Feeling thankful?

Brittani Van Dusen


Many of us spent this past weekend with friends and family, celebrating the preceding year of accomplishments, milestones, adventures and relationships. It’s an opportunity to appreciate the small things that keep us moving each day, the things that protect, nourish, motivate and comfort us. 

For myself, I know that most days the things that are most important are taken for granted. It’s not every day I look up at my roof and think how grateful I am to be sheltered, tell my family how much they mean to me and how thankful I am that they are in good health. I certainly have not expressed to my kittens how much I enjoy their companionship. In passing, these are things that seem normal and not a privilege. But to others, they may seem unimaginable.

If my words have heightened your interest in helping others, below you’ll find over 50 organizations right here in the Durham Region that rely on people like you. Categorized, you’ll find clickable links to find out how you can lend a helping hand.

If you are still wary of volunteering, just know there are countless benefits. Volunteering builds your resume, showing your dedication and loyalty and accumulating great references. It will also enhance your personal and professional experiences, open new doors and build relationships!


-          Action Volunteers for Animal
-          WindReach Farm
-          The Animal Guardian Society


-          Big Brothers Big Sisters
-          Boys and Girls Club of Durham
-          Sunrise Youth Group
-          Scouts Canada
-          The Youth Centre
-          Girls Incorporated of Durham
-          The Refuge
-          YMCA Durham
-          Girl Guides of Canada
-          Nanny Angel Network
-          Children’s Wish Foundation
-          Grandview Childrens Foundation
-          Oshawa Kicks Soccer Club

Outreach Services:

-          Participation House Project
-          Durham Rape Crisis Centre
-          United Way of Durham Region
-          Simcoe Hall Settlement House
-          Feed the Need in Durham
-          Durham Outlook for the Needy
-          Salvation Army
-          Clarington East Food Bank
-          Community Care Durham

Health Care:

-          Canadian Blood Services
-          Crohn’s and Colitis Canada
-          Oshawa Community Health Centre
-          Lakeridge Health Foundation
-          Hearth and Stroke Foundation


-          Durham Sustain Ability


-          Sunnycrest Nursing Home
-          Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres


-          Special Olympics Ontario
-          Epilepse Durham Region
-          Community Living
-          Nova’s Ark
-          Durham Deaf Services
-          DeafBlind Ontario Services
-          Abilities Centre
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