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Volunteer Opportunities


If you want to make a difference in your community, meet new people, gain new skills and work experience, and be part of a fantastic team, please consider lending a hand at WoodGreen. See all our volunteer positions below to see how you can help!  




Call for Nominees to the 2019/2020 WoodGreen Community Services Board of Directors


Are you looking for a unique leadership opportunity? Have you been yearning to put your experience and talent in strategic thinking, financial accountability, good governance and due diligence oversight to work?


Celebrating its 82nd anniversary, WoodGreen is a founding United Way of Toronto member agency and is one of the largest social service agencies in Toronto. WoodGreen's 75 programs operate from 36 locations across the city and serve 37,000 people each year. WoodGreen's 700 staff members and 1000 volunteers help seniors live independently, internationally-trained professionals enter the job market, parents access childcare, children and youth access after-school programs, newcomers settle in to Canadian life, homeless and marginalized people get off the streets and job-seekers find meaningful employment and training.


WoodGreen seeks committed candidates who have a record of:


  • • Sound judgement
  • • Experience serving on a Board of Directors of complex, large organizations
  • • High standards of ethics and integrity • • Interest and commitment to participating in the business of the board, regularly and actively
  • • Strong communication skills
  • • Ability to work in a collegial fashion, respecting the views of others


Specific and significant experience in the following areas will be a strong asset:


  • • Direct operational experience in a complex organization
  • • Real estate development and management and/or urban planning
  • • Mergers and acquisitions
  • • Community health care


If you hold yourself to high expectations, you’ll find Board service very rewarding. Directors are expected to:


  • • Serve for a 3 year term, attending 6 Board meetings annually and the Annual General Meeting
  • • Actively serve on at least one Board committee, attending 9 committee meetings annually
  • • Commit to WoodGreen's mission, vision and values
  • • Become a member of WoodGreen
  • • Act as a WoodGreen Ambassador
  • • Demonstrate support by financial contribution to WoodGreen, in an amount at your discretion


If you are interested in being considered for the WoodGreen Board of Directors, please submit a letter of interest and CV by 5 p.m. on April 30, 2019 to:


Nomination Subcommittee, WoodGreen Governance Committee

c/o Karen Fisher, Executive Assistant


All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. Board of Director Positions will be filled by election at the September 25, 2019 Annual General Meeting.


WoodGreen welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion. In addition, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

Income Tax Preparer

WoodGreen’s Financial Empowerment Program serves to both alleviate and help people transition out of poverty by leading in the use of innovative approaches to directly address problems in the financial dimensions of the lives of low-income individuals. One of the ways we serve clients is through our annual Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) in partnership with the Canada Revenue Agency. WoodGreen’s CVITP has a tremendous impact on the community: we serve over 5,000 clients completing over 7,000 tax returns. Our volunteers help us put millions of dollars back into the community by ensuring marginalized populations have access to professional, free tax filing services and in turn access vital financial benefits.

As an Income Tax Preparer Volunteer, you will work in a fast-paced environment to provide a critical service to a diverse group of clients. Through this opportunity, you will have the ability to connect to your community and make a difference. At our income tax clinic, we work in a group setting allowing you to meet and connect with a large group of volunteers. We offer reference letters to all committed volunteers and provide TTC tokens for each volunteer shift. For more information including shift times please see the full description here.

Income Tax Clinic Volunteer Administrative Assistant

WoodGreen runs an annual Income Tax Clinic, in collaboration with the Canada Revenue Agency, for low income individuals who need assistance completing their personal income tax return.  Last year alone, we served close to 6000 clients, which returned approximately 7 million dollars into the pockets of our community members.


This year, we are looking for reliable volunteers to help with booking client's appointments (both live calls and returning phone messages), maintaining our database of appointments on a daily basis, and to assist the clinic by overseeing the flow of the lobby and client sign-in during their scheduled appointment times.



Availability from mid-January 2019 through June 2019, available Monday to Friday. We ask that volunteers commit 2 half-day shifts per week. 


For more information including shift times please see the full description here



WoodGreen’s Walk-in Counselling Service

The WoodGreen Walk-in Counselling Service is an innovative program that offers free, no restrictions counselling to all members of the community on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 4:30 to 8:30 pm at 815 Danforth Ave. The counselling that is offered is brief, strengths-based and solution-focused; our approach is client-centered, collaborative, competency-based and pragmatic. All of our counselors are registered professionals (e.g. Social Workers, Psychotherapists); some are WoodGreen staff and some are volunteers.  Given the demand for our services we are currently looking to expand our team of Walk-in Counselors.


Requirements for the role:

  • Clinically trained, registration with a Regulatory body 
  • Minimum of 1 shift per month (although more is recommended) on Tuesday or Wednesday evening for a period of at least 12 months
  • Theoretical knowledge and well developed counselling skills 

Friendly Visiting - Brighten Someone’s Day & Make Them Smile – it takes only an hour!

Flexible times & locations - We are in desperate need of Friendly Visitors! As a Friendly Visitor, the one hour a week you spend visiting & spending time with an isolated senior provides much-needed companionship & social support. If you can spare an hour a week, your gift of time will go a long way towards reducing their loneliness and improving their quality of life. Volunteers need to commit to a 6 month time period, enjoy being with seniors and listening to their concerns. Being consistently reliable is a key attribute of this position.       


Meals On Wheels (MOW) – urgent need for Drivers & Runners – your local community is counting on you!


Weekdays from 11am to 1pm
Can you spare just 2 hours a week to help your hungry neighbours? WoodGreen Meals On Wheels desperately needs volunteer Drivers and Runners to deliver hot and nutritious meals to homebound seniors and people with disabilities living right in your community. Make a tremendous difference in their lives and be a major part of dozens of lives of those who need our help on a daily basis. Be a very valued member of our MOW volunteer team, help us put a smile on a lonely senior’s face, one at a time by keeping those meals rolling!


Runners must be able to lift food containers (approximately 15 pounds).

Drivers must have own vehicle & a valid driver’s license. Reimbursement is provided for both Drivers & Runners.

We desperately need several Drivers especially in this program as soon as possible, and ask for a minimum 3-month commitment please.    

Interpreters for Immigrant Services

WoodGreen Community Services is committed to assisting Syrian refugees in their efforts to integrate into Canadian society and in the creation of a welcoming and culturally sensitive environment.  
We are seeking interpretation support for our settlement services staff.  If you are fluent in both English and Arabic and/or Kurdish please contact
For more information please see the full position description here 


Medical Escort for Seniors


Going to the doctor can be a daunting when you’re elderly and have mobility challenges. It can also be a bit scary or worrying too. As a Medical Escort, you’ll provide a valuable service by accompanying seniors from their home to their medical appointments, ensuring their safety while out to the appointment and going back home.

Volunteers should be willing to commit in the daytime and be flexible with scheduling and locations. Some seniors may have varying disabilities; training and transportation costs will be provided to volunteers. 


Community Connections - Professional Mentors

Evenings, weekends, flexible time

This program matches newcomers with volunteers who are familiar with Canadian culture, values, workplaces, and everyday life. Professional Mentorship is a key segment of this program where a newcomer is matched with an experienced Canadian professional from the same field with the goal of assisting the newcomer overcomes several of the perceived barriers, within an encouraging and supportive environment.

Please click here for more information about this program.  If interested, please contact us at 416-645-6000 ext 2343, or email 

For more information on these volunteering opportunities, please use the contact information in the posting, or get in touch with us at 416-645-6000, ext.1157 or e-mail Thank you for your interest in volunteering at WoodGreen and we look forward to hearing from you!


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