Holiday Volunteering Opportunities

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December

Holiday Volunteering Opportunities

The holidays can be the most magical and exciting time of the year, but for many of the community members we serve they can be extremely challenging and isolating.

Throughout the holiday season, Dixon Hall has numerous volunteer opportunities available to get involved, give back, and embrace the true spirit of this time of year.

Our Meals on Wheels program has a particular need for volunteer support in the weeks of December 17, December 24, and December 31.  Help us make sure no one goes hungry.

 

Meals on Wheels Application Forms:

December 17 – 24

NOTE – we have no availability to volunteer on December 22nd & 23rd remaining

December 24 – 31

NOTE – we need 5 runners on Christmas Day
December 31 – January 6NOTE – we need the most volunteer support on December 31

Minor Volunteer Waiver

All completed volunteer application forms should be sent to Joyce Affroh, Manager, Volunteer Program at joyce.affroh@dixonhall.org 

Thanks in advance for your support!

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November

Youth Centre Construction Update: We Broke Ground!

As the Regent Park Revitalization progressed, the TCHC building that housed Dixon Hall’s youth centre was demolished. We knew we needed to find a new home for our youth programs. Fortunately, the City of Toronto and TCHC donated land at the corner of Wyatt and Nicholas Avenues, right in the heart of Regent Park, where we could build a modern, new youth centre, deserving of the incredible young people we work with.

Thanks to support from all three levels of government and generous donations from corporate partners, foundations, and individuals, we have raised over $5-million to fund this exciting project.

After months of careful planning and deliberation, we’re thrilled to share that on Monday, October 15th, we broke ground.

We’ll be sharing photos throughout the construction process in this space. Be sure to check back regularly for updates.

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September

What resilience looks like: My first 90 days at Dixon Hall

I started my new role as the CEO of Dixon Hall on May 22nd and this week marks just over 90 working days for me. I’ve lived in this downtown east community for several years now and I had no idea what  starting a new job in my community would look like. I had a concept of what working for an agency with such a rich history in a community with great need might be like, and did my best to manage expectations and to enjoy whatever new experiences came my way.  But I had no idea that I would (so early on) have experienced moments with community members and staff that will resonate with me for the rest of my life.

What I’ve witnessed is resilience.  The stories that have been shared with me from the diverse community members we support, our ability to adapt the programs we are implementing

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September

Addressing digital literacy gaps through short-term training interventions

Director of Employment Services, Haris Blentic shares how his team is adapting programs to the changing job market.

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August

Amplifying Impact: Overnight Camp’s Effects on Music School Students

Summer is an exciting time of year for young people, and the students of Dixon Hall Music School are no exception.

Every summer, our Music School offers camps for students, and opportunities to attend cultural and sporting events in Toronto. Our students have seen the Toronto Blue Jays in action, attended the Shaw Festival, and gone to the opera. One of the highlights of the Music School’s summer calendar is the chance to attend a one-week overnight camp at Hart House Farm in Caledon.

The summer camp runs for two weeks in July. The first week is for older students, ages 11 through 16, and the second week is for younger students, from 8 to 11.

Highlights of this year’s Senior Camp

Adolescence is a challenging transitional time, so counselors focus on helping campers express themselves in new and creative ways. When they aren’t practicing their instruments and enjoying the picturesque setting at Hart