Neighbours in Need is a small business initiative, locally organized by JustB Salon and BSIDE Beauty to support the growing number of individuals and organizations negatively affected by the pandemic. We encourage financial or physical donations and promote the various ways businesses and individuals can support vital social programs, essential services and local charities that serve those most vulnerable in our community.

The resilience of our city and country will be shown in our ability to come together and make it through this pandemic as one unified collective of people. Neighbours in Need is a local resource centre to help you find ways to give back to the community, collaborate with organizations, individuals, or businesses and find meaningful ways you can engage with the charities that matter most in your community.

Dixon Hall

Bring the joy of music to kids by supporting the Kids Music Programs for underprivileged children at Dixon Hall Music School. Dixon Hall has built a strong reputation as a music school that provides a cultural lifeline to families from all walks of life - among many other services.

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About Dixon Hall

Dixon Hall has been providing lessons to thousands of children in the Regent Park, Moss Park and St. Lawrence neighbourhoods since 1978. They offer comprehensive music programs that see students through all stages and ages of their musical and personal development. Their programs and dedicated staff have a significant impact on youth by helping to increase their self-esteem and confidence with the resources and inspiration to help them expand their worlds and realize their true potential.

Dixon Hall is also known for their housing services, children & youth programs, employment services and programs for seniors. Here is how you can help:

1. Make a one time donation
2. Give monthly
3. Host an event
4. Attend their annual fundraising gala
5. Donate a car



East End Arts

East End Arts serves the east end of Toronto and provides support to emerging and established local artists, networks community and artistic interests - while creating new arts programming for people of all ages and backgrounds.

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About East End Arts

Your support of East End Arts helps to provide inclusive and accessible summer arts programming for youth, professional development camps for local artists, and supports new public art installations and murals. Here is how you can help:

1. Pay for a new art easel and for one community member to attend one workshop at no cost to them
2. Cover the cost of an artist to attend a professional development camp to improve their skills
3. Support with cleaning and restoration costs of east end street murals
4. Help purchase supplies for a multidisciplinary arts workshop
5. Pay for an ASL translator to attend an art event and workshop to ensure participation for all
6. Cover the cost of an artist to run a multi-week workshop and art experience
7. Support by volunteering or becoming a partner


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East End Children’s Centre (EECC)

East End Children’s Centre is a non-profit organization operating two EarlyON Child and Family Centres. They support children 0-6, their families and caregivers by providing free programs and a safe space where parents and caregivers can spend time with their children.

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About East End Children’s Centre (EECC)

East End Children’s Centre (EECC) offers free programs to parents/caregivers and their children. Both of their facilities welcome all families to participate in quality programs that help strengthen adult-child relationships, support parent education and foster healthy child development. Families attending their programs also have access to qualified professionals to provide advice, make personal connections, and access resources – including developmental checklists for young children + support with children under 4 in need of support or assessments for speech and language, development and behaviour.

You can support by:
1. Making a financial donation
2. Donating toys in good condition
3. Donating flour, salt, cream of tartar, vegetable oil and food colouring for playdough


Habitat for Humanity

Founded in 1988, Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit housing organization that believes everyone deserves a safe and decent place to live. They mobilize communities to help working, lower income families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.

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About Habitat for Humanity

If you’re moving or downsizing, planning a home or office renovation, or decluttering and renewing, you might want to pay Habitat ReStore a visit. Habitat ReStore sells new and used donated home furnishings, appliances, and renovation materials to the public at a fraction of the original price. They collect donations from the community, and the proceeds from sales help cover the cost to build Habitat homes.

Instead of tossing your unwanted household items, donate them to Habitat ReStore and do something good for your community and the environment. When you donate items to ReStore, you are helping Habitat for Humanity GTA achieve its mission to build safe, decent homes for working, lower-income families, through our unique affordable homeownership program.

Choose one of many ways to give back:
1. Drop off your donations at any ReStore location
2. Schedule a free pick-up
3. Book a home or office deconstruction
4. Give a cash donation to support
5. Volunteer
6. Host a fundraising event


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Margaret’s works with members in the east end community experiencing a psychiatric, emotional, psychosocial, or situational crisis requiring immediate short-term intervention. They provide crisis intervention services that prevent escalation and the need for unnecessary hospitalizations.

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About Margaret’s

Margaret’s is an entry point to assist at-risk individuals through proper assessments and referrals, helping people secure the appropriate community resources for their individual needs. Margaret’s Crisis Intervention offers a warm line 24/7 – providing information and referral support, crisis beds and short-term crisis management to address a variety of issues including (but not limited to) housing, income, parenting and legal concerns. They also provide food, clothing, and shoe security programs – along with access to psychiatric clinics.

You can help by:
1. Volunteering
2. Partnering
3. Donating
4. Fundraising


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Red Door Family Shelter

Red Door Family Shelter is a non-profit registered charity serving the GTA and providing emergency shelter and support for: women and children fleeing from and affected by domestic abuse, families experiencing a housing crisis, and refugee claimants with nowhere else to turn.

