Community Action Projects (CAPs) are remote volunteer opportunities with local non-profit and public sector organizations in the City of Toronto. Volunteer 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.
Opportunities and partners include:
- Friendly engagement with seniors at Second Mile Club or Companion Link
- Tutoring with the Learning Buddies Network and On Your Mark with the Working Women Community Centre
- Workshop facilitation with Story Planet
- Program support with Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment
Registration is closed for the semester. Please check back in fall 2023.
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. As of August 2022, we will be offering some opportunities virtually and other in-person, depending on your comfort level. 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 email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
What Students Are SayingRATE
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.