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List of Our Community Partners under ROMCAN program

Communities Served

Families and Children Living with Poverty

Covenant House

As Canada's largest homeless youth agency, Covenant House Toronto changes lives by providing the widest range of services and support under one roof. More than a place to stay, our agency serves youth through our 24/7 crisis shelter and transitional housing on-site and in the community, as well as with our comprehensive services, including education, counselling, health care, employment assistance, job training and aftercare. As many as 250 youth a day use our residential and support services. To do all this, we rely on donors for more than 80 percent of our $24.4-million annual operating budget. Our doors are open to youth 16 to 24 regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or the circumstances that have brought them to our doors. We work to help homeless youth move from a life on the street to a life with a future. Since 1982, Covenant House has served more than 90,000 young people.

Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre

Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre’s mission is to foster an atmosphere which will encourage the Dixie Bloor community as a whole to participate in and develop a positive, healthy, and caring neighbourhood.

Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre was founded in 1988 by concerned members of the community to enhance the quality of life of those residing in the Dixie Bloor area. Programs offered are free of charge and responsive to the needs of the community. Staff, volunteers, and neighbours work together to identify and discuss issues and concerns, develop and provide services and programs to meet the needs of the community, and promote community participation.

Toronto Public Library Sun Life Financial Museum and Art Pass

The Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass (MAP) lets you and your family (2 adults & up to 5 children) explore the best of Toronto's arts and cultural treasures for free. With your valid adult Toronto Public Library card, you can take out a pass for your family at any Toronto Public Library branch. ROM passes are available at 50 branches.

United Way Toronto and York Region

Established in 1956, United Way Toronto and York Region is a charity working to advance the common good and create opportunities for a better life for everyone in our city. Working in partnership with others, we mobilize people and resources to address the root causes of social problems and to change community conditions for the better. United Way supports agencies that provide services to strengthen individuals, families, and communities. The following partners are United Way agencies: 

 

United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton

United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton (United Way) aims to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. United Way serves as the most efficient umbrella charity, capable of engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action in order to generate funds for those in-need in our community. Dollars raised in the community are allocated to local agency programs that bring needed help and support, consistently and fairly, with proven performance and results. The United Way supports priority needs where funding is otherwise not available, providing services to seniors, individuals, families and children – many of whom live below the poverty line.

United Way of Peel Region

Established in 1967, United Way of Peel Region serves the communities of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon, by supporting agencies and programs that improve social conditions to ensure that each resident in the region can not only survive, but thrive. The 2012 main funding priority was to move people out of poverty, provide them with opportunities that lead to an improved quality of life and prevent people from falling into poverty.

YMCA Toronto

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity focused on community support and development. Our aim is to provide every individual in our community with opportunities for personal growth, community involvement, and leadership. By making connections, collaborating, and mirroring our region’s diversity, we believe we can become the network that binds our many neighbourhoods into one city, one country, and one world.

Underserved/underrepresented/racialized youth

The 519 Church Street Community Centre

The 519 is committed to the health, happiness and full participation of the LGBTQ community. A City of Toronto agency with an innovative model of Service, Space and Leadership, we strive to make a real difference in people’s lives, while working to promote inclusion, understanding and respect.

Albion Neighbourhood Services, Albion Boys and Girls Club

Albion Neighbourhood Services has served the Jamestown/Rexdale community for over 40 years. They offer access community services, children and youth programs and services, housing services and community development and capacity building.

Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough

The Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough has been serving our community since 1956. Each year the Club provides service to over5,000 children and youth in over 19 locations throughout the East Scarborough community. These programs include licenced childcare, early years programs, before & afterschool programs, camps, sports/recreation & leadership development . At the Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough, we strive to meet the changing needs of our community and continue to make this place ‘ A good place to be’.

Boys and Girls Club of West Scarborough

The Boys and Girls Club of West Scarborough began serving children and youth in 1956. The club is a leading provider of programs and services that support the healthy physical, emotional, educational and social development of over 5,600 children and youth in the communities of Scarborough and East Toronto. The Club, through, its main site and satellite locations, provides a safe, secure and fun environment where children and youth experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop skills and confidence for life.

Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples

The Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples offers services and programs to the Spanish speaking community in Toronto, Ontario.

Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club

Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club's vision is that all children and youth discover and achieve their dreams and are healthy, successful and active participants in society. Their mission is to provide a safe and supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.

Eastview Boys and Girls Club

For over 40 years Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre has been proud to serve its community in southeast Toronto. The dedicated commitment of its staff, Board and volunteers ensures high quality, multi-service program delivery to community members from infancy to the elderly. Serving over 2700 people a year, Eastview combines a holistic approach with a warm, welcoming environment and a sense of belonging in developing signature programming in partnership with our community members and stakeholders. 

Harriet Tubman Community Organization

Harriet Tubman Community Organization (HTCO) is a non-profit agency, dedicated to reducing the experiences of marginality faced by young people, and others in need. Our mission is achieved through the promotion of African Canadian Heritage education, arts and wellness programs and services.

Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture

We create a safe space for Filipino-Canadian youth, both second generation and newcomers, to overcome multiple barriers that prevent them from meaningful engagement in society. At Kapisanan, youth activate their creativity to explore identity, fostering pride and self-confidence, inspiring and empowering them to realize their full potential.

Kids Up Front Foundation Toronto

Kids Up Front is a charitable organization that provides access to arts, culture, sport and recreation for children who otherwise do not have the opportunity in Toronto. Kids Up Front reaches children and families in need by distributing arts, culture and sports tickets to 150 charitable partners. Since 2006, Kids Up Front has provided more than 160,000 children in our community with free access to events.

Thousands of children in Toronto face challenges that prevent them from accessing entertaining and educational events. The goal of our program is to remove barriers and provide children in need with the opportunity to experience a live theatre production, a movie, a trip to the museum, a concert, or a hockey game for the first time.

St. Alban's Boys and Girls Club

St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club was founded in 1949 and serves over 2000 members a year at our founding clubhouse plus 1000 more in 18 satellite sites including locations in three United Way identified priority neighbourhoods. Passionate, well trained staff and volunteers lead a diverse range of programs and services such as daycare, early years programs, after school programs, sports and recreation programs, youth leadership programs, summer camp, aquatic lessons, tutoring, mentoring, arts programs, employment readiness programs and more. At St. Alban’s, we strive to maintain and strengthen our core services to children and youth while growing to meet the varied and changing needs of our communities.

VIBE Arts

VIBE Arts working with community partners, provides opportunities for children and youth in under-resourced communities and schools to engage meaningfully and actively in hands-on, high quality arts education. Each year VIBE Arts offers almost 200 outreach programs to children and youth in Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods. To date, VIBE Arts  has provided over 40,000 young people from culturally diverse, low-income areas in Toronto with high-quality, innovative arts experiences in visual arts, dance, drama, music, dub poetry, video/film-making, and photography.

Visions of Science Network for Learning

Visions of Science is a charitable organization that aims to advance the educational achievements and career aspirations of youth from low-income and marginalized communities through meaningful engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and research.

Whippersnapper Gallery

Whippersnapper Gallery is an artist-run centre committed to the cultivation of inclusive spaces for emerging visual and media arts, community arts, and experimental forms of exhibition making. We provide artists and cultural producers with a flexible platform and exhibition space to expand the parameters of their professional practice. Whippersnapper is structured to encourage peer-to-peer mentorship and promote success by the artists’ own standards. Through critical and diverse programming, Whippersnapper initiates new relationships and unexpected conversations. We facilitate exchange between artists and local communities, and between a spectrum of emerging and established art communities throughout Toronto and Canada.

Youth Troopers for Global Awareness

YTGA is a youth led Non Profit mobilizing and empowering young people for social justice through the arts, various events, workshops, campaigns and special projects. Born in 2006 in Mississauga Ontario by a group of very passionate students determined to bring about awareness of global and local issues through creative writing, visual art, theatre and spoken word. We aim to be accessible and inclusive to all youth, all over the world.

