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Society of Sharing: Inner-City Volunteers

c/o Monsignor Fraser College Isabella North Campus,

25 Linden Street, Room 208

M4Y 1V5 Toronto, Canada


Telephone: 416-413-0380

Fax: 416-413-4814

E-mail: info@societyofsharing.org


Charitable # 10799 0699 RR0001

The Society of Sharing: Inner-City Volunteers was incorporated as a non-profit charitable agency in 1981. The Society of Sharing was formed by the parishes of Pastoral Zone One in downtown Toronto, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and by various Catholic social agencies including Good Shepherd Refuge, St. Michael’s Hospital – Detox, Catholic Family Services, and the Council of Catholic Charities.  In that year volunteers were recruited and the Friendly Visiting Program was established to offer emotional support and friendship to lonely, isolated clients, including seniors and adults with disabilities.


Over the years we have enhanced our services.

  

  • Primary services now include friendly visiting, medical and shopping escorts, caregiver relief, telephone reassurance and medication reminders, and socialization program.


  • The Society of Sharing has outreach programs directed to all ethno-racial communities.

  

  • In 1987, the Society of Sharing partnered with Metro Toronto Housing Company to create the Seniors Tea and Talk Group at a downtown seniors’ residence.

  

  • With the help of an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant, a video titled Time to Share was produced in 1983 for training and recruiting volunteers.

  

  • To celebrate the first ten years of service in 1991, a special senior’s cookbook was compiled.

  

  • In 1996, the Society of Sharing moved to 10 St. Mary Street to provide a more central location for volunteers.


During the past 30 years the Society of Sharing has grown and carved out a clearly defined role in serving the community: an offer of emotional support and friendship.