheels programs (416-424-3322).
16. Join a local community group’s board of directors.
17. Become a youth volunteer for the annual Taste of the Danforth, Canada’s largest street festival. Check out www.tasteofthedanforth.com to see how you can get involved.
18. Encourage sustainable eating by visit a farmer’s market. See www.eat-local.ca for a list of locations.
19. Form a group and volunteer for at least one shift for a neighbourhood food bank. See www.dailybread.ca to find out how to sign up.
20. Help prepare hot meals for the homeless through Out of the Cold. See www.ootc.ca for a list of locations.
21. Improve educational opportunities for aboriginal students living in the far north by donating to Frontiers Foundation 416-690-3930.
22. Become a scouter and help various Beavers, Cub Scouts, Girl Guides, Venturers, Brownies and more earn their merit badges. Visit www.scouts.ca and www.girlguides.ca for a list of volunteering opportunities.
23. Coach in local youth sports leagues like the East York Baseball Association: www.eastyorkbaseball.com and the East York Soccer Club: www.eastyorksoccer.com.
24. Take part in the high school student after-school program at Toronto East General Hospital. See www.tegh.on.ca for more information.
25. Volunteer at a local church, mosque or temple.
26. Attend a regular meeting of the East York Garden Club. To see a calendar of events visit www.eygc.ca
27. Join the local chapter of a service club such as the Toronto East York Rotary Club (www.eastyorkrotary.org)
28. Express community concern over local issues via local ratepayers’ groups like the Leaside Property Owners’ Association (www.lpoa.ca).
29. Volunteer for a local political representative or city councillor.
30. Start a Neighbourhood Watch in your community: contact the Crime Prevention Association of Toronto (CPAT) at www.cpatoronto.org or 416-225-1102.
31. Grocery shop, shovel the driveway or cook a meal for a sick or elderly neighbour.
32. Organize a bottle drive to support local sport teams.
33. Attend a meeting of Toronto-East York Community Council at Toronto City Hall.
34. Act as an interpreter for Neighbourhood Link Support Services - www.neighbourhoodlink.org.
35. Get to know your local police officers by contacting 54 Division at 41 Cranfield Rd., 416-808-5400.
36. Give blood at a local clinic. See www.blood.ca for more info about donating.
37. Contact a neighbourhood school to become a volunteer and mentor.
38. Adopt a local pet through the city’s animal services department. Visit www.toronto.ca/animal_services for more information.
39. Give up your seat on the bus for someone who needs it.
40. Participate in a Terry Fox walk/run in September. Visit www.terryfox.org/Run/Ontario.html for more information.
41. Help clean up the neighbourhood on Earth Day. Find out how to get involved at www.earthday.ca
42. Become a volunteer outdoor teaching assistant at the Evergreen Brickworks community environmental centre. Visit http://ebw.evergreen.ca/ for postings.
43. Honour local veterans at the East York Remembrance Day ceremony in November. Visit http://www.toronto.ca/lestweforget/remembrance-city.htm for a service near you.
44. Become a youth mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto at www.bbbst.com or call 416-925-8981 ext. 4118.
45. Fill out an online form at www.salvationarmy.ca/volunteer to connect with the Salvation Army volunteer co-ordinator in your area.
46. Cycle through the Don Valley and other popular bike routes in East York. Check out www.toronto.ca/cycling or visit your local library community centre or civic centre for a map of suggested routes.
47. Attend a production by local theatre groups such as the Eastside Players www.eastsideplayers.ca
48. Properly dispose of cigarette butts.
49. Swap plastic forks and paper plates for re-usable cutlery and food containers.
50. Join the all-volunteer board of the East York Skating Club 416-396-2872.