Bloor West Villager
1. Contact your neighbourhood school to become a volunteer mentor.
2. Create a fundraising web page for SickKids Foundations. Learn how at www.sickkidsfoundation.com/moreways/fundraisingpage.asp
3. Make a lonely animal’s day. Walk a dog at an animal shelter.
4. Help an elderly neighbour while getting some exercise. Shovel the snow from her walkway.
5. Help English-speaking adults improve their reading, writing, and basic math skills through Toronto Public Library.
6. Give one-on-one homework help to students in grades 7 to 12. To find out more about volunteering at your local branch, visit www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/support-us/volunteering/
7. Consider volunteering at Colborne Lodge in High Park. There are many roles both adult and youth volunteers can play, including helping at family fun events, becoming a tour guide or engaging with kids at museum day camps. Call 416-392-6916 for details.
8. Furnish homes for families in need. The Furniture Bank, 11 Peel Ave., recycles gently used household furnishings from individuals and corporate donors to our client base, which includes women and children, refugees and the homeless. Call 416-934-1229 to donate.
9. Donate to the Redwood Shelter, a safe haven for women and children escaping domestic abuse. Donations go toward purchasing much-needed practical items for families arriving at the emergency shelter. Call (416) 533-9372 ext 227.
10. Get involved with the High Park K9 (Canine) Committee to promote responsible dog walking in High Park’s off-leash area. The committee meets on a monthly basis. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
11. Spend time with seniors in the community at various retirement residences, including The Grenadier. Call 416-769-2885.
12. Get involved with CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind). Volunteer your time, join an event, fundraise or be an advocate. Visit www.cnib.ca
13. Change a life. Donate to the Yonge Street Mission. Visit www.ysm.ca
14. Volunteer for the Kids Help Phone. Contact 416-586-5437 or email email@example.com
15. Support pregnant women, seniors on very low income, immigrant families, homeless families and at-risk youth all at the same time by donating to Four Villages Community Health Centre. Log onto www.4villageschc.ca/donations.html
16. Raise awareness and fundraise for valuable disaster relief. ShelterBox, on Jane Street north of Bloor Street West, is recruiting for its ambassador program. More information can be found here: www.shelterboxcanada.org/involved.php
17. Visit remote corners of the globe as part of a ShelterBox disaster response team. Volunteers deliver on-the-ground aid to those hit by natural and man-made disasters. Call 647-352-1930.
18. Donate to an animal in need. Toronto Animal Services is looking for items like dog biscuits, leashes and collars, cat treats, scratching posts and cat harnesses. Visit www.toronto.ca/animal_services/pet_donations.htm
19. Join a residents’ association. There are several in the area, including the Junction, Bloor West Village and West Bend, among others.
20. Commit to improving the environment. Start locally by joining Green 13. More information is at www.green13toronto.org
21. Advocate for access to safe cycling routes. Join Friends of the West Toronto Railpath, http://railpath.wordpress.com
22. Help make your neighbourhood safer. Join the 11 Division Police Liaison Committee (CPLC). Call 416-808-1119, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
23. Become a school crossing guard. For information about the school crossing locations available and the hours of work, contact Luisa Brown at 416-808-1235.
24. Help keep the High Park Zoo open. Join Friends of the High Park Zoo. Contact www.highparkzoo.ca
25. Join a church congregation.
26. Volunteer for the Girl Guides of Canada. Sparks, Brownies, Guides and Venturers meet regularly at Humbercrest United Church. Call the church at 416-767-6122 for further details.
27. Get involved with ‘Ruth’s Daughters,’ a group that gathers to activate women in their faith communities to discuss and implement strategies to prevent violence against women. Contact 416-767-6122 for meeting details.
28. Support Scouts Canada either through your time or donation. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers meet at various times during the week at Humbercrest United Church (among other area locations). Contact David Gilmour through the church at 416-767-6122 for more information.
29. Mentor a young girl or boy through the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada. Visit www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca
30. Volunteer for an Out of the Cold program in or near your community. All Saints’ Kingsway Church has been feeding the most disadvantaged and marginalized people in our society since 1995. Visit www.allsaintskingsway.ca for details.
31. Donate to the United Church of Canada’s Horn of Africa Drought Relief initiative. Call 416-231-5931 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 x 2026 to make a donation.
32. Get involved in municipal, provincial or federal politics. Contact your local representative.
33. Donate or get involved with the High Park Nature Centre, www.highparknaturecentre.com
34. Join the City of Toronto Community Stewardship Program, which cares for and maintains Toronto’s natural environment parkland. For more information or to join the Community Stewardship Program, call 311 or email email@example.com or log onto toronto.ca/greentoronto
35. Help a senior to live independently. Volunteer for the Silver Circle West Toronto Services for Seniors. Visit www.silvercircle.ca/volunteer
36. Volunteer for Meals on Wheels. To find out your closest location, check out www.mealcall.org/canada/ontario/toronto.htm
37. Befriend a new neighbour.
38. Cook a meal (or several) for an ailing friend, neighbour, family member or someone who has just had a baby.
39. Provide baby-sitting for family, friends or neighbours.
40. Organize a Neighbourhood Watch program on your street.
41. Take a trash bag with you while you’re out walking in your community. Pick up any litter you see on your way.
42. Smile at fellow pedestrians as you walk by.
43. Get involved in local not-for-profit agencies like The Revue Film Society. Check out http://revuecinema.ca
44. Sponsor a kids’ sports team, such as the Toronto High Park FC, www.torontohighparkfc.com
45. Coach a team.
46. Donate gently used toys and clothing to organizations like the Salvation Army.
47. Donate canned goods to local food banks.
48. Give blood.
49. Recycle old electronics. The Swansea Town Hall always has an iRecyle inorganic waste drop off bin in its lobby. Drop by to dispose of your unwanted electronic waste, such as cell phones, lap tops, circuit boards, computer peripherals, pda’s, ipods, mp3s, earphones, etc., 95 Lavinia Ave.
50. Volunteer at the United Way. Visit www.unitedwaytoronto.com