You can do a little good this Christmas by lending a helping hand at one of the city’s many holiday charities.
Whether you’re into running a toy drive, sorting donations, or serving food at a soup kitchen, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved right here in Montreal.
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Here are six places across the island to volunteer at during the holidays.
Help pack Christmas baskets with On Rock Community Services. Each year, it sends over hundreds of holiday baskets to families in need across Montreal. Volunteer your time to fill baskets with food for a traditional Christmas feast, plus gifts for children and adults.
Where: 9554 Boul Gouin O
Though you can also donate money or non-perishable food items, there is no better way to get involved with the West Island Mission than volunteering. Around the holidays, it seeks volunteers to organize toy and food drives in its neighbourhoods and assist with packing and distributing Christmas baskets.
For further inquiries, send an email to [email protected]
Where: 139 Labrosse, Pointe-Claire
Every year this Verdun church sends out over 500 boxes to 250 families in Montreal. In preparation for mid-December delivery, St. Willibrord Parish asks for volunteers to help fill baskets and boxes for the fleet of drivers.
Where: 351 Rue Willibrord, Verdun
With two locations in Old Port and Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Old Brewery Mission is one of the most popular relief centres providing food and shelter for those in need. The holidays are a particularly busy time, so be sure to lend a hand when you can. Old Brewery Mission’s volunteer needs range from serving meals in the kitchen to tutoring children.
Where: 915 Rue Clark
Volunteers are welcome all year round; however, at Christmas time, the Women’s Centre of Montreal runs food and toy drives and needs sorting and packing help.
Where: 3585 Rue Saint-Urbain
Sending out holiday baskets for Christmas and Chanukah each year, Sun Youth requires a team of volunteers to help prepare and deliver the baskets to families all over the city. After all, it provides baskets for over 12,000 people and even guarantees every child under 12 a new toy or game.
Where: 4251 Rue Saint-Urbain