New Canadians

Arab Community Centre

We assist individuals and families in building lives in Canada through a multi-service, inclusive, and culturally-sensitive approach, in cooperation with communities. Our mission is to empower newcomers in Canada and strengthen local communities. We provide services in 13 languages: Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Assyrian, Dutch, English, French, Hindi, Lithuanian, Punjabi, Tigrinya, Tigray, and Urdu.

Centre for Immigrant and Community Services (CICS)

CICS aims to empower immigrants in settling and integrating as contributing members of Canadian society through diverse, professional, and innovative services. The 43-year momentum fuelled by the dedication, compassion, and hard work of volunteers and staff places CICS at the forefront of serving immigrants. CICS is funded by three levels of government and United Way York Region to provide a wide range of settlement programs and services in Toronto and York Region.

Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples

The Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples offers services and programs to the Spanish speaking community in Toronto, Ontario.

Cultural Access Pass - Institute for Canadian Citizenship

Our vision at the ICC keeps in mind that by 2030, Canada’s net population growth will be entirely attributable to immigration. By creating opportunities for new Canadian citizens to participate fully in our cultural and political life, we will be able to continue to nurture the kind of society we have worked so hard to create: public education, cultural activities, parks, and medical care.

Culture Link

CultureLink is a settlement organization that is both old and new. We have over 25 years’ experience in developing and delivering settlement services to meet the needs of diverse communities. Our services connect cultures to build welcoming communities. We assist newcomers looking for employment, help families navigate the school system, and provide newcomer youth with the skills necessary for bright and successful futures. We support refugees and bring together new and established Canadians.

Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture

We create a safe space for Filipino-Canadian youth, both second generation and newcomers, to overcome multiple barriers that prevent them from meaningful engagement in society. At Kapisanan, youth activate their creativity to explore identity, fostering pride and self-confidence, inspiring and empowering them to realize their full potential.

North York Community House

In addition to assisting newcomers to Canada with settlement and integration, NYCH also supports the positive development of families, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, and skill-building that leads to employment and personal growth.

Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office

Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office is a multicultural, multi-service agency providing a wide range of community services since 1985.  We have more than 120 staff at service locations on Thorncliffe Park Drive and at 3 satellite locations in Toronto.  All of our services are free and available in more than 40 languages. We are a model for neighbourhood programming and community development in Ontario.  In 2011, we were awarded the United Way Spirit Award for excellence in community giving. 

University Settlement

University Settlement is a multi-service agency that was founded in 1910 and has the distinction of being the first community-based social service centre in the City of Toronto. Our four offices are part of culturally rich and vibrant neighborhoods in downtown Toronto and North York.

WoodGreen Community Services

Celebrating 75 years of success in 2012, WoodGreen Community Services is one of the largest social service agencies in Toronto. A founding United Way of Toronto member agency, WoodGreen has grown to span 36 locations and serves 37,000 people each year. WoodGreen helps people find safe, affordable housing, seniors live independently, internationally-trained professionals enter the job market, parents access childcare, children and youth access after-school programs, newcomers settle in to Canadian life, homeless and marginalized people get off the streets and youth find meaningful employment and training.

Persons with Disabilities and the Deaf Community

Across Boundaries

Across Boundaries, an ethno-racial community mental health centre, provides a range of supports and services to people from marginalized communities including immigrants and refugees who are experiencing mental health problems.  The centre provides a holistic approach to dealing with mental health problems recognizing the interdependence of the spiritual, emotional, mental, physical, social, cultural, linguistic, economic and broader environmental aspects of health that affect the well-being of people of color. 

Autism Ontario

Autism Ontario is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals with whom they interact. The association and its chapters share common goals of providing information and education, supporting research, and advocating for programs and services for the autism community. Our mission is to ensure that each individual with ASD is provided the means to achieve quality of life as a respected member of society.

Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic

The Barbra Sclifer Commemorative Clinic offers legal representation, professional counselling and multilingual interpretation to women who have experienced violence. The Clinic's diverse, skilled and compassionate staff accompany women through personal and practical transformation, helping them to build lives free from violence. The Clinic also advocates for law reform and social change that benefit women, as well as provides professional development opportunities for service providers.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.

CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.

Creative Works Studio

Creative Works Studio (CWS) is an arts-based occupational therapy and community initiative of the Inner City Health Program of St. Michael’s Hospital and operates in partnership with Good Shepherd Non-Profit Homes Inc. The studio is non-denominational and is led by Isabel Fryszberg, an occupational therapist and practicing artist.

Down Syndrome Association of Ontario

The Down Syndrome Association of Ontario (DSAO) is a charitable, non-profit organization, which is composed of local Down Syndrome Associations from across the province. The local Down Syndrome Associations throughout the province provide direction to the DSAO by sending local representatives to sit on the DSAO Board of Directors. Through consultation with the local associations, the DSAO Board determines the ways it can be the most helpful to the people of Ontario with Down syndrome and their families.

Family Service Toronto

Family Service Toronto collaborates with individuals, families and communities to create lasting, measurable improvements in their health and well-being. We achieve this through counselling, education, social action, advocacy, community development and working with partners to advance a vibrant community services sector.

George Brown College School of Deaf and Deafblind Studies

By learning to work as a professional Interpreter or Intervenor, you will empower members of the Deaf and deafblind community by giving them greater access to the world around them allowing them to experience life to the fullest. For those who are interested in learning American Sign Language, we offer a one-year certificate program that introduces you to the language and culture of the Deaf community. This program also prepares you for further study in our more advanced programs.

Gerstein Crisis Centre

The Gerstein Crisis Centre is a 24-hour community based crisis service for adults 16+ in the City of Toronto, who are dealing with a serious mental health issue, concurrent or substance use issue, and are currently in crisis. As well as regular crisis service, the Centre offers specialized integrated services for individuals with complex needs, including Mental Health and Justice, Concurrent and Serious Substance Use, Homelessness and Dual Diagnosis. They offer education in mental health awareness, suicide intervention and crisis intervention to a wide range of community groups. All services are voluntary, free and confidential, and either complement or provide an alternative to medically-based services.

Inner City Family Health Team (FHT)

The Inner City Family Health Team (FHT) is a multidisciplinary team who serves homeless clients with complex health needs. They FHT provides services which include untreated chronic adn complex multi-system diseases, an elevated risk of acute health emergencies, and serious and persistent mental health and substance use challenges. Clients are predominantly current or former users of Seaton House Shelter.

Regeneration Community Services (RCS)

The Regeneration Community Services (RCS) is a charitable not-for-profit community based mental health and addictions organization providing affordable supportive housing and case management services for adults with serious mental health and/or addiction issues.

Tangled Arts and Disability

Tangled Art and Disability is boldly redefining how the world experiences art and those who create it. We are a not for profit art + disability organization dedicated to connecting professional and emerging artists, the arts community and a diverse public through creative passion and artistic excellence. Our mandate is to support Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists, to cultivate Deaf, Mad and disability arts in Canada, and to enhance access to the arts for artists and audiences of all abilities.

Vita Community Living Services & Men’s Sana Families for Mental Health

Vita Community Living Services/Men’s Sana Families for Mental Health (VITA) provides safety, respect, and community through services for individuals with intellectual disabilities and/or mental health needs. VITA makes life better for people living with intellectual disabilities and or mental health issues. VITA also provides family members with ongoing support through day, respite, and crisis options. VITA’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for those living with intellectual disabilities and or mental health issues by promoting community and providing a safe and respectful environment.

Children with life-threatening medical conditions

Make a Wish Foundation

The mission of Make-A-Wish® Canada is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Canada is a part of the largest wish-granting organization in the world and can be found in over 36 countries on five continents. The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America grants the wishes of children in the United States, Guam and Puerto Rico through its 65 chapters, while Make-A-Wish Foundation® International serves children outside the United States in over 36 countries on five continents. With the help of generous donors and over 30,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted more than 250,000 wishes worldwide since inception.

