Want to help your local community? Look no further than these great places to volunteer in Mississauga
By Travis Persaud
“Volunteers are the heartbeat of most non-profit organizations,” says Lori Smith, manager of Eden Community Food Bank a United Way-funded agency in Mississauga. “[They] are kind-hearted, generous and passionate about the mission of the organization for which they volunteer.”
That dedication helps shape communities and, According to Statistics Canada, enables non-profits to deliver necessary programs and services to millions of Canadians.
This organization supports individuals with intellectual disabilities. They work to ensure their clients have a high quality of life within their community through offering employment options, residential support and a number of social outlets. Corporate volunteers are needed to help with landscaping at their 30 residential homes; teen volunteers and co-op students can join their March Break and Summer Teen Activity Programs; and individual adults can assist in most areas of programming Where: 6695 Millcreek Dr., with volunteering opportunities throughout the city. How to volunteer: Visit their volunteer page to submit an application or email Deb Wach at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about opportunities.
(Photography courtesy of Community Living Mississauga)
This not-for-profit, charitable organization is the hub of arts and cultural happenings in Mississauga. The space hosts world-class shows, courses and community events in its state-of-art building, which houses seven craft studios and three theatres. They need volunteers to guide guests throughout the space, seat patrons for special events, help individuals with special needs and much more. Where: 4141 Living Arts Dr. How to volunteer: Visit their volunteer page to search openings for both youth and adults.
Initially starting in 1989 out of Eden United Church, this grassroots food bank—now officially Eden Community Food Bank—has grown into a full-fledged incorporated charity that serves out of two Mississauga locations. Their motto, “good food for all,” guides how they work within their communities. They’ve chosen to take a relational approach, working with families on a longer-term basis to provide access to nutritious food and food skills through their Learning Kitchen.
Where: 3185 Unity Dr., Unit 2 and 3051 Battleford Rd. How to volunteer: Visit their Get Involved page and click on a group or demographic to find out more.
Established in 1971, this United Way-funded agency is multi-service, offering counselling, family law, trauma intervention and more. Their goal is to strengthen individuals, couples and families through coaching, education, mentoring and overall support. Volunteers can assist with areas that fit their experience (such as counselling or research) or with community and employment programs and general administration.
Where: 151 City Centre Dr., Suite 501 How to volunteer: Visit their volunteer page to fill out a form.
This United Way-funded organization began in 1989 out of a desire to improve the quality of life in the Dixie Bloor area. Today, they continue with that mission, offering their programs—employment assistance, English classes, summer camp and more—free of charge to community members. Volunteers have the opportunity to assist with any of these programs or choose to help in a variety of areas based on the Centre’s needs. Where: 3650 Dixie Rd., with volunteering opportunities throughout the neighbourhood. How to volunteer:Visit their website to fill out the volunteer form.
(Photography courtesy of Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre)
This United Way-funded agency works with youth and families to offer legal help—such as extrajudicial measures to guide youth away from formal criminal proceedings and towards rehabilitation—and support for mental health issues with programs like counselling, behaviour therapy and 2SLGBTQ+ support groups. Volunteers can step into most areas within the agency, including court support, childcare and tutoring.
Where: 160 Traders Blvd. E.
How to volunteer: Fill out their volunteer form here.
Interim Place, a United Way-funded agency, supports abused women and children. They provide shelter, counselling and advocacy to break the cycle of abuse, and to ensure women have economic, social and political justice. Volunteers can help with everything from fundraising events to food, clothing and housing support.
Where: Please call (905) 403-9691 or visit their website for more information How to volunteer: You can fill out the volunteer form here.
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