Giving Back

Recently, I had the exhilarating opportunity to volunteer my time to a worthwhile cause. I joined about a dozen other professional organizers from the Toronto chapter of Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) in a full day session of unpacking, sorting, and hanging new and gently used donated clothing items at New Circles’ spacious new facility in North York.

New Circles is a non-profit agency that has been in operation since 2005. The organization started small with only 2 volunteers, but quickly expanded to fill the service needs of more and more newcomer families in the Flemingdon Park area facing complex social and economic challenges.

Currently, the agency serves between 100-120 people each day or 150 families per week. That’s an overall population of 60,000 people.

You can imagine that with clients in such great numbers relying on their services, a large space is required to store and process donated clothing and accessories. The agency’s bright, freshly renovated warehouse space located at 161 Bartley Drive fits the bill beautifully and is ready to open it’s doors to both clients relying on services and volunteers who support them.

Each day, between 10-12 racks of clothing are distributed, so donations are replenished often.

Remember that little black dress you bought last year but just never ended up wearing? Or how about those snowpants your son grew out of after a month? Items like these would benefit a client of New Circles.

For more information about the agency and their current requirements, please visit

donations waiting to be unpacked and sorted
donations waiting to be unpacked and sorted
sorting items into categories
sorting items into categories
sorted, categorized, hung up and waiting for recipients
sorted, categorized, hanging and ready for distribution