No matter your passion, your cause or your concern, there is an organization working on it that's ready to welcome you.
ACTION VOLUNTEERS FOR ANIMALS Finds foster homes for sick and pregnant animals. 416-439-8770, www.actionvolunteersforanimals.com.
animal alliance of canada This group works for animal rights. 416-462-9541, www.animalalliance.ca.
animal liberation front Saves animals from research facilities through direct action. www.animalliberationfront.com.
annex cat rescue All-volunteer charity that feeds and fosters homeless and feral cats. 416-410-3835, www.annexcatrescue.on.ca.
caring canine Run and funded by volunteers, it provides therapy dogs to patients in hospitals and elders at nursing homes. www.caringcanine.ca.
fatal light awareness program Protects migratory birds in the city. 416-366-3527, www.flap.org.
toronto humane society Promotes the humane care and protection of all animals through adoption and a food bank. 416-392-2273, www.torontohumanesociety.com.
TORONTO WILDLIFE CENTRE Cares for sick, injured and orphaned wild animals. 416-631-0662, www.torontowildlifecentre.com.
toronto zoo The zoo uses volunteers in wildlife, conservation and education programs. 416-392-5942, www.torontozoo.com.
CANADIAN FEED THE CHILDREN This independent charity helps alleviate the impact of poverty on children. www.canadianfeedthechildren.ca.
DAILY BREAD FOOD BANK Join Daily Bread sorting food, driving trucks and advocating for the agency. 416-203-0050, www.dailybread.ca.
fOODSHARE TORONTO Distributes the Good Food Box and staffs the FoodLink hotline. 416-363-6441 ext 221, www.foodshare.net.
furniture bank Collects and distributes donated furniture to households in need. 416-934-1229, www.furniturebank.org.
homelessness action group Helps with emergency shelter and advocates for long-term housing for the homeless. 416-463-9240, www.homelessness.on.ca.
ontario coalition against poverty Direct-action, anti-poverty organization advocating for individuals against eviction, termination of benefits and deportation. 416-925-6939, www.ocap.ca.
out of the cold Local religious communities open their doors to provide food, shelter and support to those in need. www.ootc.ca.
ST FRANCIS TABLE Nonprofit restaurant in Parkdale committed to social justice. 416-532-4172, www.capuchinoutreach.org.
toronto disaster relief committee Group of health workers, social workers and anti-poverty activists that advocates on housing and homelessness issues. 416-599-8372,www.tdrc.net.
YOnge street mission Volunteers are always needed for the annual clothing drive. 416-929-9614, firstname.lastname@example.org.
art gallery of ontario Train to be a docent or, if you're under 21, get involved with Teens Behind The Scenes. 416-979-66660,www.ago.net.
art gallery of york university Become a volunteer at York's fine art gallery in the Accolade East Building. 416-736-5169,www.yorku.ca/agyu.
blind kids art Provides art classes to non-sighted children. 416-821-2375, www.blindkidsart.org.
canstage Volunteer as an usher or bar server and get to see free Canadian theatre. 416-367-8243, www.canstage.com.
fado Artist-run centre devoted to the exhibition and presentation of contemporary performance art. www.performanceart.ca.
ELECTRONIC COMMONS/l'AGORA ELECTRONIQUE Not-for-profit national creative Web network. 416-596-9533, www.ecommons.net.
esprit orchestra Canada's premiere orchestra of new classical music needs volunteer ushers and more. 416-815-7887, email@example.com.
THE FRINGE Get to see free theatre by volunteering at Toronto's largest theatre festival. 416-966-1062,www.fringetoronto.com.
international children's festival Harbourfront's annual kids' arts fest relies on volunteers to keep things run smoothly. 416-973-4000, www.harbourfrontcentre.com.
mcluhan global research network Free community learning network exploring the ideas of Canada's media philosopher. 416-596-9533,www.mcluhan.ca.
royal ontario museum Volunteer or intern in the ROM's hands-on galleries. 416-586-8000, www.rom.on.ca.
