PACT Grow-to-Learn gardens provide community hubs for like-minded volunteers to get together, get their hands dirty, and support the community.
We offer paid internship opportunities and practicum placements for college/university students.
Volunteer in one of our Youth Programs and connect with youth from schools and community organizations in the GTA.
VOLUNTEER IN THE GARDEN
Volunteer at our David Wilson Memorial Garden at John Polanyi CI:
Student Volunteer Hours: Available for high school students on Tuesdays after-school from 3:30-5:30pm, and Thursdays after-school from 3:30-5:00pm. Tuesdays require students to sign up in advance, as we will be running a specialized cooking program. For more information, please visit the JPCI garden page.
Community Volunteer Day: Available to the community on Tuesdays from 9:30 am- 12:00 pm.
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Volunteer at our Accessibility Garden at Thistletown Collegiate Institute:
Student Volunteer Hours: Available for high school students on Wednesday drop-in from 10am-3pm.
Community Volunteer Day: Available to the community on Tuesdays from 10am-3pm.
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Corporate volunteer workdays and team building opportunities in our Grow-to-Learn Gardens.
Our organic school garden at John Polanyi CI (640 Lawrence Ave. W) is an abundant, 1.5 acre growing and teaching space that welcomes thousands of visitors each season.
Schools are invited for curriculum-learning workshops and field trips; thousands of pounds of organic produce is donated to local food banks; and low-income seniors and families are invited to exchange kitchen scraps for garden goods and a free meal during our weekly Garden Markets.
Opportunities Available (Download PDF Here)
Fun, Team Building Garden Work Day – Ideal for large groups
Host a Garden Market & Community Dinner – Up to 15 volunteers
Orchard Team Building Workday in our Elmbank JMS school garden in Rexdale
Student Placement FAQs
What types of student placements do you accept?
PACT can accommodate many levels of students including college, undergraduate, and post-grad students. We’ve had students working on their Masters degrees, teachers college placements, ECE students, and many others.
What types of opportunities do you offer?
At PACT, students can participate in youth mentoring in our Life & Job Skills programs or work in our organic school gardens as part of agriculture/horticulture/urban gardening studies or as student mentor.
How many hours can you provide?
October-April: Up to 15 hours/week during our evening & weekend skills development and mentoring programming
May-September: We can facilitate up to 40 hours/week in our school gardens and summer camp.
*All students/volunteers/interns must submit to a vulnerable sector background check.