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COVID-19 community volunteer opportunities and the University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is committed to helping fight COVID-19 by supporting community efforts and engagement during this pandemic. Building on our community engagement and addressing mounting Greater Toronto Area (GTA) needs due to COVID-19, U of T has created this web landing page to share information on known volunteer opportunities.

This resource is a non-exhaustive list of volunteer opportunities in the GTA, aimed at anyone interested in helping combat the virus whether they are part of the U of T community – students, staff, faculty, alumni – or the general public.

Please note that COVID-19 volunteer opportunities at the University of Toronto are listed if and only if they are distinct from jobs a paid staff member would perform. If a staff member who is currently working wishes to volunteer during their regularly scheduled hours of work, then the staff member should contact their manager and request vacation time or banked lieu time for any such volunteer activities.

University of Toronto students who want to get involved with community volunteering programs facilitated by the University, which are eligible for recognition on the co-curricular record, should visit the Centre for Community Partnerships' student programs.

Please search the list directly and follow the links/contacts if you wish to volunteer.

If you would like to add a volunteer opportunity to the site, please fill out the submission form


Community volunteer matchmakers


Supporting young people

  • Kids Help Phone - Kids Help Phone offers professional counselling services to young people over the phone and through text and live chat.

  • CAUSE Tutoring Toronto - A registered student group at U of T, which partners with CAUSE Tutoring, a federally accredited not-for-profit, to provide free, online extra help in science and math for grade 11 and 12 students. Extra hours available due to COVID-19 disruption.

  • - In support of high-school/university students, S.E.E.D.S., a registered charity, seeks volunteers to host/offer career-specific webinars that highlight non-linear, STEM career pathways and help alleviate stress and anxiety about academic/career-related challenges, especially during the current pandemic. 


Food access

For the vulnerable

  • The City of Toronto is working with community and corporate partners during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure food access for vulnerable residents. Information is available through

  • Daily Bread Food Bank - Online donations and food drop-off for the hungry.

  • Davenport Helps - Matching helpers with people who need food/other supports in the Davenport community.

  • Food Rescue - Online, local platform for donors of surplus food to connect directly with social service programs.

  • Good Neighbour Project - Providing support, groceries and necessities for vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Helpline: 647-873-2230

  • OpenLab - University Health Network’s OpenLab helps vulnerable seniors living in low-income housing through pick-up and delivery of groceries, food bank items and other household essentials during the pandemic. A single phone number/hotline facilitates connection to a network of volunteers. Volunteer intake form

  • The People’s Pantry - A GTA initiative safely providing and delivering cooked meals/groceries to specific communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19. 

For frontline healthcare workers

  • GroceryHero - A free grocery delivery service to help frontline medical workers focus on fighting COVID-19. Volunteers are matched with medical workers in their neighbourhood.


Personal protective equipment

  • PPE for HCPs Toronto - Started by a group of University of Toronto medical students and expanded to include other GTA community members, this group seeks donations of personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as monetary, to purchase new supplies for front-line healthcare workers.

  • Toronto Healthcare Worker COVID-19 Support Initiative - Offering volunteer support - childcare/babysitting, grocery runs, pharmacy runs, pet care, general errands - to GTA healthcare providers. Form and guidelines

  • #Stitch4Corona - A city-wide, coordinated volunteer effort to manufacture and deliver uncertified DIY fabric surgical masks. Volunteers can receive Mask Kits, measurements, instructional videos, delivery support. 

  • Pharmcovid19 - A group of pharmacy students offering support to Ontario pharmacists by distributing PPE, providing pet care, food deliveries and running other errands during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Ontario PPE Collective - A large GTA effort to create and donate face shields to frontline health care workers. It has two production facilities with 20 3D printers, CNC and laser cutters and a new sanitization facility. It is seeking volunteer 3D printers, drivers, people to receive, sanitize and package parts, media outreach personnel, fundraising coordinators and volunteer coordinators.


Research and clinical

  • CanCOVID - This platform was created to optimize Canada’s research response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. It is driven by an expert community of Canadian COVID-19 researchers, clinical collaborators and healthcare stakeholders from across the country. Become involved.

  • National COVID-19 volunteer opportunities - The Government of Canada together with provincial and territorial governments are seeking volunteers to help address COVID-19.

  • U of T Centre for Research & Innovation support (CRIS) - Spotlight on resources for conducting COVID-19 research.

  • Ontario Health Workforce Matching Portal - Health professionals and those with experience in fields that support the healthcare system can help alleviate the strain on healthcare systems due to COVID-19.

  • COVID-19 Resources Canada - A central resource for assisting researchers and clinicians in Canada to find critical human resources, expertise, reagents, equipment and information for combating COVID-19.