Community Action

Out of the Cold Volunteer Registration is Open

The 23rd season of the Beth Sholom/Beth Tzedec Out of the Cold Shelter will operate on Monday nights from January 15 through April 1, 2024. We provide a hot meal, clothing, entertainment, an art program and BINGO for 150 of Toronto’s homeless and needy people in our community. We also offer a bagged lunch and a one time TTC pass each week.

For volunteer information and registration, click here>>

The distribution of warm clothing is one of the most essential services we provide to our guests. We greatly appreciate your clothing donations. Please note that we only accept new or nearly-new adult-sized items, and only the following items: down coats, ski jackets, parkas, snow pants, sweaters, hoodies, sweatshirts, sweat pants, flannel shirts, short and long-sleeved t-shirts, blue jeans, corduroy pants, winter boots, hiking boots, running shoes, thermal underwear, gloves and mitts. Brand new underwear and sports bras are needed as well. Clothing can be dropped off at Beth Sholom Synagogue anytime from Monday to Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 

Looking for an interesting group mitzvah project?

Are you looking for a group or a corporate volunteer activity that will support the 175 individuals OOTC supports each week?We are excited to announce that we have partnered with The Bargains Group to make an even bigger impact on the local community! The Bargains Group is an award-winning wholesaler with bargain prices, that offers donations to non-profits with every purchase, as well as their signature Kits for a Cause program.

If you plan on donating items to Out of the Cold, please consider calling The Bargains Group, because they'll not only stretch your dollar, to increase your budget, but they'll also provide us with donations! For example: You buy a case of socks to donate—we receive additional donations! Contact Maureen Tanz through the Synagogue office at 416-781-3511 for details.

Additionally, The Bargain Group’s Kits for a Cause program offers groups the opportunity to purchase Winter Warmth Kits or Hygiene Kits for distribution through OOTC. It is a great team-building exercise for companies, and a way to give back to the community. Interested in learning more? Check out Kits for a Cause or contact their team at or 416-785-5655.