- The holiday season is a time for giving back, and if you're thinking of doing so, there are many organizations where you can volunteer in Montreal.
- From soup kitchens to gift making, you can make a difference with one of the organizations on this list.
- Find out where you can volunteer your time this holiday season!
The holiday season is not only about Christmas markets and cookies. The holiday season is about giving back, and there are many places where you can volunteer in Montreal to do exactly that.
Community service is important at any time of the year, there's no doubt about this. But, it seems as though everyone is looking for a way to help out during the holiday season.
If you're considering doing so, make sure to do your research about where you should help out - this is important. First, you'll need to figure out where you want to volunteer your time and commitment to. That's the hardest part! With so many amazing organizations in Montreal, it can be hard to just choose one. But of course, you don't need to only volunteer for one! The more the merrier, as they say.
The joy I personally get from doing good around my community is a feeling that is incomparable to anything else I have ever felt.
While volunteering in Montreal, you learn valuable lessons about human dignity all while discovering the realities many people in our city face that we often forget.
So, throughout the festive holiday season, one of the most important and rewarding things to do is give back. Here's a list of where you can do so!
Where: 870 Square Richmond
Tyndale St-Georges has been supporting the youth of Montreal for over ninety years now and shows no signs of stopping. This organization is located in Little Burgundy, where it has a community center that has made a difference in the lives of many young people.
Currently, they are seeking volunteers for the following roles: an after school tutor, a high school tutor, recreation animators and someone to lend a hand in the kitchen.
Not only is this your chance to give back but it's your shot of being part of a community that shares a common goal of helping one another.
Where: 1430 Rue Chomedey
Chez Doris has been helping women in Montreal for over 40 years. The organization has truly made an impact on the well-being of females in our city.
although it is important to help out all year round, the holidays are a time where everyone should feel loved.
If you'd like to help out Chez Doris, you can both donate your time, money, or gifts. Gift cards are also a great option to donate, as many shelters close on Christmas and it will give the women a warm place to eat that day. Read our interview with Chez Doris' director here!
Every kid deserves to get a gift on Christmas and the Secret Santa project does just that.
Founded in 2012, this foundation allows children who are currently in foster care to get the gifts that they put on their Christmas list this year - but you get to play the role of Santa!
If you want to participate, you will get a Christmas list that was meant for Santa and it's up to you to make this child’s Christmas wish come true.
You can also make a donation or simply spread the news, every little bit counts!
Shoe Box Project
The show box project is something that I personally take part in every year. This foundation allows you to turn your old shoeboxes into a Christmas miracle for women in need.
The items you are asked to include in your shoebox are mainly hygienic and sanitation products. As well as scarves, mittens, hats, bus tickets and of course, supportive and loving messages to help get these ladies through a tough time.
And, of course, you must decorate the box, for which you are free to decorate as festive as you want!
Your box should cost about $50, which may seem steep, but this generous gesture truly goes a long way - and it means you're making someone else's Christmas a whole lot better.
"Founded in 1994, GRIS-Montréal is a non-profit community organization. Its mission is to ensure a better awareness of the diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities, and to improve the integration of LGBT+ people into society."
This organization works mainly in secondary schools and CEGEP and have now adapted their workshop to now fit elementary school students.
If you want to give back this holiday season, contact them and find out how you can help out.
Where: 11 Rue Roy E
Santropol Roulant is an organization that does a lot of good around our city.
On its website, it defines Santropol Roulant as "an intergenerational community food hub where we grow, prepare and deliver food. In doing so, we create a continuum of engaging services that help build a stronger social fabric, and increase food security and social inclusion for Montrealers."
Many meals will be made throughout the holiday season, so if you want to help out with making or serving them, reach out to Santropol Roulant and find out how!
McGill Childcare Center
Where: 3491 Rue Peel
If you love children then this is a great place for you to give your time to. The McGill Childcare Centre is often looking for people to help out with their daycare programs throughout the week.
