Community Gardening

Opportunities

Host (Volunteer)

What is a Host / Host Family

A host or host family is an individual or family ideally from the neighbourhood or community who has expressed an interest in getting to know a child or youth with a disability.  The Coordinator’s role is to recruit, connect and support the relationship between a host / host family and an individual with a disability and their family.  The frequency, in which people get together, depends on everyone involved.

 

What is the Host/Host Family process

Hosts are often met as the coordinator begins to look around the natural community of the individual with a disability and their family.  More recently, hosts are also identified through community or university websites such as the Volunteer Toronto Website or similar volunteer network programs.  These sites provide an opportunity to match or bring people together.

Please click here for a Host / Host Family Application.

Host Opportunities List

 

TORONTO EAST

Toronto East is that area east of the Don Valley Parkway/Highway 404 

“Coding Mentor”

Creative 12-year-old girl in the Main and Danforth area loves coding, creating video games and reading mythology. She is looking for a young adult female who is confident, fun, likes coding and has a great sense of humour to explore her community and various coding programs in the area. If you are interested, please contact Kim Southern-Paulsen 

at 416.757.2780 or ksp@extendafamily.ca

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“Arts and Lego Buddy”

Creative 5-year-old girl who loves to paint, draw, tell stories and build with Lego. She is looking for a fun, creative female to spend time with in her home and to explore her neighbourhood. She lives in the Neilson and Ellesmere Rd area. If you are interested, please contact Kim Southern-Paulsen at 416.757.2780 or ksp@extendafamily.ca

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“Skating Buddy”

A 10-year-old boy in the Warden and St Clair Avenue East is looking for a skating buddy. He loves to cook, listen to music, dance and be outdoors. And he loves to skate! If you love to skate too and are social, have a good sense of humour and enjoy the outdoors, please contact Kim Southern-Paulsen at 416.757.2780 or ksp@extendafamily.ca

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“Swim Buddy”

An 11-year-old boy loves music, movement and the outdoors.  He lives in the Neilson and Sheppard area and is looking for a buddy to hang out with in his community or together you can go swimming. If you would like to consider being a swim buddy and friend to this young boy, please contact Kim Southern-Paulsen at 416.757.2780 or ksp@extendafamily.ca

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“Hanging Out”

This kind 16-year-old male loves bowling, animals and movies. He lives in the Kennedy and Danforth area. He is looking for a confident, social young male to explore the community, go bowling and check out a few movies with. For more information, please contact Kim Southern-Paulsen at 416.757.2780 or ksp@extendafamily.ca

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“Basketball Buddy”

Extend-A-Family is looking for a basketball buddy who will be paired with an 11-year-old male who loves playing basketball, talking about basketball/the NBA and playing NBA videogames. He lives in the McCowan and Steeles area. We are looking for someone who is friendly, patient, respectful, enjoys basketball & has knowledge around basketball & the NBA. If you are interested in this opportunity and can commit long-term (3 months or longer), please contact Nusrat Motala at 437.335.2180 or nm@extendafamily.ca

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“Brimley & Sheppard Buddy”

A 15-year-old male living in the Brimley & Sheppard area with interests in building, coding, video games & sports, is seeking a companion to volunteer with. The ideal candidate would be friendly, supportive, motivating, have a genuine interest in getting to know someone new and be interested in building their volunteer skills alongside this youth. Familiarity with Cantonese would be an asset. If you are interested in this opportunity and can commit long-term (3 months or longer), please contact Nusrat Motala at 437.335.2180 or nm@extendafamily.ca

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“Mentor at Markham/Ellesmere”

A 14 year old youth living in the Markham/Ellesmere area would like to meet someone who is interested in food, video games, and exploring the community. He is looking for a male mentor, if you have the same interests and are interested in this opportunity, please contact Nusrat Motala at 437.335.2180 or nm@extendafamily.ca

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“Mentor at 404 and Sheppard”

A 13 year old youth who loves the TTC, creates YouTube videos and enjoys cooking shows is looking to connect with someone who shares the same interest or passion. He lives in the 404 and Sheppard area, he is looking for someone to meet over Zoom and would eventually like to hang-out together in person. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Nusrat Motala at 437.335.2180 or nm@extendafamily.ca

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"Swimming Mentor"

A fun and energetic 10-year-old girl who loves spending time in water is in search of a female mentor with swimming experience to teach her how to swim, preferably, IN PERSON. The family lives near  Overlea & Don Mills area. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Antonia Heer at 647.292.5144 or ah@extendafamily.ca

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"Photography and Exploring!"

