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Travelweek’s clothing drive benefits charitable organizations in downtown Toronto

TORONTO — More and more travel companies are giving back on every level, from worldwide environmental causes to regional and community outreach.

In addition to our work in the Caribbean with the Yellowbird Foundation, Travelweek is also focusing on neighbourhoods right at our doorstep in downtown Toronto.

Over the past few months Travelweek ran a clothing drive to donate to both the Good Shepherd Ministries, based at 412 Queen St. East, and the YWCA.

Travelweeks-clothing-drive-benefits-charitable-organizations-in-downtown-Toronto-3The Good Shepherd provides daily meals to men and women (it’s the largest free meal program in Toronto) as well as shelter (with 95 beds) and clothing for men 365 days a year. Each morning the centre donates men’s clothing from 9 to 11 a.m. Travelweek was eager to help make a difference in the community, by contributing to the Good Shepherd’s clothing room, especially as the weather gets colder.

Travelweek also collected a variety of items and donated them to YWCA Toronto’s women’s shelter at 87 Elm St. The team dropped off numerous boxes and bags of items in high demand including toiletries, new clothes, purses, and gift cards. Upon arrival, the Travelweek team was introduced to the YWCA’s great facility run by the warm and dedicated staff and volunteers.

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YWCA represents ‘A Turning Point For Women’, and it was a pleasure to be a small part in contributing to the future lives of women and girls.

There are so many people in need, especially over the holidays, and there is no shortage of multi-service organizations such as YWCA and the Good Shepherd. Other unique group volunteer opportunities at various YWCA locations include mentoring (in financial literacy, resume writing, networking, etc.), beautification projects (gardening, painting, transforming a space), and food services. Let the volunteer inspiration begin!