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Alternative Reading Week

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Alternative Reading Week (ARW) is a short term volunteer program that runs annually during the University of Toronto Scarborough's Reading Week. Students learn to explore the concepts of learning through service, leadership for social change, and community development.


Winter 2020 ARW – February

You must attend one (1) MANDATORY Winter Alternative Reading Week Volunteer Training and Orientation.

Registrations Open-Close Timeline: Dates TBA

  • Please select only one (1) of the sites. Multiple chosen sites will be cancelled.
  • If you must cancel, please cancel your CLN event RSVP, and contact:
  • Regardless of chosen community organization, all students will be meeting at on campus at EV-151/152 (Catalyst Centre) to be transported to and from the site for Day One of Winter 2020 Alternative Reading Week.
  • Events are subject to change based on UTSC and the partnering organizations discretion.


Malvern Family Resource Centre -- Afterschool Snack Prep and Program Support (Max. 5)

Malvern Family Resource Centre is a multi-service social service agency providing a variety of programs and services to residents in the Scarborough North and Scarborough Rouge Park ridings. This agency has been in the community for the past thirty-five years and has experienced steady growth to keep up with the needs of the community. Tasks include snack prep for after school programming, preparation of program activities, and other duties as required.

Agincourt Community Services Association – Dorset Park Hub Food Bank Support (Max. 6)

Agincourt Community Services Association addresses a variety of issues including systemic poverty, hunger, housing, homelessness, unemployment, accessibility, and social isolation. The organization’s concept is to act as a bridge between people who need help and those who can provide it. Tasks for the day include (and are not limited to): unloading delivery trucks, dividing delivery items into smaller parcels, packing and distributing food boxes, communicating effectively and in a respectful manner with clients of the food bank.

*Volunteers should be able to stand for extended periods and lift up to 25lbs using safe lifting and handling techniques.

Mornelle All-Stars – Afterschool Program Support  (Max. 6)

Mornelle All-Stars is dedicated to improving the health, welfare, and safety of the Mornelle neighborhood and fostering healthy relationships with the community. Through their programs and services, Mornelle All-Stars makes a profound difference in the lives of young and old people. Tasks include providing educational assistance, working with children to foster healthy self-esteem, program assistance with the Walk Safe Program and Homework After School Program.

East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club – Afterschool Program Support (Max. 6)

The Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough has been serving our community since 1956. Each year the Club provides service to over 5,000 children and youth, in over 19 locations throughout the East Scarborough community. These programs include licensed childcare, early years programs, before & afterschool programs, camps, sports/recreation & leadership development. Our vision is to see children and youth in East Scarborough discover and achieve their dreams and grow up to be healthy, successful and active participants in society. Tasks for this site will include facilitating social recreation and educational programs for children ages 6-12 years, and running planned activities while engaging with children participating in programs

KGO Adult Literacy Program – Tutoring and Program Support (Max. 6)

The KGO Adult Literacy Program supports adults with their reading, writing, and math skills. We provide small group classes and one-to-one tutoring. The mission of the KGO Adult Literacy Program is to assist adults in the Kingston-Galloway-Orton Park community with their reading, writing and math so they are empowered to increase their social, personal and economic capacities, explore new opportunities and initiate change. Tasks will include getting to know KGO, supporting tutoring program, and learning adult education principles.

The Centre for Immigration & Community Services -- Preparing the Indoor Community Garden (Max. 8)

Centre for Immigration & Community Services empowers newcomers in settling and integrating as contributing members of Canadian society though diverse, professional, and innovative services. The Indoor Community Garden brings people together and helps make connections through food. Tasks include watering, preparation of pots and soil mixes, creation of garden signs, organizing materials and equipment in warehouse, and more.

Native Child and Family Services – Program Support (Max. 6)

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) was founded in 1986 by concerned members of Toronto’s Native community. The founders were concerned about the high number of children in the care of Children’s Aid Societies and by the issues, such as poverty, addictions, family violence, and homelessness, confronting Native families in the city. The founders were further concerned that while the Native family had many issues before it, few services within the mainstream sector were available to meet the needs of an increasingly voiceless and marginalized community. The founders were guided by a vision that saw the development of a single point of access to a host of needed services all under the control and guidance of the community itself. Important features of such services were that they be family and child focused, holistic in their orientation, integrated, and preventative, with a strong Native cultural base as their foundation. Tasks include supporting cultural and youth centered programming.

*Volunteers with an interest and openness towards Indigeneity, culture and community are encouraged to apply.

Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities - Food and Clothing Bank Support (Max. 10)

SCHC is multi-service organization that is committed to meeting the diverse holistic health needs of individuals, families, and communities within Scarborough and works closely with community members to foster partnerships that address needs. Tasks include sorting and organizing the food donation room, unloading donated items from delivery, distributing food items to clients accessing the food support program.

*Volunteers should be able to stand for extended periods and lift up to 25lbs using safe lifting and handling techniques.

Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities – Seniors’ Program Support (Max. 8)

SCHC is a multi-service organization that is committed to meeting the diverse holistic health needs of individuals, families, and communities within Scarborough and works closely with community members to foster partnerships that address needs. Tasks include providing a range of program support and assisting with recreational activities for clients, and other duties as required.

Interested in participating in future Alternative Reading Week? Complete our community engagement registration form.

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