November to April, many Toronto churches participate in the Out of the Cold Program, which provides a hot, nourishing meal to those in need as well as emergency shelter for the homeless. These churches are gearing up right now to recruit volunteers for weekly or monthly assistance with breakfast or dinner meals. Many Toronto churches participate in the program, which is coordinated by Dixon Hall. If you are considering offering your culinary, clean-up or hosting services to Out of the Cold, you can check out the requirements for many of the participating churches below.
The Church of St. Aidan in the Beach Anglican Church
St. Aidan’s is located at 70 Silver Birch Ave. (off of Queen St.E., right in the Beach). Meals are served on Monday nights. Each volunteer works in a team on a monthly basis. Volunteer roles include preparing and serving meals, and meeting and socializing with guests. Call 416-691-2222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church
Located two blocks north of St. Clair on Yonge Street, Yorkminster Park Baptist Church serves breakfast and dinner each Thursday as part of Out of the Cold from Nov. 2 to Apr. 1, 2011. The church is currently seeking volunteers for:
- Dinner food prep, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. (3 volunteers required)
- Entertainment, security, 6:45 p.m. to 11 p.m. (30 volunteers required)
- Overnight, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. (2 volunteers required)
- Breakfast food service and clean-up, 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. (25 volunteers required)
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 73 Simcoe St. (at King St. W.) serves a weekly Monday night dinner from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to over 200 guests, as well as a hot breakfast on Tuesday mornings from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. that serves between 100-130 guests. Shifts include Sunday afternoon (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) for Monday dinner meal preparation, various shifts on Monday from 10 a.m. to 6.p.m. for final meal preparation and Monday evenings for serving, host duties and sorting and handing out gently used donated clothes. Volunteers receive dinner on Monday evenings. Minimum volunteer age is 16. Please call 416-593-5600 or email email@example.com.