Youth Without Shelter

Youth4Youth (Y4Y)

Join a growing network of youth who are committed to ending youth homelessness in their city by supporting one of our campaigns. You will be helping to meet the immediate needs of our resident youth while they work towards a brighter future.

We have a variety of options for schools, youth groups, clubs, sports teams, and individuals to volunteer with YWS and help raise awareness within our community about the issues surrounding youth homelessness.

Please note: In order to respect the privacy of our clients, we do not have onsite volunteer opportunities for youth in the same age range as our clients. (16-24 or younger) However, we offer opportunities specifically designed for youth to support other youth in their community.

How you can take action!

Grocery items packaged in blue reusable bags.
Create Food Care Packages
Hygiene care kit with letter attached.
Create Clothing or Hygiene Care Kits
3 pre teens smiling in a residential garage
Create Your Own Fundraiser
two young female entrepreneurs smile at the lens
Create Your Own Event

For a complete list of opportunities, please click here.

If you’re interested in facilitating a third party event, please complete the following form and submit to our Volunteer & Engagement Specialist at 

To help guide you on your fundraising journey, we have developed a Y4Y Third Party Toolkit to help you every step of the way!

What’s inside your Y4Y Third Party Toolkit?

  • Fundraising Event Ideas
  • 10 Steps to a Successful Fundraiser
  • Fundraising Guidelines
  • Tax Receipt Guide
  • Social Media Guide

We also provide you with a variety of Toolkit Resources to make sure your event will run smoothly and be as successful as possible! These resources include Logo Guidelines, Event Checklists, Sponsorship/Partnership Solicitation Letter examples, pledge forms, and much more

To get started and receive your Third Party Toolkit, please contact our YWS Volunteer and Engagement Specialist at or 416.748.0110 ext. 39

Don’t Forget: If you are in high school, all your hours can count toward your volunteer hours. Keep track of time spent and we will sign off on your hours when the project is complete.

Raising awareness is a key part of the solution to ending homelessness. Learn more about the stories behind the statistics and book a speaker to come out to your school to speak with your class. We can provide school wide speeches or workshops for up to 30 students. For more information or to book a speaker/workshop, contact our Community Engagement and Education Specialist at or 416.748.0110 x 62.


Thank you for choosing Youth Without Shelter for your Youth and Philanthropy Initiative project. We hope to make your experience learning about the charitable sector as rewarding and engaging as possible. YPI tours can be arranged by contacting us at

or call 416.748.0110 x 62.

Please note that we cannot accommodate tours on a drop in basis. Please call to book a tour well in advance of the date you wish to visit.

To help you create the best presentation for your assignment, please review the following important information and shelter policies:

  • For the security of our residents, we cannot allow photographs or videos to be taken of the shelter. Photos and a video will be provided to you for your assignment.
  • Please be on time for your scheduled tour. Groups that are late may be asked to reschedule for a later date.
  • Cancellations: If you need to reschedule your tour please send an email to 24 hours in advance.

YWS has adopted the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement.

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