The president of the United Nations Foundation once said, “Giving is not just about a donation. It is about making a difference.” This winter, choose to make a difference in your own community by volunteering your time or money. 

Share your love of animals with Zoomies, a volunteer initiative dedicated to supporting dog owners. Zoomies offers free dog walking for those who cannot walk their dogs due to their job, disability, or health risk. Fill out an application and you’ll be contacted when a dog owner in your area registers. Don’t have the time to walk a dog? Consider purchasing something from the Toronto animal shelter wish list or the Tiny Purring Rescue Amazon.ca wish list.

Are you passionate about the environment? The 3Rs Ambassador Program in Toronto needs volunteers to help promote the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle within apartment, condo, and co-op communities. Ambassadors, with the approval of their building manager, will help educate renters on the importance of the three R’s. Interested residents should fill out an application to volunteer

The Mississauga Food Bank needs volunteers to sort, pack, and deliver food along with other tasks. Volunteers must be fully vaccinated and are required to create an account with the Mississauga Food Bank. Once approved, visit the volunteer calendar to pick the areas you’d like to volunteer in along with the dates and times the work best for you.  

Become an Elder Helper by volunteering your time to visit (virtually at present) senior citizens in Mississauga. These one-hour sessions are designed to provide seniors with socialization and ongoing assessment of their health and wellbeing. Interested volunteers must apply to be an Elder Helper online and complete the necessary training

Help those in your community by picking up goods, prescriptions, prepared meals, or groceries. The Toronto Bike Brigade is a group of cycling volunteers that offer to pick up goods and deliver to those in need. Anyone living in Toronto with their own bike can volunteer; use of your own backpack or bike basket is required to carry items. When and how much you carry is up to you, there’s a private Facebook group set up for last-minute or urgent delivery requests.