A 19-year-old is looking for someone to hang out with in her community! She loves photography, pop culture, music, and shopping. If you have a shared interest in photography and getting out and exploring Scarborough by TTC, this is for you. (Lawrence – Morningside). The ideal candidate would be friendly, supportive, motivating and have a genuine interest in getting to know someone new.  If you are interested and you can commit to meeting up a minimum of 2 times a month, please contact Kim Southern-Paulsen at 416.757.2780 or ksp@extendafamily.ca

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"Gaming, and Strategy Games"

A 14-year-old is looking for someone to hang out with in his neighbourhood! He loves video games and video game designs. He is hoping to find another person with shared interests who would hang out or go explore the St Clair East and Kingston Road area. He is also interested in geography, strategy games, and has a general curiosity about new topics, and current affairs. The ideal candidate would have shared interests in strategy games, video games and is responsible, confident and has a good sense of humour with a genuine interest in getting to know someone new.  Interested persons who can commit to getting together two times a month should contact Kim Southern-Paulsen at 416.757.2780 or ksp@extendafamily.ca

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"Mentor Animation, and Cartooning"

A 12-year-old who loves drawing, cartoons and cartooning or video animation is searching for a mentor with these shared interests. He is seeking someone who could draw, cartoon, and just hang out with him that would act as a role model. This conscientious 12 year would be best suited to a kind, confident and encouraging person who would be interested in exploring the St Clair Ave East and Kennedy area possibly acting as a connector while our and about. Interested persons should contact Kim Southern-Paulsen at 416.757.2780 or ksp@extendafamily.ca

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"Spend Time Gaming, and Learning about Computer Animation"

A reserved 19-year-old who loves music, gaming and computer animation is looking for someone with shared interests who could hang out virtually. The ideal candidate would be confident, fun with a sense of humour and has similar interests. This opportunity will eventually switch to in-person. If you have an interest in meeting and getting to know someone new, and spending some quality time with them, minimum commitment is two times per month. Interested persons should contact Kim Southern-Paulsen at 416.757.2780 or ksp@extendafamily.ca

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"Exploring museums and Galleries"

A bright 19-year-old woman in the Brimley and Ellesmere area, who enjoys history, historical sites and museums along with many other interests is seeking a young woman who has a love of history and exploring museums and galleries and perhaps indulge in a little shopping too. She loves dogs and has pets at home and has a broad range of interests. The ideal person would enjoy exploring our city’s museums and galleries and other places of interest, is confident, a good listener, as well as a conversationalist and be gently encouraging. Comfortable with TTC and dogs would be an asset. This fun opportunity would occur two times a month as determined by the both of you. If this sounds good to you, please contact Kim Southern-Paulsen at 416.757.2780 or ksp@extendafamily.ca

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"Photography and Outdoors"

A 14-year-old with a developing interest and talent in photography, and loves the outdoors is looking for a kind, and creative person to accompany and mentor him to grow his talent in photography. This young person lives at Scarborough Golf Club and Ellesmere. If you have a good sense of humour, love the outdoors, and enjoy photography and would like to share your talent of photography and encouragement with this young person please contact Kim Southern-Paulsen at 416.757.2780 or ksp@extendafamily.ca

 

TORONTO CENTRAL

Toronto Central is that area between Dufferin Street and the Don Valley Parkway/Highway 404

“Mentor at Bayview and Sheppard”

A 19-year-old youth living in Bayview and Sheppard area, wants to share his interest of basketball, gardening, and interacting with children in a camp environment. If interested in building a friendship, please contact Anne Murray at

647.292.5328 or abm@extendafamily.ca

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“Soccer and Music…”

A 15-year-old curious youth who loves debating, soccer and music would like to meet someone who shares the same interests. He lives near Steeles and Bayview. If interested in building a friendship, please contact Anne Murray at 647.292.5328 or abm@extendafamily.ca

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“Listening to Music and Crafts…”

A 16-year-old youth who enjoys listening to music, arts and crafts and loves to laugh is looking for a gentle soul with a sensitive approach to spend time together. She lives near Don Mills and Sheppard. If interested, please contact Paige Deeth at 647.292.5175 or pd@extendafamily.ca

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“Sports Enthusiast"

