What are Toronto’s Best Corporate Volunteering Experiences? 

Finding the right volunteering oportunity

In today's fast-paced corporate world, finding meaningful ways to give back can be both challenging and rewarding. Corporate volunteering offers businesses a fantastic opportunity to engage employees, improve team dynamics, and positively impact the community. If you're based in Toronto, you're in luck—this city boasts some phenomenal corporate volunteering options.

Here's a round-up of some of Toronto’s top choices:

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Furniture Bank Corporate Volunteer Program

Imagine a day where your team doesn’t just bond over coffee and donuts but rolls up their sleeves to make a tangible difference. Furniture Bank Corporate Volunteer program offers an incredibly unique experience. Businesses are invited to participate in a three-hour workshop, where teams build and repair furniture for families in need.

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Why Choose Furniture Bank?
  • Hands-on Impact: Volunteers help greet clients, assist in choosing furniture, and even learn new skills relevant to furniture building and repair.
  • Community Connection: Your team will gain a deeper understanding of the community’s needs while directly contributing to alleviating furniture poverty.
  • Team Building: Working together in such a setting reveals new dimensions of your colleagues, fostering stronger team bonds and mutual respect.
Cost:

Starts at $1,500 for a group of 15 volunteers, each additional volunteer costs $100. Cost includes the furniture that the team will build together and helps support the cost of running the on-site workshop.

Additional Information:
  • Workshop Location: Workshop is located in Etobicoke.
  • Build-a-thon Opportunities: Available at both GTA locations.
  • Session Duration: Typically lasts 3 hours.
  • Purpose: The furniture built is donated to individuals and families in greatest need.
  • Rewarding Experience: Many volunteer groups find the experience meaningful and often return to build more furniture.
  • Volunteer Guidelines: Please wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes.
  • Donations: Volunteers are encouraged to bring unwanted household goods and will receive a charitable tax receipt for all donated items.

Daily Bread Food Bank ​

Support the fight against hunger by volunteering with the Daily Bread Food Bank. Your team can help sort and pack food donations, assist in the kitchen preparing meals, or participate in special events. This hands-on experience directly impacts those facing food insecurity in Toronto.

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Cost:

$2,500

Contact Daily Bread Food Bank for more information.  

Additional Information:
  • Volunteer Options: Group volunteers can choose between food sorting or kitchen support.
  • Food Sorting: This task involves sorting and categorizing donated fresh and non-perishable food items, as well as bagging them. It can accommodate 10-20 volunteers for a 3-hour shift on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Kitchen Support: This role, available on Mondays, can accommodate groups of 6-8 corporate volunteers who will cut, wash, prep food ingredients, and assist with meal preparation for Daily Bread’s meal programs.
  • Dress Code: Volunteers should wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes.

Dress for Success Toronto 

Support women entering or re-entering the workforce by volunteering with Dress for Success Toronto. Your team can assist in sorting donations, organizing clothing drives, and providing career coaching to help women thrive in their careers.  

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Cost:

$2,500

Additional Information:
  • Fee Information: This fee supports staff capacity and resources to plan and host volunteer group visits.
  • Corporate Volunteering: Corporate groups can volunteer on Thursdays from 10 AM to 1 PM at the boutique located at 5150 Yonge Street.
  • Volunteer Tasks: Tasks include unpacking and sorting clothing donations, organizing inventory, merchandising displays, and special projects.
  • Impact: Volunteer efforts help generate 23,000 articles of clothing and accessories for Dress for Success clients each year.
  • Career Coaching: Career coaching sessions may require specific skills or training.

EcoSpark 

EcoSpark offers environmental volunteering opportunities that engage teams in activities like tree planting, water quality monitoring, and community education programs. This is a great way to promote sustainability and environmental stewardship within your company.

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Cost:

There may be a nominal fee for materials and equipment. Contact EcoSpark for details.

Additional Information:
  • Outdoor Activities: Appropriate clothing and footwear are recommended as activities are conducted outdoors.
  • Session Length: Sessions may vary in length depending on the project.
  • Corporate Team Involvement: Corporate teams participate in watershed monitoring by assessing the health of local rivers and streams using EcoSpark’s modified Ontario Benthic Biomonitoring Network (OBBN) protocol.
  • Volunteer Tasks: Volunteers wear hip waders and monitor benthic macroinvertebrates (small aquatic insects) that indicate watershed health.
  • Data Contribution: Teams contribute data to a Greater Toronto Area-wide study of watersheds.
  • Stewardship Activities: In addition to monitoring, teams engage in activities like tree planting, invasive species removal, and stream clean-ups.
  • Biodiversity Projects: Volunteers are introduced to biodiversity citizen science projects conducted in local parks and greenspaces.

