Holiday Season is Here, want to add cheer? Warm Your Heart and Others this season!

Things looking a bit different?
Nope, you're not on the wrong site – we're updating our look and content! Keep your eyes peeled for more changes!

Author: Hayley Green

Posted: November 16, 2017

Categories: Events / GoodFoodBites / Opportunities / Volunteer. Job and Writing Opportunities

The holiday season is here and Christmas is fast approaching! If you want to give back this season and engage in some community events, volunteer or ways of giving then check out this list below!

Volunteer at the Neighbour 2 Neighbour Centre over the holidays.

Neighbour 2 Neighbour is a Sustain Ontario member! All below information is taken directly from their website. From December 4-22, 2017 Neighbour to Neighbour will provide festive essentials (groceries and food vouchers, toys and stocking stuffers) to approximately 1600 families registered in the Christmas program. Can you make a weekly commitment of 3.5 hrs (mid-November and December)? Submit an application form and attend one orientation on an upcoming date. See here. All information is taken directly from their website.

  • Warehouse (November & December only): volunteers help to receive and sorting food donations to ensure the timely stocking of food products on shelves.
  • Christmas Food Bank (November & December only): Ensure each shopper understands the point system for food items and is treated with dignity and respect.
  • Toy Room: Sort new donated children’s toys by suitability to age.
  • Christmas Toy Store: Volunteers set up the store, float between the store and Neighbour 2 Neighbour to maintain tables stocked with toys; assist shoppers with carry-out, and ensure each shopper is treated with dignity and respect.

Second Harvest Turkey Drive 

Join Second Harvest in their Turkey Drive! December 2-3 & 9-10th they host their annual Turkey Drive, an annual holiday food-raising campaign that unites shoppers, volunteers in Loblaws across the city of Toronto. The program ensures hungry Torontorians have access to warm holiday meals. Learn more here! All information is taken directly from their website.

Ottawa Food Bank

  • Each November, Ottawa Food Bank calls on YOU and challenges the workplaces and groups across Ottawa to collect funds and non-perishable food for families in need as part of their Holiday Food Drive.
  • 90 per cent of donations come directly from the community!
  • For more information click here.

Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard
Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard is one of Sustain Ontario’s members! They are engaging in a Reverse Advent Calendar! They ask that people grab a box and once a day add an item during the month of November then deliver it to GEFC at 2040 Arrowsmith on December 1st! In addition to food donations, they are also looking for special foods and treats for the big day, small cooking utensils, cookbooks and children’s books, puzzles, stocking stuff, new and gently used gift bags. They are centered on making Christmas Merry! All information is taken directly from their website.

Feed the Need in Durham 

The CP Rail Holiday Train is Rolling Into Town! Just Feed the Need in Durham Tuesday, November 28th at 3:05 pm and help raise food and funds to fight hunger in Durham Region! Colin James and Emma Lee will be present. You can enjoy a hot coffee on site, compliments of the Time Horton’s Coffee Truck.


Volunteer Toronto 

Check out this extensive list of 34 other ways to give back in Toronto this holiday season! All information is taken directly from their website. Some examples are:

  • Give Blood
  • Collect Books and start a little free library
  • Collect non-perishable food items and donate them to organizations such as the Yonge Street Mission, The Daily Bread Food Bank, Fort York Food Bank, North York Harvest or Second Harvest.
  • High-five your TTC driver and thank them for keeping you safe.
  • Bring treats to the office to share with co-workers.