STorytellers school of toronto Help out at the annual Toronto Festival Of Storytelling. 416-656-2445, www.storytellingtoronto.org.
summerworks See free theatre in return for volunteering at the summer festival. firstname.lastname@example.org.
CANADA WORLD YOUTH Youth 17 to 29 travel, learn, live and volunteer in communities in Canada and overseas. 416-596-9702,www.canadaworldyouth.org.
CECIL COMMUNITY CENTRE Cantonese and Mandarin speakers tutor ESL, work at a youth drop-in and help with children's homework. 416-392-1090.
CENTRAL NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE This agency offers a variety of community programs. 416-925-4363, www.cnh.on.ca.
Downsview services to seniors Provides a variety of services to the elderly in need. 416-398-5510.
JESSIE'S CENTRE FOR TEENAGERS Resource centre serving pregnant and parenting teens. 416-365-1888, www.jessiescentre.org.
L'ARCHE TORONTo Supports adults with developmental disabilities. 416-406-2869, www.larchetoronto.org.
mid-toronto community services Organization that delivers meals to people living with HIV/AIDS. 416-962-9449.
parent education network Non-profit organization offering parenting classes in the city's west end. 416-255-8969, www.parenteducationnetwork.ca.
PEGASUS COMMUNITY PROJECT Helps young adults with developmental disabilities. 416-691-5651.
portland place Supportive housing facility for marginalized people. 416-703-0652.
ST CHRISTOPHER HOUSE Downtown west-end community agency. 416-532-4828, http://www.stchrishouse.org.
STREET HAVEN Feeds, tutors and provides recreation to homeless and socially isolated women. 416-967-6060, www.streethaven.com.
tRAVELLERS AID SOCIETY Offers city info and crisis assistance to visitors. 416-366-7788, www.travellersaid.ca.
WOODGREEN COMMUNITY CENTRE Delivers meals to seniors and runs after-school programs. 416-469-5211, www.woodgreen.org.
ymca Offers fitness and youth programs, employment centres, child care and more to residents across the GTA. 416-413-1020, www.ymcatoronto.org.
amref canada African-based NGO leading health and research initiatives in Africa. 416-961-6981, www.amrefcanada.org.
anishnawbe health Works to improve the health and well being of aboriginal people. 416-360-0486, http://aht.ca.
black action defence committee Provides legal services for blacks who have been treated unfairly by police and the courts. 416-656-2232.
black youth coalition against violence Forum for critical discussion about youth violence and its causes. email@example.com,black youth united Organizes cultural activities, film screenings and discussions. 416-692-1249, firstname.lastname@example.org.
native canadian centre Gathering place for native people and promoter of traditional culture. 416-964-9087 ext 339, www.ncct.on.ca.
native women's resource centre Delivers programs and services to empower native women and children. 416-963-9963, www.nativewomenscentre.org.
somali youth association Non-profit, youth-based organization serving Somali youth in Metro Toronto. 416-247-6333, www.soyat.org.
south asian family support services Community non-profit offering assistance to immigrants, abuse counselling and education. 416-431-4847, www.safss.com
tropicana community services Scarborough agency that provides math and language tutoring, and teaches chess and steel pan. 416-439-9009.
WORKING SKILLS CENTRE Community training agency for immigrant women. 416-703-7770, www.workingskillscentre.com.
act for the earth Promotes peace, ecology and human rights. 647-438-7068, www.actfortheearth.org.
action to restore a clean humber Works to restore clean waters in Humber Bay. 416-741-5346.
artists alliance for the environment Promotes environmental awareness in the arts and the use of safe art materials. 416-483-9264.
canadian institute for environmental law and policy Conducts research on enviro laws and policy. 416-923-3529, www.cielap.org.
canadian association of physicians for the environment Specializes in eco-protection for human health. 416-306-2273.