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About Red Door Family Shelter

Services provided by Red Door Family Shelter reduce the impact of homelessness by providing safe and supportive shelter with caring and dedicated teams that help hundreds of families each year. There are many ways you can help:

1. Make a monetary donation and dedicate it to someone

2. Donate a gift package. Items needed:

  • New, unused winter accessories – hats, scarfs, gloves (all ages, size and gender)
  • Gift cards for Tim Hortons, Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, etc.
  • New children’s gifts, ages 6-12, for girls and boys

3. Create a fundraising event or volunteer at an event

4. Volunteer at the shelter to provide support to many of our programs and services, including:

  • Children’s Programs
  • Homework Club
  • Food Bank
  • Donation Room
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • Yoga, Meditation and Fitness
  • Special Events



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South Riverdale Community Health Centre

South Riverdale Community Health Centre is a non-profit, multi-service organization that provides primary healthcare, social and community outreach services with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention primarily to people of East Toronto.

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About South Riverdale Community Health Centre

South Riverdale Community Health Centre improves the local community in many ways, including:
• Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use
• Overdose prevention initiative in Moss Park
• Assisted bike repair
• Outreach clinic – for people who have difficulty accessing health and social services because of drug use, homelessness and/or mental health problems
• Social work support -Social workers provide counselling, case management and advocacy (both systemic and individual) to registered clients in our service area
• Grief and loss education project -This is a program for women who are past and/or current drug users and who have had children apprehended by the Children’s Aid Society

To help this organization continue to support your community, you can:
1. Make a one time or monthly donation
2. Volunteer
3. Become a member
4. Donate old or new phones and chargers to help SRCHC serve their clients to attend medical appointments, receive COVID test results, access group based programs and resources and connect with loved ones


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Toronto Pflag

Toronto Pflag - provides opportunities for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of all human beings, and promotes the health and well-being of LGBTQ2S+ people by helping keep families together through support and education.

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About Toronto Pflag

As the regional branch of Pflag Canada, Toronto Pflag is a volunteer-run registered charity based in the east end of the city. Toronto Pflag holds monthly support meetings across the city, offers a support phone line, hosts educational workshops for businesses to create more inclusive workplaces and carries out free school presentations for Grades 2 to 12.

Toronto Pflag manages a lending library and organizes regular social and wellbeing community events, including events specific for parents, such as Dads Night Out. Their programs help parents be the support their children deserve and provide much-needed professional help during the “coming out” process, which can be long and painful for some families. Donations and community support provide the funding and assistance to help families today and give them hope for a better tomorrow.

Here is how you can support this organization:
1. Donate
2. Volunteer at a Pride Toronto PFlag activation
3. Participate in a school or workplace workshop
4. Be a translator to help serve more individuals
5. Sponsor Pflag or a specific event
6. Use your skills for a volunteer role (graphic designer, fundraiser, special event assistant, and more!)


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WoodGreen is one of the largest social service agencies in Toronto, their Meals on Wheels program delivers hot and frozen meals to seniors and adults living with a disability. Volunteers also provide security and wellness checks and help individuals access other community-based services.

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About WoodGreen

Meals on Wheels is one of the many programs at WoodGreen. Located in the east end of the city with over 80 years of community support, WoodGreen helps people find safe affordable housing, seniors live independently, parents access childcare, children and youth access after-school programs, homeless and marginalized people get off the streets, youth find meaningful employment and training and provide a wide range of mental health supports.

This program services those who are frail, homeless, have cognitive issues, or are isolated in their homes, now at higher risk due to the pandemic. Meals on Wheels is not just a meal delivery program, it is a lifeline to many in our community. There are two great ways you can give back:

1. Get involved as an individual or corporate volunteer
2. Make a one-time or monthly donation (select designation “Community Care – The Difference Makers Campaign” from the drop down menu or write in “Meals On Wheels” in the comments section to ensure your donation is allocated to this program). You can also make a donation over the phone by calling: 416.645-6000, ext. 4001


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Give the Give of Love

From February 1 to 28 donated non-perishable food items, unused winter clothing, and old cell phones with chargers at the following locations:

Avling: Monday-Sunday 11AM-8PM
BSIDE Beauty: Wednesday-Saturday 12PM-4PM
Eadrey Fine Foods: Tuesday-Friday 12PM-6PM
Good Neighbour: Monday-Saturday 10AM-5PM & Sunday 11AM-5PM
Raise the Root: Tuesday-Sunday 10AM-6PM
The VandenBerg House: Monday-Sunday 10AM-4PM
Urban Bulk: Monday-Friday 10AM-6:30PM & Sunday 11AM-6PM

Get in touch.

For inquiries regarding collaborations and giveback initiatives, please contact Rom Diaz at

For all other inquiries, please contact Dominic Cobran, Manager, Leslieville BIA,

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