This will allow you to gain experience working with children as well as in a team. These are two important skills to have if you are thinking of getting into teaching or any child-care related industries, or if you just love kids and want to give back.
Find out how you can help out throughout Christmas, you will feel so good being able to make a difference in a child's life.
YMCA QuebecYMCA Quebec
Where: Various locations around Montreal
The YMCA is a classic volunteer spot and a great place to go if you want to give back to your community.
If this is something that interests you, you can donate your time to any of the educational programs that the YMCA offers.
There is truly no shortage of ways to help out at the YMCA so there is really no excuse, especially during the holiday season. From donating gifts, time or money, every little bit will help someone in need.
Montreal Children's Library
Where: 4121 42e Rue
If you share my passion for children’s literature, this is a great place to spend your time.
The Montreal Children's Library opened their doors in 1929 and have been making a difference in young lives ever since.
The Montreal Children’s Library is a great place to lend a helping hand as well as a great place to give back to your community throughout the time of giving. You can get the chance to help out during events, take over their social media or assist with various library services.
Native Womans Shelter of MontrealNWSM
Every four months, the Native Women's Shelter accepts new volunteers. The organization's aim is to provide support and service for First Nations women in order to help them rebuild their lives. At the moment, The NWSM is seeking volunteers to help with office work, childcare, and organizing the donations room.
The NWSM looks for people who will help out with office work, childcare as well as someone who will organize the donation room.
If you want to help out this holiday season, contact the shelter and find out which volunteer option works best for you.
Where: 4225 Avenue Mount Royal
Volunteering at a soup kitchen is something that has always intrigued me, I honestly just didn’t know where to look for one. Well, now I do!
Soup Sisters is an organization that provides shelter and food for women and children that have been victims of domestic violence.
This organization is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and there are so many ways that you can help out. From making the soup to distributing it, this is an opportunity for you to truly make a difference in the world.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to help out!
Dans La Rue
Dans La Rue is an organization that is dedicating to improving the lives of homeless youth throughout our city. This amazing organization runs on volunteer support and you can be part of this amazing team.
There are so many things that need to be done and Dans La Rue is always looking for people to come and help out. This is a great way to make a difference in the lives of so many while enriching your own life.
Dans la Rue offers both corporate and individual volunteering, making this something you can do with your co-workers or alone, whatever you decide - you will be making a difference in someone's life!
St. Mary's Hospital
Where: 3830 Avenue Lacombe
St. Mary’s hospital is one of Montreal's most well-known healthcare centers. Similar to many centers in the city, it is always looking for volunteers.
Volunteers and St. Mary’s help support staff members and patients as well as their families all while providing quality healthcare services to Montreal locals.
The reality is, many people spend Christmas in the hospital. This is your chance of bringing that holiday glee into the lives of those who are suffering.
Where: 3625 Rue Aylmer
With over 250 dedicated volunteers running Yellow Door, this Montreal non-profit organization is always looking for fresh new faces to join their team.
There are a variety of things you can do to help out, their mission is to empower older adults and young people to initiate and engage in community and creative projects. This aids in promoting social inclusion while sparking positive societal change.
Share The Warmth Foundation
Where: 625 Rue Fortune
The mission at Share the Warmth Foundation is to help awaken hopes and dreams within Montreal's community.
This foundation fosters the overall development and success of the youth of our city. Share the Warmth foundation increases access to food security and healthy by offering work-training programs aiding adults to enter or return to the workforce.
Their mission is based on three main priorities: So we all can learn and grow, so we all can eat and so we all can work. This organization does amazing work and a great place to spend your time giving back to those less fortunate.
Where: 666 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
YES is a non-profit organization that is a community-driven provider that has been helping Quebec locals find employment for over 20 years.
They are focused on strengthening industries and communities while helping individuals in the Montreal community develop the skills and confidence needed to enter the workforce.
There are a lot of ways you can help out from becoming a mentor to joining a committee; your time and energy will be spent giving back in more ways than one.