On December 1, people all over the world will be taking part in Giving Tuesday to celebrate the idea of giving back. It's a day that encourages people to come together around the charities and causes they believe in, and reminds us that we can all play a part in making our communities better places to live, work, and play. 

Now, you may be thinking to yourself, "how can I get involved?" Well, we've listed 5 ways people can give back and make an impact this Tuesday:

Simple enough, right? You probably say "Thank You" all the time - to the friend that has just lent you a book; to the person who serves you your morning coffee; to the bus driver on your commute home - and while they are just two small words, saying them still makes a big difference. So say it in person or write it in a note - either way, it's a great way to give something back. But be warned, saying Thank You to a NYCH staff member is sure to cause uncontrollable gratitude.

The great soul singer Sam Cooke once sang, "You can show emotion in the little things you do," and that definitely rings true when it comes to showing that you care about your community. Every day, across our various locations, we see the impact of all those small actions - like holding the door open for a mother with a stroller at Lawrence Square Mall or stopping to give directions to someone who is lost near the Bathurst-Finch Hub - and when you put all the little things you do together, we can't help but think of another Sam Cooke lyric: "what a wonderful world."

Last year, NYCH had close to 400 volunteers generously share their time and expertise with our organization; from providing one-on-one mentorship through our Stepping Stones to Leadership program to leading discussions with newcomers at our English Conversation Circles. We could go on and on about how grateful we are for the contribution of our volunteers, but we'll leave it to one of our program participants to keep it short and sweet: "...the best way to give back to volunteers is to become a volunteer too." You can fill out a Volunteer Application here.


Even though NYCH serves nearly 25,000 individuals a year, there are still people out there who haven't heard of us. So whether it's a Like, a Retweet or a Follow, helping to spread the word about the work we do and why we do it is a great way to give back.

Now, this might seem like the obvious one on a day about giving, but we couldn't talk about Giving Tuesday without mentioning the impact your generous donations have on our organization. In donating to NYCH, 90% of your gift goes directly to the programs and services we offer, making it an integral contribution towards building strong, vibrant communities.

For 25 years, North York Community House has been working with new immigrants and residents in northwest Toronto, providing the resources and opportunities they need to achieve their goals. By contributing to our organization on Giving Tuesday, you are helping us to continue making our communities stronger and more welcoming for everyone. 

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