Holiday Guide 2021

Community Service
& Giving

Give the gift of gratitude and appreciation this season by engaging with one of these charitable and community service initiatives.
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QuadReal has partnered with the City of Toronto to create ArtworxTO – donated space for public art exhibitions, including the Collison Gallery located at Commerce Court in Toronto's Financial District.

Curated by Emma Steen and featuring artists Laura Grier and Susan Blight, Locating Self Care in Urban Centres at the Collision Gallery is inspired by Black and Indigenous curators and thinkers who view self-care as a radical community-based practice. Enjoy the exhibit this season and reflect on how the artists use self-care and as a tool of resistance.

Photo credit to Garcia Creative

This holiday season, and every day of the year, EY supports communities in Toronto by volunteering their time and talent through the EY Ripples program — their global corporate responsibility program that supports the next generation develop skills, works with up-and-coming entrepreneurs and helps to accelerate environmental sustainability.

If you want to take part in creating ripples of social change in communities or contact our EY Ripples Canada team, visit the link below.

Through a special partnership between First Work, LinkedIn and the Toronto Region Board of Trade, access to LinkedIn Learning is being provided at no-cost. Gift access to more than 16,000 high-quality content courses designed for the enthusiastic learner.

LinkedIn Learning courses are an opportunity to uncover new tools first-hand from industry leaders who demonstrate and teach skills that employers are searching for. The LinkedIn Learning program helps job seekers, employers and nonprofit organizations gain the skills necessary to remain agile in a changing recovery economy.

Give the gift of education to a student-in-need with Centennial College’s #GivingTuesday campaign. The campaign is focused on breaking down barriers to education for Centennial students from equity-deserving communities who are experiencing financial challenges. Your gift helps provide urgently needed support to hardworking students. Your gift is a lifeline at a time when their students need it most and can set them up for success.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) draws on 50 years of experience working alongside communities around the world who face the challenge of accessing emergency medical care, when and where it is most needed. This season, they feature the MSF Warehouse, where they stock symbolic gifts — like a lifesaving emergency health response, or a basket of medical supplies — that help MSF teams provide critical medical care across the globe.

Whatever gift you choose, you’ll be helping MSF provide assistance to people and communities who need it most. Visit the MSF Warehouse and donate individually or make the Warehouse part of your company’s holiday initiative this season.

As it has done for over 20 years, the University of Toronto (U of T) community has partnered with United Way Greater Toronto (UWGT) for its annual fundraising campaign – now more important than ever as UWGT expanded services to support communities through the pandemic.

So far, U of T staff, faculty and librarians have contributed over $20 million to United Way. Additionally, UWGT and U of T share values of justice and community action, which is why we’ve partnered to launch the Leading Justice Fellowship to support leaders who advance social progress.

Contribute to their fundraising campaign through the Friends of U of T link below.

RBC understands the evolving needs of small business owners and entrepreneurs and is committed to supporting them on their journey to start, manage and grow their business. This is done with innovative digital-first tools and solutions, advice and services that go beyond banking.

Throughout the holiday season, RBC is running programs of support and encouragement for all Canadians to buy local. For instance, eXperience RBC at Sherway Gardens is not your typical branch. The space is designed to be inviting and modern, where ideas are explored through innovative technology, exhibits and special events.

From textiles to body care products and everything in between, you’ll find that perfect gift for you or that special someone on your list. Here are the businesses featured at eXperience:

Sitti Soap – Committed to the self-reliance of refugee and displaced communities through long term employment opportunities – selling bath, body, apparel and accessories.

Soft & Butter – Skincare brand dedicated to bringing mindfulness back through skin love, products made from sustainable sources.

Cardamom & Co. – Authentic chai and tea, handmade in Toronto.

Tone Textiles – Handcrafted and responsibly sourced accessories from natural up-cycled and recycled materials.

The Grain Studio – One of a kind art pieces custom made and tailored to customers’ dimensions – from “tree to slab to art”.

Boardball – Making the game of volleyball more accessible, built by competitive and recreational volleyballers.

Aligned Service Group has launched their #GivingHope campaign to provide winter clothes, toiletries, fresh produce and healthy prepared meals to children, families and people experiencing homelessness in Toronto.

If you have a large volume of items to spare, email Aligned Service Group to arrange a pickup.

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