Make a donation
We often receive requests from caring Torontonians who would like to help solve homelessness. We'd like to share some of the ways you and your family can get involved.
If you've ever unwrapped your third pair of socks or fifth bottle of bubble bath, you can begin to imagine what it's like for community agencies that really need warm coats but receive donations of books. Make the most of your donation by calling community agencies to see what they need before you start collecting. (New clothing, including underwear and socks, toiletries and TTC tokens are some of the most frequently requested items.)
You can find a list of agencies in our Guide to Services, or you can go to www.211toronto.ca and enter "homeless" in the "find" box. Please note that many agencies have limited storage space and lack the means to pick up donations.
A great way to find agencies that can use furniture and other stuff you no longer need is to visit the City
of Toronto's ReUseIt program.
Whether you have a special talent for cooking or a few hours to sort goods at a food bank, there are lots of choices when it comes to volunteering. Many agencies ask volunteers to attend an orientation or training. Enquire at a community agency near you or search for opportunities online at Volunteer Toronto,
an web-based matching system.
Shop with purpose
Cater your next office party or pick up a great gift from a social purpose enterprise. Whether you're looking for a crowd-pleasing sandwich platter or a Shaker-style side table in select pine you can find it at one of the many businesses that employ people with histories of homelessness and other challenges. For more information see