community bicycle network Stimulates, supports and links community-based bicycle initiatives in the city. 416-504-2918, www.communitybicyclenetwork.org.
earthroots Specializes in defending wildlife, wilderness and watersheds. 416-599-0152, www.earthroots.org.
environmental defence Works to green cities and save species. 416-323-9521,www.environmentaldefence.ca.
evergreen foundation Its mandate is to create healthy outdoor spaces. 416-596-1495,www.evergreen.ca.
federation of ontario naturalists Protects and restores habitats. 416-444-8419,www.ontarionature.org.
friends of the spit Local group intent on preserving the Leslie Street Spit. 416-699-3143, www.interlog.com/~fos.
Global aware canada Volunteer journalists, photographers, writers, graphic designers and Web professionals working toward environmental justice and social change. http://www.GlobalAware.ca.
GREENEST CITY Reduces pollution, improves energy efficiency and promotes sustainable transportation. 416-922-7626, www.greenestcity.net.
greenpeace Works to protect ancient forests and oceans and against climate change, GE foods and nuclear power. 416-597-8408,www.greenpeace.ca.
HIGH PARK nature centre Provides children's environmental education programs in High Park. 416-392-1748.
HIGH PARK VOLUNTEER STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM Supports ecosystem restoration in High Park by seeding, weeding, planting and transplanting. 416-392-1748, www.highpark.org.
LOCAL ENHANCEMENT AND APPRECIATION OF FORESTS (LEAF) Teaches tree care skills and provides info on residential planting programs. 416-413-9244, www.leaftoronto.org.
north toronto green community Focuses on improving local environment. 416-781-7663, www.ntgc.ca.
ontario clean air alliance Its mandate is to eliminate coal-burning plants and promote sustainable energy. 416-926-1907, www.cleanair.web.net
ontario nature/nature conservancy of canada Works on habitat restoration, trail maintenance and wildlife research. 416-444-8419, pollution probe Specializes in environmental research. 416-926-1907, www.pollutionprobe.org.
probe international Exposes enviro and economic effects of Canada's aid and trade abroad. 416-964-9223, www.probeinternational.org.
riversides Helps restore local watersheds. 416-392-1983, www.riversides.org.
save the oak ridges moraine (storm) coalition Its mandate is to protect the Moraine. 647-258-3281, www.stormcoalition.org.
save the rouge valley system Focuses on clean water and habitat protection. 416-282-9983, www.rivernen.ca.
sierra club of canada Works toward creating sustainable communities. 416-960-9606,http://www.ontario.sierraclub.ca/toronto.
Task force to bring back the don Activities include planting trees and maintaining naturalization sites. 416-392-0401,www.toronto.ca/don.
toronto atmospheric fund Works at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and on energy conservation. 416-392-0271, www.toronto.ca/taf.
toronto bay initiative Helps to improve water quality and regenerate habitat. 416-598-2277, www.torontobay.net.
toronto cycling committee City committee promoting cycling. 416-392-7592,toronto.ca/cycling/committee.
toronto environmental alliance TEA's specialty is the greening of Toronto. 416-596-0660, www.torontoenvironment.org.
tORONTO ENVIRONMENTAL VOLUNTEERS Promotes the city's waste diversion, water efficiency and air quality programs. 416-397-4838,u of t centre of environment Holds free environmental seminar series. www.environment.utoronto.ca.
wildlands league Focuses on protecting waterways, forests and ecosystems. 416-971-9453, www.wildlandsleague.org.
windshare Group promoting urban renewable energy. 416-977-5093, world wildlife fund Habitat and endangered species protection. 416-489-8800,wwf.ca.
AIDS ACTION NOW Political advocacy group for research and treatment of HIV/AIDS. 416-925-9872 ext 2820.
aids committee of toronto (act) Community-based AIDS organization offering counselling and support services. 416-340-2437 or go toactoronto.org.
ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF TORONTO Help out at the Walk for Memories on January 27. 416-322-6560, www.alzheimertoronto.org.
