Forest Hill fundraising walk is one of many ways non-profit group Ve’ahavta is fighting homelessnesss (Streeter)

Formerly homeless herself, Carolyne Masinde will be joining the Forest Hill contingent for The Coldest Night of the Year walk on Feb. 25, a Canada-wide fundraising event on behalf of those without homes. Masinde, a refugee from Uganda, landed in a shelter soon after arriving in Canada, where she didn’t know anyone. Though she was […]

An act of violence led this Toronto chef to want to feed the city this Valentine’s Day (The Star)

The idea to give out free soup and bagels to thousands of Torontonians on Valentine’s Day came to Marty Galin after he experienced two of the darkest days of his life. First, last spring, the comedian and former co-host of radio’s “Marty & Avrum: The Food Guys” was on his mobility scooter when he was […]

400 People Help Toronto Homeless (Foundation Magazine)

The results of the 4th Annual Ve’ahavta Project will have a tangible impact on people’s lives. Over three hours, volunteers made 225 blankets, baked 450 cookies, and packed 300 harm reduction kits, all of which will be distributed on the organization’s two outreach vans, which operate 7 nights a week, delivering hot meals, donated clothing, […]

Ve’ahavta’s outreach van program helps homeless population in North York, Scarborough and downtown Toronto (

For this single mother living at a Scarborough homeless shelter with two of her children, it’s been a tough year. “It’s very hard for me to stay focused,” said Jennifer (her name has been changed to protect her family’s privacy). “I have challenges with depression and very bad anxiety.” Jennifer said she ended up in […]

One-Day event mobilizes 400 people to help Toronto homeless (Parliament Street News)

Danny, a 13-year-old volunteer, sat at one of a handful of tables on the lower floor of Holy Blossom Temple, sandwiched between his father and older brother, cutting fringes into a large swath of felt that that the trio were transforming into a blanket for someone living on the street. “It’s really important for me […]

Ve’ahavta. A dynamic Jewish humanitarian and relief organization for all faiths. (CJN Online)

TORONTO. November 1/22 – Ve’ahavta is Canada’s only Jewish humanitarian and relief organization. Founded in 1996, it is dedicated to promoting positive change in the lives of people of all faiths and backgrounds who have been marginalized by poverty and hardship. Ve’ahavta mobilizes volunteers in meaningful, hands-on experiences to fulfill our collective responsibility to care […]

Digital Inclusion More Urgent Than Ever

New Ve’ahavta report reveals the unignorable impacts of the digital divide.  April 7, 2021 (Toronto, ON): Internet access and digital literacy have become critical necessities in order to fully participate in nearly every aspect of modern society. Evaluation of Impacts of Digital Access and Literacy, commissioned by Ve’ahavta, reveals the stark digital divide experienced by the GTA’s most […]

Single mother gives back to North York agency that turned her life around (

Olufunke Asemota and her daughter lived in a shelter after arriving in Canada in December 2018. The single mother, originally from Nigeria, said she was a refugee claimant who didn’t know anyone in Canada and had no family to turn to for help. But amid the “trauma (and) confusion,” she said, she met a friend […]

Prepaid VISA Cards Distributed to Homeless Population During COVID-19

Ve’ahavta, with the support of CIBC and several philanthropists, including Henry Wolfond – CEO of Bayshore Capital – launched an initiative to help provide emergency resources and support during COVID-19 to Toronto’s street homeless population. Credit cards are being given out nightly through Ve’ahavta’s outreach van program; providing individuals with much-needed funds to purchase food and other essentials. The […]

The factors influencing Toronto’s COVID-19 hot spots (CBC News)

The City of Toronto has released geographical data about the location of coronavirus cases, and many residents of one densely populated, lower-income hot spot say they are not surprised.  

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