The warmer air isn’t the only thing that can make you feel good this spring – so can giving back to your community. If you have some free afternoons or weekends coming up, why not spend some of your time volunteering for a local organization? Volunteering is often a very rewarding experience that can help to improve the lives of those living in your community. Whether you are a high school student needing to complete your volunteer hours before you graduate or just someone who wants to make a positive impact in your community, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer with great organizations right here in the GTA:
For those looking for hands-on work, Habitat with Humanity provides volunteers with the opportunity to build houses in the GTA from the ground up. No experience is required, just be prepared to get your hands dirty! Their online sign-up system makes it super simple to find a day, time and build-site location that is convenient for you.
Are you an animal lover? Spend some time walking dogs and cleaning cages at your local SPCA. These dogs and cats are often on their own for extended periods of time so a little love will go a long way. The minimum age to volunteer is 14 and full training is provided, making this a great volunteer opportunity for students. Plus, there are locations all over the Greater Toronto Area, so it will be easy to find one that’s close to you.
If you have access to a vehicle, consider helping your local Meals on Wheels program. As a volunteer, you will be delivering meals to the elderly living in and around your neighborhood. This is a great opportunity to not only ensure that those who depend on the program receive their daily meals, but to also build meaningful and lasting relationships with the people you are helping.
Canadian Cancer Society – Daffodil Month
Every April, volunteers set up shop in grocery stores and malls across Canada to sell fresh daffodil and daffodil pins to benefit the Canadian Cancer Society. It is an annual tradition that has helped to raise millions of dollars towards helping reduce the burden of cancer on Canadians. Volunteers are still needed for this year’s upcoming Daffodil Month, so sign up now!
To find more volunteer opportunities in the GTA, start by visiting https://volunteer.ca
If you’re in the York Region area, the NewRoads Automotive Group holds several community events each year and we’re always looking for great volunteers! See what we’re up to in the community here.