How a heart of gold led to a world of opportunity

Taking home the gold has a different meaning than most for 18-year-old Sara Upsher. Though she only just finished her first year of university at McMaster, the Beach resident has more volunteer hours under her belt than most adults – and has recently been given a gold medal for her work. The gold level Duke […]

Volunteerism starts with a simple question

During the holidays many of us make time to help those in need in our community.  While more people volunteer around Christmas, Chanukah and New Year’s than any other time, the needs of our vulnerable citizens continue throughout the year. At Community Centre 55’s Share A Christmas, hundreds of people gave their time, energy and […]

Neighbours helping neighbours for Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and for most it is a festive time. But for some this is not the case. As Community Centre 55 begins making plans to once again feed those in our neighbourhood who might otherwise go hungry at Christmas, I am reaching out to the community to make this possible. […]

Volunteers run show at Chester Village

Teenagers are planning a big party at the Chester Village nursing home. On a recent Friday night, eight of the young party-planners met at the Danforth and Warden long-term care facility – some of the same youth responsible for a hit talent show there in July. “We have a lot of entertainment all through the […]

Sophie heading to Africa

This summer, one local student will be embarking on the trip of a lifetime as she heads to Africa on a Me to We Volunteer Adventure. Sophie Stevens, 14, will be part of a group of students who will live and work in Kenya for three weeks, building a school and constructing a drinking well. […]

Fire support volunteer honoured for service

Charlie Croft has followed fire trucks to almost a thousand blazes in Scarborough and East End Toronto. For 35 years, he has been part of a team of volunteers assisting  the fire service any way it can. The group, Support 7, goes out to emergencies and provides food, drinks and respite for the firefighters. When […]