Community Action Projects (CAPs) are remote volunteer opportunities with local non-profit and public sector organizations in the City of Toronto. They are rooted in principles of reciprocity and respectful relationships. Projects for CAPs respond to community-identified priorities and goals, so you can make meaningful contributions to the communities around you and gain valuable hands-on experience.
Volunteering with non-profit and public sector organizations allows you to:
- explore careers in the community
- develop your communication, time management, leadership and critical thinking skills
- deepen your understanding of the social dynamics and issues in our city
- develop a critical reflective practice and deepen your understanding of yourself
- build your resume and Co-curricular Record (CCR)
This program is open to all current U of T students.
How The Program Works
Students will be matched with non-profit and public sector organizations to participate in a virtual volunteer commitment from October 2021 – April 2022.
Potential projects include:
- research about impacts of COVID-19 in Toronto
- friendly letter writing to seniors
- social media advocacy
- youth mentorship and engagement
- and more!
Step 1: Register for an information session
Register on CLNx to watch an information session. Find registration links under Program Registration below. CCP staff will send you a pre-recorded video with program details.
Step 2: Register for the program & join the Quercus page
Once you register for and watch an information session, register for the program under Program Registration below. You will receive an invitation to join the program Quercus page.
Step 3: Watch the Equity and Working with Communities session and select your project
Watch a recording of the Equity and Working with Communities session on the Quercus page (required).
Once we record that you watched the video, you can find the community partners and volunteer projects for the year. Rank your top three.
Once your project is confirmed, the Community Action Projects team will introduce you to the staff supervisor at the organization.
Register for an information session on the CLNx:
Considerations & Exceptions
Project hours and availability will vary for each organization, and you will be encouraged to set up your schedule with your volunteer supervisor.
We encourage students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds and experiences to participate in the program, but we cannot guarantee you will be matched with a project in your field. We will do our best to match your interests with your volunteer opportunity. Some opportunities may require a Vulnerable Sector Screening or specific language requirements.
We are following public health guidelines for social distancing, so all volunteer opportunities will be offered remotely. You do not need to be living in Toronto to volunteer in the Community Action Projects program. Please indicate if you are living in a different time zone, and staff at the CCP and your volunteer organization will do their best to accommodate you. You may need a computer or stable internet for many of the volunteer opportunities, but we hope to support a range of efforts across the city that will not require computer or internet access.
Please get in touch with Catie Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
What Students Are Saying12 votes
I was able to improve my communication and interpersonal skills because I was working closely with students, volunteers, administrators, and facilitators. I gained a deeper understanding of the importance of valuing other people's lived experiences… and I improved my ability to work with children in a manner that respects everyone's viewpoints and became better at incorporating individuals who appear disengaged into the group.