1. CARP, Toronto Chapters
CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons) is a non-profit organization that advocates for financial security and improved healthcare for aging Canadians. CARP has over 50 chapters across Canada, including three in Toronto and four others in Mississauga and the GTA. CARP offers a variety of volunteering opportunities and also helps connect members with volunteering positions outside the organization. If advocating for your fellow older adults is something you are passionate about, give CARP a call and inquire about the opportunities that exist.
2. Toronto Humane Society
The Toronto Humane Society has over 500 onsite volunteers who work in roles such as dog walking, cat enrichment, kitten feeding, special species enrichment, administrative support, special events, fundraising and more. The THS is the best spot to volunteer if you are an animal lover. There are numerous studies that have highlighted the benefits that pets can provide seniors as they age, such as the physical benefits of walking them or the emotional benefit of companionship. A volunteer role with the THS is a great way for older adults to get these benefits if they do not feel comfortable taking on the full-on commitment of owning a pet.
3. Royal Ontario Museum
The Royal Ontario Museum is one of the top cultural spots in Toronto and the perfect place for older adults to go if they have a passion for history, art and connecting with people from the local community and further abroad. The ROM has a wide variety of different volunteer opportunities that provide a chance for seniors to further delve into an area or several areas that interest them, whether that be working with youth to discover what the museum has to offer, growing the museum’s exposure in the community, working on research and tending to collections or any of the handful of other positions. As a bonus, the ROM is centrally located in Toronto, is accessible and provides very flexible hours.
4. Prime Mentors Canada
Prime Mentors of Canada is an organization that delivers a project-based, one-on-one mentoring program for youth who live in predominantly low-income neighborhoods. Mentors are paired with students based on their interests and expertise. Students choose the projects to undertake jointly with their mentors. Seniors are a wealth of knowledge, which makes this opportunity a perfect fit for those older adults who are looking to teach and mentor the next generation. The benefits of seniors connecting with younger individuals are also well documented and this role offers older adults the chance to pursue these benefits while also helping youth achieve their dreams.
5. CANES Community Care Or Other Senior Care Services
It might sound a little biased, but we think that our organization has one of the best volunteer opportunities for older adults in the city. Volunteers at CANES can take on a variety of roles, including helping to coordinate events, take part in friendly visiting, ensure the office runs smoothly and planning seniors' luncheons, as well as other leadership roles. If these opportunities don’t interest you or CANES is too far from you geographically, consider volunteering with another senior care service. Seniors helping seniors is one of the greatest volunteering opportunities in our city and a great way to connect with others while making your neighbourhood a better place!