BAYCREST CENTRE FOR GERIATRIC CARE Needs volunteers for its seniors' programs. 416-785-2500 ext 2572,www.Baycrest.org.
black coalition for aids prevention Black C.A.P. provides info and workshops on AIDS and other STDs to the black community. 416-977-9955,www.black-cap.com.
CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY Needs volunteers to provide one-on-one peer support to others dealing with cancer. 416-440-3330, www.cancer.ca/toronto.
CANADIAN national institute for the blind Volunteers are needed to support the CNIB's annual Crocus Campaign. 416-486-2500 ext 8247, email@example.com.
CANADIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY Join the Emergency Response Team to help with disasters and extreme weather response. 416-480-2500.
caSEY HOUSE HOSPICE Provides palliative and supportive care for people living with HIV/AIDS. 416-962-4040, www.caseyhouse.com.
DISTRESS CENTRES OF TORONTO Volunteers are needed 24/7 to answer calls from lonely, distressed or suicidal individuals. 416-598-0166 for more info.
Dorothy ley hospice Palliative care centre assisting and comforting people and families facing life-threatening illness. 416-626-0116.
HAZEL BURNS HOSPICE Provides end-of-life support to families in their homes. 416-782-5915, www.hazelburnshospice.net.
hospice toronto Group providing end-of-life care to people in their own homes. 416-364-1666.
JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUND This health organization needs people to staff its annual fundraisers. 1-877-CURE 533,www.jdrf.ca.
MEDECINS SANs FRONTIERES / DOCTORS without borders Medical emergency aid organization improving access to health care overseas.www.msf.ca.
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY OF CANADA Volunteers are needed for upcoming fundraising walks. 416-922-6600, www.mssociety.ca.
OSTEOPOROSIS SOCIETY OF CANADA Holds public education and fundraising events in Toronto. 416-696-2663, osteoporosis.ca.
PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF TORONTO Pro-choice agency promoting healthy sexuality. 416-961-0113, www.ppt.on.ca.
SMILES FOUNDATION Grassroots NGO providing dental care and health education in the Dominican Republic. 416-663-0445.
TORONTO PEOPLE WITH AIDS FOUNDATION Dedicated to promoting the self-sufficiency of people living with HIV/AIDS. 416-506-1400.
amnesty international Works to protect human rights worldwide. www.amnesty.org.
anarchist u Volunteer-run collective that organizes free courses on arts and sciences using anarchist principles.www.anarchistu.org.
canadian arab foundation Represents Canadian Arabs on issues relating to public policy. 1057 McNicoll, 416-493-8635,www.caf.ca.
canada tibet committee Works to end oppression and human rights attacks on Tibet by China through non-violence. 416-356-5106, www.ctctoronto.ca.
CANADIAN CENTRE FOR VICTIMS OF TORTURE Assists children survivors with homework, offers ESL tutoring and provides interpretation services. 416-363-1066, www.ccvt.org.
coalition against israeli apartheid Educates and demonstrates in support of the people of Gaza. 647-831-5516, www.caiaweb.org.
friends of falun gong Organization supporting Falun Gong practitioners' freedom of belief. www.dawn.thot.net/fofg.
haiti action toronto Group raising awareness of Canada's violent occupation of Haiti.www.canadahaitiaction.ca.
hands off venezuela Organizes anti-war demos and educates about the state of Venezuela. www.handsoffvenezuela.org.
