Fun, free and easy ways to get active in your community in July! Eat Cadbury (really), volunteer at Pride, plug in at the Centre for Social Innovation, and more.

Eat Cadbury. Build bikes for kids in Ghana. Cadbury’s “Bicycle Factory” is building bikes for communities in Ghana, and you can help! A fast, sustainable, and empowering mode of transportation, bikes can totally change lives. Each UPC code (the number under the bar code) on each participating Cadbury package equals one virtual bike part, and once 100 virtual parts are assembled into a virtual bike, a real bike is built and sent to Ghana. Their mission is to send 5000. All you have to do is mow down on the good stuff. Check out the bicycle factory for more deets.

Volunteer at Pride. Pride is run almost entirely by volunteers. Weekend volunteers are only obligated to dedicate a minimum 4 hour shift to the event during the festival. Show up for an afternoon, don a volunteer t shirt and hang with some cool people at a party you were probably super stoked about anyway! Be a dyke march chant conductor, vehicle decorator, or greet people at the reading series. Pridetoronto.com

Learn how to be a self sufficient star at the Brickworks Market. Workshops, supported by The Home Depot, are one hour demonstrations by Evergreen staff that teach small home projects featuring green design, gardening solutions and home construction. In July, you can learn how to pimp your garden with compost tea, learn about chemical free controls, and controlling urban wildlife. For dates and times, go here.

Be an innovator for a day at the Centre for Social Innovation. The CSI is a shared workspace for social entrepreneurs in the city, from theatre companies to beer bloggers. You can rent a free workspace for the day to try your hand at doing whatever it is you’ve always wanted to do. From 9 – 5, you get access to a phone, internet and CSI programming. Apply at socialinnovation.ca . If you want to know more but aren’t quite ready to dive into a space, check out a free tour and info session on July 6th (215 Spadina Ave. Suite 400).

Be part of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Our craft community is so important, and so much fun. Help out at the TOA in Nathan Phillips Square July 9- 11th by  registering artists, setting up and striking down the festival, or being an info booth interpreter. Torontocraftalert.ca

~Kait Fowlie 

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