A very active and kind-hearted teenager who loves playing basketball, soccer and video games is looking for a friend/host to spend time with. He lives by Don Mills and Sheppard. For more information, please contact Paige Deeth at 647.292.5175 or pd@extendafamily.ca

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“Sports Buddy”

A fun and energetic 17-year-old male living in the Bathurst and Finch area who likes to play sports and enjoys new adventures is looking for a buddy to hang out with, who is kind, patient, outgoing, friendly and is willing to mentor him in to becoming a young responsible adolescent.  He is also looking for someone who enjoys playing basketball, getting involved in youth drop in programs and building a friendship.  If you are interested in this great opportunity and can commit to meeting up at least twice a month, please contact Paige Deeth at 647.292.5175 or pd@extendafamily.ca

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“Swimming Buddy”

Outgoing 6-year-old girl living in the Yonge and 401 area is looking for a big sister/ mentor to go swimming with.  This young individual is very energetic, has a great sense of humour and enjoys having a great time out in the community.  If you are interested in a great opportunity and can commit to meeting up at least twice a month, please contact Paige Deeth at 647.292.5175 or pd@extendafamily.ca

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“Yonge and Finch Friend”

A 5-year-old fun and energetic young girl living in the Yonge and Finch area is looking for a buddy to hang out with who is outgoing, friendly and patient and likes anything to do with arts and crafts, drawing, and enjoys swimming. This young individual is friendly, positive, and loves to have fun.  If you are interested in a great opportunity and can commit to meeting up at least twice a month, please contact Paige Deeth at 647.292.5175 or pd@extendafamily.ca

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“Hockey Buddy”

Adventurous 9-year-old boy living in the Bathurst and Steeles area is looking for a buddy who is fun, adventurous, patient and outgoing to hang out with and explore his community. He loves anything to do with playing games and sports, especially hockey.  If you are interested in a great opportunity and can commit to meeting up at least twice a month, please contact Paige Deeth at 647.292.5175 or pd@extendafamily.ca

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“Sports buddy at Davisville and Yonge”

A 13 year old active but shy boy who loves playing basketball. He loves to go to the gym and swimming. He loves to go out in the community, shopping and travelling on the TTC. He is looking for a male buddy to spend time with him and build a lasting friendship. If you are interested, please contact Paige Deeth at 647.292.5175 or pd@extendafamily.ca

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“Mentor at Leslie and Finch”

A curious and motivated 16 year old youth who is looking for a friend and mentor to share in his love of art, puzzles, and exploring. He also enjoys geography, trivia and sketching. He lives in the Finch and Leslie area. If you are interested, please contact Paige Deeth at 647.292.5175 or pd@extendafamily.ca

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“Friendship Buddy"

A 16-year-old happy and fun young man would like a friend to spend time with and build connections in the community. He loves music, piano, the TTC, swimming, going for walks and movies. He would enjoy spending time with someone and exploring different opportunities in the community. He lives near Roncesvalles and Bloor.  If you are interested, please contact Ella Jenkyn at 416.239.7131 or ej@extendafamily.ca

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“Downtown Friend"

A 17-year-old youth is looking for someone to spend time with once a month or more. Ideally, the person would have similar interests to cooking, getting outdoors and music. She lives near University and Dundas area. If you are interested please contact Ella Jenkyn at 416.239.7131 or ej@extendafamily.ca

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“Mentor Buddy"

A 16-year-old boy living in the Dundas and River St area is interested in sharing his passion for photography, computers, biking, swimming and watching hockey. He wants to build a friendship with a male and be mentored. If you are interested please contact Anne Murray at 647.292.5328 or abm@extendafamily.ca

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“Adventure Seeking Buddy”

Seeking a buddy for an adventurous 10-year-old girl.  This young girl loves to play at the park and be outdoors.  She is open minded and interested in trying new things.  She lives near Parliament and Gerard area and is looking for a female buddy who can meet in person to go for walks and play in the park!  If you are interested, please contact Ella Jenkyn at 416.239.7161 or ej@extendafamily.ca

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“Active Friend”

An active 10-year-old boy with a variety of interests is looking for a buddy and mentor to connect with.  He is seeking someone who enjoys music, being outside, swimming and going to playgrounds. He lives around Dufferin and King area. The ideal buddy would be patient, kind and empathetic.  If you are interested, please contact Ella Jenkyn at 416.239.7161 or ej@extendafamily.ca

 

TORONTO WEST

Toronto West is that area west of Dufferin Street

“Energetic and Creative!”