HUMANIZE toronto Works on campaigns around the issues of human rights, homelessness, environment and real democracy. 416-760-3475, humanizetoronto.org.
kairos Ecumenical partnership working to promote human rights, justice and peace. 416-463-5312, www.kairoscanada.org.
maquila solidarity network Labour and women's rights advocacy group working in Mexico, Central America and Asia. 416-532-8584, www.maquilasolidarity.org.
no one is illegal Group of immigrants, refugees and allies fighting for the rights of all migrants to live with dignity. 416-597-5820 ext 5438, www.toronto.nooneisillegal.org.
palestine house Educational, social and cultural centre for the Palestinian community. 3195 Erindale Station, Mississauga. 905-270-3622, www.palestinehouse.com.
por amor Helps raise funds to support families in need in the Dominican Republic.www.poramor.ca.
toronto association for democracy in china Campaigns for human rights in China. 416-804-1527, firstname.lastname@example.org.
united jewish people's order Socialist-oriented organization of secular Jews promoting peace and social justice. 416-789-5502,winchevskycentre.org
ALEXANDRA PARK NEIGHBOURHOOD LEARNING CENTRE Runs adult literacy programs and tutors English, math and computers. 416-591-7384.
beat the street Literacy program working with street-involved youth. 416-923-3591, www.beat-the-street.org.
frontier college Literacy tutors work one-on-one or in small groups with adults. 416-923-3591,JUMP Provides elementary schools in high-needs areas with volunteer math tutors. 416-596-7716, www.jumpmath.org.
on your mark Volunteer tutoring program for grades one to 12. 416-532-2824 ext 34.
parkdale project read Non-profit community literacy program for adults. 416-531-6308,www.nald.ca/ppr.
pathways to education Helps young people from at-risk communities achieve their full potential by staying in school. 416-860-3706, www.pathwaystoeducation.ca.
artists against war Artists in all disciplines united in a global movement for peace. 416-532-8176,artistsagainstwar.org.
canadian friends service committee (quakers) Works to promote resolution of conflict without arms. 416-920-5213,cfsc.quaker.ca.
canadian peace alliance Canada's largest peace coalition lobbies to redirect funds from military spending to human needs. 416-588-5555, www.acp-cpa.ca.
children's peace theatre Uses music, song, dance and drama to address the reality of violence. 416-752-1550, www.childrenspeacetheatre.org.
christian peacemaker teams Sends trained activists into war zones to witness and serve as human shields. 416-423-5525, www.cpt.org.
coalition for a just peace in palestine and israel Comprising peace- and faith-based groups, it promotes understanding of the conflict. www.coalitiontoronto.com.
development and peace Catholic Church organization supporting peacemaking and development in the global South. 416-922-1592, www.devp.org.
hiroshima day coalition Honours the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and presses for nuclear disarmament. 416-463-9163, baystreetraginggrannies.nonprofitnet.ca/Toronto_Hiroshima_Day_Coalition.htm.
homes not bombs Leads non-violent actions at weapons factories and defence department outlets. 416-651-5800, www.homesnotbombs.ca.
jewish women against the occupation Holds a vigil every Fri night at 180 Bloor W to end the Israeli occupation. www.womeninblack.tyo.ca.
PEACE BRIGADES INTERNATIONAL PBI sends volunteer teams to accompany human rights defenders whose safety is threatened in civil conflicts. 416-324-9737, www.pbicanada.org.
peace magazine Reports on and analyzes world conflict and efforts to develop unarmed responses. 416-588-8748, www.peacemagazine.org.
science for peace Organization of scientists, engineers, scholars and students pushing for nuclear disarmament. 416-978-3606,www.scienceforpeace.ca.
toronto coalition to stop the war Made up of labour, faith and community groups, it aims to remove foreign troops from Iraq. 416-795-5863, www.nowar.ca.
voice of women Works for cooperation among nations and en end to war. 416-603-7915, www.acp-cpa.on/vow.
war child canada Assists child victims of war worldwide and lobbies for children's rights. 416-971-7474, www.warchild.ca.
war resisters support campaign Working to win asylum in Canada for U.S. soldiers who have refused to fight in Iraq. 416-598-1222, www.resisters.ca.
women's international league for peace and freedom Promotes women's participation in conflict prevention and resolution. 416-926-9148, www.wilpf.org.
coalition for lesbian and gay rights in ontario Dedicated to eliminating homophobia and dealing with issues of homosexuality in schools. 416-405-8253, www.web.net/clgro.
coming out/being out Discussion group for LGBTTIQ individuals at all stages of the coming-out process. 416-925-9872 ext 2120,geocities.com/comingoutbeingout.
Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere Works to advance equality and justice for gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgendered persons across Canada. 1-888-204-7777,egale.ca.
519 church community centre Meeting place for the queer community. 416-392-6874, www.the519.org.
foundation for equal families Acts as intervenor in precedent-setting cases for recognition of queer relationships. 416-925-9872 ext 2199,ffef.ca.
gay and lesbian bashing hotline and victim assistance Support and info for assault victims, and assistance with police and court appearances. 416-392-6877, 416-925-9872 ext 2034.
HIV/AIDS legal clinic Community-based legal clinic serving low-income people with HIV and AIDS. 416-340-7790, 1-888-705-8889,halco.org.
inside out gay and lesbian film and video festival Meet people, get involved in your community and see free films by volunteering at the annual festival. 416-977-6847,www.insideout.on.ca.
lesbian and gay community appeal Fundraising body supporting advancement of lesbian and gay projects. 416-920-5422, 416-925-9872 ext 2099.
Lesbian and gay immigration task force Grassroots organization providing immigration info and support for lesbians and gays. 416-925-9872 ext 2211.
LESBIAN GAY BI trans YOUTHLINE Join Youthline's crew of peer support volunteers. 416-962-2232, www.youthline.ca.
pride toronto Not-for-profit LGBTTIQ that co-ordinates the Pride Week festival. 416-927-7433,pridetoronto.com.
SUPPORTING OUR YOUTH (soy) Helps improve opportunities for LGBTTIQ youth. 416-324-5077.
advocacy centre foe tenants ontario Working with legal clinics and tenant associations for better low-income housing. 416-597-5855, www.acto.ca.
federation of metro tentants' assocs The oldest and largest tenant federation in Canada fighting for tenant rights. 416-646-1772, www.torontotenants.org.
st stephen's community house Addresses critical issues affecting residents of Kensington Market. 416-964-8747, www.ststephenshouse.com.
toronto acorn Non-profit representing low- and moderate-income Canadians. 416-461-9233, www.canada.acorn.org.
BARBRA SCHLIFER COMMEMORATIVE CLINIC Provides counselling, legal and interpreter services for women who have been physically or sexually abused. 416-323-9149, www.schliferclinic.com.
dawn Disabled Women's Network advocacy group publishes a pamphlet on sexuality and women with disabilities. Box 1138, North Bay P1B 8K4.
december 6 fund Helps eliminate financial barriers preventing women from leaving their abusers. 416-966-3326, www.dec6fund.ca.
SCARBOROUGH WOMEN'S CENTRE Provides literacy tutors, mentors and more. 4160-439-7111, www.scarboroughwomenscentre.ca.
sistering Supports homeless, underhoused and low-income women through housing and programs. 416-926-9762, www.sistering.org.
south asian women's centre Volunteer-based non-profit striving to empower South Asian women. 416-537-2276, www.southasianwomenscentre.ca.
toronto rape crisis centre/multicultural women against rape Grassroots, women-run collective providing anti-oppressive, feminist peer support to survivors of sexual violence. 416-597-1171, www.trccmwar.ca.
VOICES OF POSITIVE WOMEN Helps support women living with HIV/AIDS. 416-324-8703 ext 23,www.vopw.org.
WHITE RIBBON campaign Campaign for men against violence against women. 416-920-6684,www.whiteribbon.com.
woman abuse council Policy development and planning group improving the effectiveness of community response to woman abuse. 416-944-9242, www.womanabuse.ca.
women moving forward Jane-Finch project supporting single moms. www.womenmovingforward.com.
WOMEN'S COUNSELLING, REFERRAL and EDUCATION CENTRE WCREC needs board members with counselling, community, legal, fundraising and accounting background. 416-534-8458.