Due to the reality of COVID-19, Romero House has limited in-person volunteer activities to fully vaccinated people. There remain some virtual options (ESL conversation practice, resume building support, remote interpretation and translation etc). Please be aware of this as you consider applying as a volunteer.

The spirit of volunteerism

is at the heart of Romero House. We depend on the generosity of our neighbours and other volunteers to sustain our work. There are many volunteer opportunities that allow you to bring your gifts to participate in welcoming refugees.

Check out our current volunteer needs. We do not accept general volunteer applications.

Are you willing to host a refugee family in your home?

The Toronto shelter system is under significant pressure as the physical distancing requirements of COVID-19 have limited capacity. To make sure that the refugee families showing up at our centre have a safe place to stay, we are looking for community hosts to temporarily host families until a more permanent space is found. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a community host, please fill out and send this application form to info@romerohouse.org

Ongoing volunteer opportunities

Heavy lifting

Help out with gardening, maintenance, cleaning, apartment prep or bicycle maintenance

Community Events

We always need support for the various parties, events and liturgies that we put on

Office support

Be a receptionist or a support volunteer for immigration settlement work

Translation + Interpretation

Offer in-person or phone interpretation or translate documents. Spanish, Arabic, Tigrinya + needed

Community Programs

Support our kids club, women’s group, food hamper program or clothing boutique.

English Conversation + Tutoring

Practice English with residence or offer some tutoring help for kids and teens

Employment Support

Be a mentor to a refugee looking to work in their profession or help with resume building


Look after children during Romero House events to enable participation from parents

Community Host Program

Offer the guest room into your house for a newly arrived family awaiting a shelter spot