In the heart of Parkdale; we have become the core support agency for those who struggle with issues of poverty, mental health, addictions, homelessness and food security. Members access services and develop relationships with our staff and one another through our core areas of operation: a drop-in centre, a peer-support program, an outreach program and supportive housing. The simple act of walking through our doors is what makes a person a PARC member. Choosing to give back, create and grow is how PARC members contribute and help build our community.
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Are you looking for a fun and engaging group volunteer opportunity while making an impact?
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To fully understand who we are and what we do, we ask everyone to take a tour first before placing anyone into a volunteer position.
Introductory tours are offered every second Wednesday of the month throughout the year from 5:30 p.m.-6:30p.m.
Our upcoming tours for 2019 will take place on:
Wednesday, January 9th; February 13th, March 13th, April 10th, May 8th, September 11th, October 9th, November 13th.
Sorry no tours over the summer months and in December.
Please meet us at 1499 Queen Street West at the Drop-In (the second door east of Sorauren Ave)
We hope to provide new friends with not only a tour of the buildings but an introduction to our PARC culture, programs, values, and our commitments:
- PARC has an anti-poverty stance – PARC believes that poverty is a systemic discriminatory barrier that is currently accepted by the broader organizations of economic & social governance; therefore PARC’s anti-poverty work focuses on both the individuals affected and on the systemic practices that produce poverty.
- PARC has a holistic healing stance – PARC believes that the whole person can and must engage-socially, physically, and mentally in the world around us if he or she is to rebuild his or her life within the PARC community and the community outside
- PARC has an anti-oppression stance – PARC is committed to challenging and redressing the multiple forms of systemic, interpersonal, service-oriented and employment focused forms of oppression that render people vulnerable. Members of the general community and mental health survivors created PARC: we must ensure that our members’ voices guide PARC’s work and govern its decisions.
To be a volunteer at PARC means to help build and maintain relationships with community members; some of whom struggle with mental health and/or addiction issues. Our aim is to create a welcoming, respectful and consistent environment for members and therefore ask volunteers to make a 6 month to 3-year commitment. Due to liability concerns we can only accept volunteers over 18 years of age.
Thank you for your interest!