Support a community garden by donating seeds/plants or volunteering to maintain the garden during the growing season. Call the Peterborough Community Garden Network at 705-745-3238, ext. 209
Become a Big Brother or Big Sister via the agency’s traditional match programs or the in-school mentoring program. 705-743-6100
Volunteer your time and expertise as a board member for a not-for-profit or charitable community service provider.
Provide educational, co-operative training opportunities in your business (through the local school boards and the Workforce Development Board). www.wdb.ca or call 705-749-3250.
Go out of your way to help someone with information, a referral or a lead about a job or training opportunity.
Volunteer, and encourage your children to volunteer, at their school as a mentor or breakfast server.
Aim to recruit volunteers from various income levels to committees and clubs so members can learn from each other.
Get involved with programs at Community Opportunity and Innovation Network to build small local social enterprises. www.coin-ced.org or call 705-743-0238.
Participate in gleaning trips to local farms to gather produce. Call 705-749-9977 to find out when the next bus is heading to the country.
Mentor newcomers via programs offered by the New Canadians’ Centre. 705-743-0882.
Help recent high school graduates research and access scholarships and bursaries to reduce their debtloads during college or university.
Assist any of the emergency food banks in Peterborough County: Havelock Town Hall, 705-778-1204; St. John’s Anglican Church in Lakefield, 705-652-8302; Old Millbrook School, 705-932-7066; Norwood Town Hall, 705-639-5846; Apsley site, 705-656-1748.
Set up a low-cost meeting of people with similar interests – music, art or other hobbies – for a regular evening of socializing.
Teach a person with limited computer experience how to use e-mail and the Internet via free sites like Hotmail or Gmail.
Stay in touch with elderly or shut-in neighbours to see if they require company or other assistance.