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is recognized as one of the world’s foremost paediatric health-care institutions and is Canada’s leading centre dedicated to advancing children’s health through the integration of patient care, research and education. Founded in 1875 and affiliated with the University of Toronto, SickKids is one of Canada’s most research-intensive hospitals and has generated discoveries that have helped children globally. Its mission is to provide the best in complex and specialized family-centred care; pioneer scientific and clinical advancements; share expertise; foster an academic environment that nurtures health-care professionals; and champion an accessible, comprehensive and sustainable child health system. SickKids is proud of its vision of Healthier Children. A Better World.™

Ronald McDonald House Toronto

Ronald McDonald House Toronto (The House) provides a “home away from home” for seriously ill children and their families to heal better together. The House strives to provide a sense of normalcy for children and families during a chaotic and traumatic time. The House is somewhere families can go about their regular routines – doing laundry, walking their kids to school, eating dinner as a family – as much as possible. The House offers an atmosphere of compassion and understanding in a stressful and often frightening time.

The House offers 28 comfortably furnished family bedrooms, each with a private bathroom, a warm and inviting kitchen and dining area, common family room, playroom and free laundry facilities.

Seniors

Alzheimer Society of Dufferin County

The Alzheimer Society of Dufferin County, was established in 1999 and is one of 38 chapters across Ontario.  Behind every person with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, there are hundreds of people dedicated to helping. The Alzheimer Society is the leading not-for-profit health organization working nationwide to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias and advance the search for the cause and cure. We are located in every province across Canada and in over 140 local communities. We are dedicated to providing help for people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias and their caregivers.

Alzheimer Society of Toronto 

The role of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto is to offer support, information and education to people with dementia, their families and their caregivers, to increase public awareness of dementia, to promote research, and to advocate for services that respect the dignity of the individual.

 

Indigenous Communities

Anduhyaun

During the 1960’s there was a big push in the movement of understanding the abuses that women face, and it was clear that more support for women was needed. In 1968 the Ministry of Indian Affairs and the YWCA opened a hostel in Toronto to support Indigenous women, who were among the least recognized in society and facing multiple levels of abuse and oppression. A group of Indigenous women proposed that this hostel should also be managed by Indigenous women and this proposal became a reality. In 1973 a not-for-profit, charitable agency was created, known as Anduhyaun Incorporated, and the hostel became a place of support.

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) stands as one of the most significant expressions of urban aboriginality. We are proud to be a leader in the field of Native human services in Canada. NCFST is a Children’s Aid Society under the Child and Family Services Act. As such we have a mandate to protect children from all forms of maltreatment and to provide residential care for those children who need it.

Native Canadian Centre of Toronto

Since 1962 our purpose has been to deliver programs and services to urban Indigenous people. The strength and beauty of our people lays in our ability and willingness to share with one another as well as with our non-Indigenous members and other interest groups. This is one of the fundamental values embodied in our distinctive culture.

Native Men's Residence (Na-me-res)

In 1985, Na-Me-Res began offering emergency shelter to Toronto-based Aboriginal men who were without a place to live. The 26-bed shelter grew quickly to accommodate the growing needs of the community and as a greater understanding of the underlying reasons for Aboriginal homelessness emerged, Na-Me-Res implemented support programs to address those causes.

Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto

The Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto (NWRCT) provides a safe and welcoming environment for all Aboriginal women and their children in the Greater Toronto Area. Our programs fall under six broad categories: Housing, Families, Advocacy, Employment, Education, and Youth. We also host a variety of Cultural Activities for our clients and the general public, including the annual Minaake Awards, Sisters in Spirit Vigil, and Winter Solstice. The NWRCT is a registered charity funded by government programs as well as public and private donations. We honour the vision of our founders as we support urban Aboriginal women and children from all walks of life. We build self-sufficiency and develop collective capacity to make positive change. We provide individual support, group programming, and cultural initiatives.

Survivors of violence against women

YWCA Toronto

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity focused on community support and development. Our aim is to provide every individual in our community with opportunities for personal growth, community involvement, and leadership. By making connections, collaborating, and mirroring our region’s diversity, we believe we can become the network that binds our many neighbourhoods into one city, one country, and one world.