Partnering and Volunteering for Refugee Causes

CultureLink works closely with our community partners and volunteers to create the best possible settlement strategies and resources for refugee families as well as the communities who embrace them. If you have ideas and resources to collaborate with CultureLink for refugee causes, please contact Abdi at 416 588 6288 ext. 228.

Renewed Computer technology logoRenewed Computer Technology (RCT) is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that empowers learners, educators and not-for-profit organizations with increased access to information and communications technology (ICT), skill development and learning opportunities, in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. Culturelink works with RCT and other community and corporation donors to meet refugees’ basic needs for computers.

The Arab Community Centre of Toronto (ACCT) is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious organization that aims to help all newcomers to Canada, especially Arabs, and to provide a friendly place to socialize and reach services and opportunities. The ACCT understands the challenges that newcomers face. At the ACCT, they provide information and assistance to guarantee the success of individuals and families in Canada. They also provide a focal point for access to various services, including (but not limited to), employment, immigration, and settlement services.

The Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT) is a non-profit, founded by several Toronto doctors, lawyers and social service professionals, many of whom were associated with Amnesty International. They had begun to see survivors of torture in their practices as early as 1977. Many of the survivors were in the process of claiming refugee status in Canada. The doctors saw the need for specialized counseling for the social and legal problems faced by these clients. Lawyers, social workers and community groups saw clients who were survivors of torture, and in need of treatment by doctors and other health professionals. The CCVT was incorporated in 1983 as the Canadian Centre for the Investigation and Prevention of Torture. The name was changed in 1988 to better reflect the Centre’s mandate. The Centre was the second such facility in the world to be established. The first was in Copenhagen in 1982. In 2003, CCVT was accredited to the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT).

Volunteer with us to befriend a refugee family and help orient them, please sign up here (if you are not a current volunteer with CultureLink’s Mentorship Program, you need to create an online volunteer account with us following this link. This is a formal volunteer registration process and it will take you 5-10 minutes to complete the form). If you already have a volunteer account with the Mentorship Program, please log in and select activities that geared towards refugees. Should you encounter any problem signing in, please contact Tanya at 416-588-6288 ext.210 for help.