Community Days is a weekly or monthly program 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. Whether this is your first time working with a local community organization or 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!
Our theme Learn With, Learn From and Grow With is at the heart of our Community Days:
- Learn With encourages participants to respect and appreciate the knowledge held in the communities where we volunteer and come from.
- Learn From is a respectful approach to the work that honours reciprocity.
- Grow With refers to the continual work of respecting different kinds of knowledge and growing in that knowledge.
How The Program Works
The program happens once a week or once a month, depending on projects, except during exam months December and April.
Around 10 U of T students participate in each Community Day. Transportation is provided.
Volunteers spend 2-3 hours participating in the project on a Community Day.
Each Community Day is preceded by a short day-of orientation and 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 via email in the following days.
Once your reflection response is received, you will earn Co-Curricular Record recognition.
St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club
We support STARS after school programs by assisting with activities and playing with the kids (ages 6 – 12). We participate in indoor and outdoor sports and games, swim, make arts and crafts, and cook. We will be recruiting seven student volunteers.
Location: Bloor Street West & Bathurst Street
Kensington Gardens Seniors-Friendly Visiting
We visit Kensington Gardens to play board games, listen to music and make crafts with residents. We will be recruiting 5-10 student volunteers to assist with the activities.
Location: College Street & Brunswick Avenue
Sprott House Food Assistant
We assist with the Second Harvest delivery to Sprott House. This is one source 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.
Location: Bloor Street West & Spadina Avenue