A 17-year-old young man is looking for someone to hang out with in his community! He is social, energetic and creative and is looking for another young person to hang out with and explore his neighbourhood (Bloor St. West and  East Mall area).  He has many interests including bowling, swimming, baseball, soccer, basketball and going to the movies.  He is highly imaginative and has a great sense of humor, come and see what else you have in common!  The ideal candidate would be friendly, supportive, motivating and have a genuine interest in getting to know someone new.  If you are interested and you can commit to hanging out a minimum of 2 times a month, please contact Ella Jenkyn at 416.239.7131 or ej@extendafamily.ca

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“A Male Role Model”

A 16-year-old male who lives at Evans and the East Mall is looking for someone to hang out with in the community. He would love to be matched with another male so that they can go out in the community together. This young man has a passion for electronics and DJ’ing. For further information, please contact Ella Jenkyn at 416.239.7131 or ej@extendafamily.ca

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“Music and Dance Buddy”

Friendly and outgoing 13-year-old young boy living in the Weston Rd. and Eglinton area who likes to play sports, enjoys learning new dance moves, and having fun is looking for a buddy who is patient, outgoing, friendly and is willing to hangout, be a positive role model and build a friendship. If you are interested in a great opportunity and can commit to meeting up at least twice a month, please contact Paige Deeth at 647.292.5175 or pd@extendafamily.ca

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“West End Buddy”

An 18-year-old young man is looking for someone to hang out with in his community! He is social, energetic and creative and is looking for another young person to hang out with and explore his neighbourhood (Bloor Street West and East Mall area). He has many interests including bowling, swimming, baseball, soccer, basketball and going to the movies. He is highly imaginative and has a great sense of humor, come and see what else you have in common! The ideal candidate would be friendly, supportive, motivating and have a genuine interest in getting to know someone new. If you are interested and you can commit to hanging out a minimum of 2 times a month please contact Ella Jenkyn at 416.239.7131 or ej@extendafamily.ca

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“Bloor Street West and Islington Mentor”

A 19-year-old male who lives near Islington and Bloor Street West is looking for someone to hang out with.  They live two blocks away from Islington Station.  This young man loves drama, playing video games, drawing and watching cartoons, reading, and playing different instruments.  The ideal candidate would be motivating, kind and patient.  Most visits would be in the family’s home.  If you’re interested in spending time together, please contact

Marissa Wolicki at 647.292.5357 or mw@extendafamily.ca

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“Movie and Trivia Buddy”

A young man living near Park Lawn and Berry Road is looking for another male to spend time with on the weekends. This 18-year- old loves to play trivia, watch movies, play the piano and be on the computer. An ideal match would be a person who is active, patient and offers lot of encouragement!  If you have some free time and would like to get to know this youth more, please contact Marissa Wolicki at 647.292.5357 or mw@extendafamily.ca

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“Do You Love Baseball and Soccer?”

An energetic and active 9-year-old in the Rogers Road and Dufferin area is looking for a peer mentor. This young man likes playing baseball and soccer. He also loves to swim and participates in a class at his local community centre.  If you would be interested in offering your time, twice a month to this youngster, please contact Marissa Wolicki at 647.292.5357 or mw@extendafamily.ca

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“Martingrove and Dixon Mentor”

A 19-year-old male living at Martingrove and Dixon is looking to connect with a peer in his community. He enjoys reading, sketching, looking at art, movies and listening to music. If you’re interested in spending time together, please contact Marissa Wolicki at 647.292.5357 or mw@extendafamily.ca

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“Netflix and Movie Buddy”

A male in grade ten who enjoys watching Netflix, action/criminal and super hero flicks is looking for someone to hang out with twice a month. He lives near Martingrove and Dixon. This young man loves to explore Toronto by TTC and enjoys listening to hip hop and rap music. If you’re interested in spending time together, please contact Marissa Wolicki at 647.292.5357 or mw@extendafamily.ca

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“Etobicoke Buddy”

An energetic 12-year-old girl living at Martingrove and Albion loves dancing, reading books, cooking and playing both badminton and basketball.  She is looking for a young adult female who is fun, thoughtful and active to explore her community. If you are interested, please contact Marissa Wolicki at 647.292.5357 or mw@extendafamily.ca