Every year, members of the Junior League of Toronto contribute significant volunteer time and money to community projects. The Junior League of Toronto’s community impact area is mental health with a focus on improving self-esteem in youth.
Gifts of Light at CAMH Partnership
The JLT has partnered with the Gifts of Light program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to provide evening programming via a series of cultural experiences, events, and classes aimed at building self-esteem for the youth in the CAMH Early Psychosis Unit. The JLT has also donated yoga equipment and art materials for the clients to use both in the programmes and outside of programme hours. In addition to this programming, the Junior League of Toronto members participate in community wide CAMH and Gifts of Light events, in particular the Summer BBQ, Mega Art Nights where all CAMH units are welcome and Holiday Gift Wrapping events.
Tea to Help Teens
Since 2004, the Junior League of Toronto has run a holiday tea and gift market as a community fundraiser, raising over $195,000 to date in gifts for over 3,800 teens living in shelters in our communities. The Tea to Help Teens asks attendees to donate what they can as the price of admission which buys gift cards to distribute to shelters for their residents, as well as to fund JLT programs and projects. In return, the attendees get tea and treats to enjoy while shopping the holiday gift stalls, bidding on silent auction items and listening to live musicians. The Tea not only provides gifts for marginalized young people during the holidays, it creates awareness in the community about youth homelessness. The annual event takes place in late November each year
Daily Volunteer Opportunities (“Done-in-a-Day”)
Throughout the year, the Community & Outreach team provides members with frequent opportunities to volunteer in the community. These opportunities have included helping youth with autism celebrate the holidays, working a water station at the Toronto marathon, running job readiness and career training programs, volunteering at an inner city youth campground, helping disadvantaged young women find a prom dress and cooking meals for homeless youth.