Goodbye Winter Online Auction Has Ended and was a Huge Success!


Volunteer Markham’s Goodbye Winter Auction is now over.  Warm wishes and great appreciation to everyone who supported us in this event.  With your support we successfully surpassed our goal and made many new friends. 

Reach out, stay connected and let’s continue to build our communities together.



    • Interior design consultation
    • Arts courses for kids and adults
    • Income tax personal return preparation
    • Technology/computer networking/telecom related consultations
    • LinkedIn tips and advice
    • Financial Plan / Estate Plan Review
    • Graphic design consultation

Education and Career Planning

    • Resume and cover letter preparation
    • Tutoring
    • Career and Education Planning
  • Art
    •  Photographs
    • Artwork
    • Cartoon style computer caricature
  • Sports

    • Kayaking experience
    • Paddling Experience (SUP, OC1, OC2)
    • Gym membership
    • Tennis membership
    • Yoga classes on Zoom
    • Personal Trainer


    • Heated gloves
    • Lap quilt
    • Hair accessories
    • Hand knit baby blankets 
  • Food and spirits
    • Wine
    • Pet food
    • Dental basket
    • Hemp superfoods
    • Beer


    • Orthodontic procedures ($2,500 off)
    • Dental whitening
    • Electric toothbrush
    • Dental care pack
  • Gift cards
    • Canadian Tire
    • Apple iTunes
    • Keg Restaurants
    • Amazon
    • TLC Pet Food
    • Walmart


    • Lego sets
    • Jewellery
    • Crystal Wine Glasses

Volunteer Drivers and Translators Needed as COVID Vaccines Roll Out to our Community.

As Ontario continues to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine for the general public, the primary focus remains on our most vulnerable population here in York Region. As we continue to be able to get more of our community vaccinated, the need for volunteer drivers also continues.  We are also helping book appointments. PinkCars is now looking for volunteer translators to ease the process for our residents.

Pink Cars, in collaboration with Volunteer Markham, is pleased to launch an online portal for seniors who require transportation in order to get vaccinated. Pink Cars will arrange transportation by connecting the senior with a volunteer driver. The service will also help seniors schedule their vaccination appointment if necessary.

Those interested in volunteering can apply via the Pink Cars website (URL below). Volunteer Drivers will need to submit an application form and copies of the following documents:

  • Driver’s license – with a minimum
    of five years of driving experience
  • Car insurance document
  • Vulnerable Sector Check – please
    contact Pink Cars prior to applying for this

Shanta Sunderland, Pink Cars Founder, stated her passion
is driven by “Working With the Community, For the Community”.  Mirja Raita, Executive Director of Volunteer
Markham, couldn’t agree more that any barriers to receiving vaccinations should
be addressed immediately.   Shanta has
been on the forefront of Covid-19 community response leading hundreds of
volunteers to support all residents.

Thank you for your consideration! 

Visit PinkCars.ca

Media Contact:
Mirja Raita
Executive Director

Volunteer Markham’s Online Auction Has Ended. Thank you to all our supporters for making this event such a success!

For over 40 years, Volunteer Markham (VM) has been assisting our community through volunteerism. The COVID pandemic has negatively impacted our funding while increasing the essential work we are doing to help our community deal with the crisis. VM recently held it’s first ever fundraising event, our online auction, from March 24 to 28. We are so excited to have built our family, gain new friends and supporters and surpassed our goal!

Individuals and businesses helped by providing goods, services or gift cards for our auction. The donations received speaks to the value and recognition of volunteers and encouraged others to consider giving and supporting. Cash donations were also made to our charity during this time.

VM is actively supporting the community during the COVID pandemic. We have partnered with the United Way and other GTA volunteer centres in a “COVID Recovery Initiative”, we launched new programs and services, created valuable resources and collaborated with grass roots groups. This includes sourcing volunteers to support essential services including:

  • screened volunteer drivers to deliver essential services and transport vulnerable people
  • helping address food insecurity through the Food Banks in York Region
  • providing supports to seniors’ centres
  • helping the health care sector
  • helping seniors reach their vaccine appointments through the “PinkCars” initiative

Thank you for helping us to continue to provide this important support at such a critical time.

Reach out, stay connected, together we will recover!

Click here to give a cash donation

Media Contact:
Mirja Raita
Executive Director

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Rock the World


How Collaborations can “Rock the World”

On July 21, Change the World Markham (CTW Markham) led an event called Rock the World in collaboration with non-profit organizations: The Giving Tree Unionville, New Steps 4 U, and funded by Taking IT Global. This youth inspired event was a great success! Volunteers and  Families came together and painted inspirational messages on rocks. The finished rocks are displayed around the Tree of Hope on Main St. Unionville. This event was a great way to get creative, inspire others, and enjoy the summer weather! “Only by working together can we change the world!” said Jasmine from Volunteer Markham. Thank you to all who participated in creatively bringing inspiration and joy to our community!  Keep an eye out for these inspirational rocks left around Markham where youth have been “changing the world”.

30th Anniversary Planting


30th Anniversary Planting

The Organization 10,000 TREES will host a one day planting event in Markham. That same day Sunday, April 28th, 10,000 Trees will celebrate its 30th anniversary. This planting will, once again take place in Markham. This year’s site is located beside Robinson Creek, in a residential area at the south east corner of Stonebridge Drive and Major Mackenzie Rd. E, west of McCowan Rd. For more information check our website www.10000trees.com – get more information here: 30th Anniversary Planting or download flyer.




Wanting to give back during these times but unsure of what to expect?  Sign up for this free course online.

This course is a wonderful way to orientate any  volunteers including all residents,  newcomers and youth.  Essential tool to educate others in learning more about volunteering.  Please feel free to share!

Sign up at:  bit.ly/orientationtovolunteerism