Evergreen Brick Works

Get involved in environmental sustainability by volunteering with Evergreen Brick Works. Your team can participate in urban gardening, ecological restoration projects, and educational workshops, all while enjoying the beautiful natural surroundings of the Don Valley.

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Cost:

Starts at $1,500 

Additional Information:
  • Diverse Corporate Volunteer Experiences: Choose from our Adventure, Wellness, and Sustainability packages.
  • Adventure Package: Perfect for groups interested in active exploration or enhancing team collaboration.
  • Wellness Package: Ideal for groups focused on mindfulness and deepening team connections.
  • Sustainability Package: Great for groups dedicated to reciprocity and supporting healthier green spaces in the city.
  • Flexible Options: Select 2-3 experiences from each package, ranging from 1.5 to 3 hours in length.
  • Group Size: Designed for groups of 40 or more participants.

Habitat for Humanity GTA 

Help build homes for those in need by partnering with Habitat for Humanity GTA. This hands-on experience allows your team to contribute to constructing safe, affordable housing, making a lasting impact on both new homeowners and the community at large.

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Cost:

Starts at $5,000 – $15,000, participation fees vary depending on the specific build project and group size.  

Additional Information:
  • No Experience Needed: Training and safety equipment are provided.
  • Variety of Tasks: Depending on the stage of the build, tasks may include framing, painting, landscaping, and more.
  • Team Effort: Teams of 10-16 people work on various aspects of home construction under the guidance of Habitat’s skilled staff and volunteers.
  • Cost Reduction: Volunteer labor and funding help Habitat reduce home building costs.
  • Life Transformation: Creates access to affordable home ownership, transforming the lives of families.
  • Full-Day Commitment: Builds typically last a full day.

Second Harvest  

Second Harvest is Canada’s largest food rescue organization. Your team can volunteer to help sort rescued food, prepare meals, or assist with special events and campaigns. This opportunity is perfect for teams looking to make a tangible difference in reducing food waste and fighting hunger. 

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Cost:

Starts from $2,500 

Additional Information:
  • Group Volunteering: Groups can assist with sorting and coordinating food donations for delivery to Second Harvest’s community partners.
  • Contribution Requirement: A minimum contribution of $2,500 is required per food sort shift for corporate groups.
  • Shift Availability: Food sort shifts are available Tuesday to Thursday from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM or 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
  • Group Size: Groups of 5-25 volunteers, aged 16 and above, can participate in each shift.
  • Location: Food sorting takes place at Second Harvest’s warehouse, located at 120 The East Mall in Etobicoke, Toronto

Toronto Humane Society

For animal lovers, volunteering at the Toronto Humane Society provides an opportunity to support animal welfare. Your team can help with animal care, adoption events, and community outreach programs, making a positive impact on the lives of animals in need.

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Cost:

Starts at $1,500 – $2,500 

Additional Information:
  • Two Exciting Volunteer Packages: Action Packed Team Experience and Day of Caring Team Experience
  • Action Packed Team Experience: Available on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings and afternoons, this package accommodates 10-12 people. It includes a 45-60 minute tour and volunteer activities such as making pet enrichment toys, bagging food, or assisting with a community day event.
  • Day of Caring Team Experience: Available Monday through Friday anytime after 12 PM, this package features a 60-minute virtual animal training class followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.
  • Duration: Both experiences last approximately two hours.

Yonge Street Mission 

The Yonge Street Mission offers various volunteering opportunities aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty. From serving meals to helping with educational programs, your team can play a crucial role in uplifting the lives of Toronto’s less fortunate. 

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Cost:

Starts at $1,500 

Additional Information:
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Choose from various programs such as the Food Bank, Evergreen Meal (preparing and serving food for youth), Double Take Thrift Store (sorting and preparing clothes), and the YSM Care Kit Program.
  • Engagement: Volunteers should be ready to interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Training: Specific role training is provided

Here is a comparison of the volunteering program cost among all charities above:

Why Corporate Volunteering Matters 

Corporate volunteering programs offer significant benefits beyond the immediate impact on the community. They boost employee morale, enhance team cohesion, and build a positive company culture. When employees see their leaders and colleagues actively participating in volunteering efforts, it fosters a sense of pride and belonging.  

Get Involved Today   

Ready to make a difference? Corporate volunteering is beneficial not just for the community but also for your team. It creates a sense of purpose, fosters camaraderie, and leaves lasting memories. Get your team involved today and start making a difference.  

Interested in Furniture Bank’s Corporate Volunteer Program? Click HERE  to find out more and book a session. Join us in making Toronto a better place for everyone. Let’s work together to create lasting change.  

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