Community Days provide monthly, one-day opportunities to get involved and experience social change in action!

Whether it’s a basketball game at the St. Albans Boys & Girls Clubs or craft-making with seniors at Kensington Gardens, this is your opportunity to learn outside of the classroom, connect with other U of T students, make new friends, and get to know diverse community organizations around Toronto.

 
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Contents

Community Days About Community Days
Themes Learn With, Learn from and Grow With
Our projects & partners St. Albans Boys and Girls Club, Kensington Gardens Seniors-Friendly Visiting and Sprott House Food Assistant

Community Days

Community Days is a monthly program (a few hours, half a day or a full day) for U of T students to get involved and take action for social change. Community Days involve going off campus and entering communities or welcoming community leaders and members on campus. If this will be your first time working with a local community organization or if you’ve been involved before, you are welcome to join our collective effort to make a positive contribution to the City of Toronto… one day at a time!

Community Days summary:

  • Around 10 U of T students participate in each Community Day
  • Each Community Day is preceded by a short day-of orientation
  • Each Community Day involves a follow up reflection activity; this can be a short discussion at the end of the day and/or a series of reflection questions sent in the following days (via email)
  • Volunteers spend 2-3 hours to participate in the project for Community Day
  • The program happens once a month, starting September (except during exam months: December and April)
  • Registration always required every month
  • All Community Days are Co-Curricular Record validated (once reflection responses are received)
  • Transportation provided

Themes

Our theme Learn With, Learn from and Grow With is at the heart of our Community Days project planning. In supporting our initiative, you can engage in reflective learning from community partnerships, learn with your fellow volunteers and community leaders, and foster your personal growth.
  • Learn From: Learning from and with our communities is a respectful approach to the work that honors reciprocity
  • Learn With: Our focus on 'Learn With' is about encouraging participants to respect and appreciate the knowledge held in the communities where we volunteer and come from and
  • Grow With: We continually work to respect different kinds of knowledge and grow in that knowledge 
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Our projects & partners

St. Albans Boys and Girls Club

Once a month, on the first Wednesday of each month, from 4 – 6 p.m. we support the STARS After School programs and play Indoor/outdoor sports and games, go swimming, make arts and crafts and cook. We will be recruiting 7 student volunteers to support with the activities and the kids (ages 6 – 12). 

Start date: Fall 2020

Location: Bloor Street West & Bathurst Street

Time: On the first Wednesday of each month from 4 – 6 p.m.

Kensington Gardens Seniors-Friendly Visiting

On the third Wednesday of each month, from 2 – 4 p.m. we visit seniors at Kensington Gardens and play board games, listen to music or make crafts. We will be recruiting 5 to 10 student volunteers to provide support with the activities. 

Start date: Fall 2020

Location: College Street & Brunswick Avenue

Time: On the third Wednesday of each month from 2 – 4 p.m.

Sprott House Food Assistant

Once a week, on Thursday from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. we support the Second Harvest delivery. This is one of the sources of fresh food for Sprott House residents, who range in age from 16 to 24 years old.  Volunteers are needed to help with unloading, unpacking and sorting the food before it is prepared for residents.  

Why it matters: Opened in 2016, Sprott House is a transitional house where LGBTQ2S+ youth experiencing homelessness reside for up to two years. At Sprott House, twenty-five young people (ages 16-24) live together at a time, in a safe, welcoming home in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto, and work to achieve housing stability and a healthy adulthood with the support of trained staff and the community.  Everybody is welcome at Sprott House, regardless of gender identity and gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religious heritage, class, and/or ability. 

Start date: Fall 2020

Location: Bloor Street West & Spadina Avenue

Time: Thursdays from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m

Accessibility: *If you require an accommodation for this event please email amina.farah@utoronto.ca directly and she will do her best to make appropriate arrangements.