Our mission is to enable and inspire individuals to reach their greatest potential. Our goal is to empower them to be the author of their own story.
We are a no-frills operation run entirely by volunteers with minimal overhead expenses that is privately funded. You can rest assured that 100% of the public’s generous donation to The Local Charity goes directly towards the program.
Whether your contribution is monetary, a labor of love, spiritual support, or in any other form, thank you for taking the time to learn more about us.
Our charity registration number is 80828 4442 RR 0001.
Meet our team at The Local Charity.
Laney Chan, Founder + Managing Director
I was inspired to start The Local Charity after having gone through many trials in my own life. Having experienced abuse and being estranged from my father, I can relate to those who have experienced despair and hopelessness. The journey has taught me how to be strong, how to be independent, how to forgive, and how to love.
I am also a single mother to an amazing boy, and the journey has been challenging, and it has given me perspective on what it takes to overcome rough patches in life. I hope to contribute and inspire the folks I cross paths with towards living their best lives.
My parents have both exemplified qualities that contributed to my charity work. My mother modelled benevolence, and I’ve learned to be kind and grateful from her (I also acquired her sense of humour 😉 ). As an illegal immigrant, my father persevered through adversity and built an empire; I got my curiosity, strength, and entrepreneurial spirit from him.
For me, charity can be so impactful. The effort put in goes a long way in helping to improve lives. It’s often easy, usually inconvenient, but always necessary.
Muneeb Syed, IT Manager
Profile coming soon…
Gabriela Morillo, Jr. Project Manager
I was born in London, Ontario, and have spent the majority of my life outside of Canada. Between living in Colombia and Texas, I have seen the immense positive impact compassionate and dedicated people can have on their communities. Which is why I am passionate about making sure the work I do brings compassion and dignity to those it reaches.
After moving back to Canada I decided to pursue a degree in Business Administration and have completed a certificate in Project Management. Beyond my academic endeavours, I seek to give back to the city that has become my new home, Toronto. The Local Charity enhances access to the necessary tools and skills for people in the community, and I am fortunate to be involved in allowing individual’s achieve their goals.
2017 Volleyball Tournament Fundraiser
Thank you to everyone that came out for a fun day of volleyball at Ashbridges Bay Park to raise funds in support of launching a much needed computer program for youth, families, and women’s homeless shelters within under-served communities in the Greater Toronto Area!
Cook With Love 2011
Summer Edition of Cook With Love, special thank you from our sponsor Baskin Robins (Eaton Centre location) for providing the ice cream!
Our first ever charity gala, with guest performances from Nadia Hosko and Kelly Abbass. Special thanks to our sponsors, including DavidsTea, Exotic Flowers & Gifts, goodboy, Play N Trade, Secret Floral Collection, Sky Professional Makeup Team, and all our friends and family that came out to support the cause!
St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser
Our amazing volunteers collecting donations during St. Patrick’s Day Parade – selling fun novelty items! A crucial fundraiser for The Local Charity!
Cook With Love 2010
A special edition of Cook With Love from our friend Burrito Loco.
Double Block Poverty
Hope everyone had a great time and enjoyed themselves during this Indoor Beach Volleyball Tournament Fundraiser. Congratulations to Flying Tornadoes, our Champion team!
Cook With Love 2009
Our second Cook With Love Event was another huge success!
Cook With Love 2008
Inaugural Cook With Love Event, during Stand Up Against Poverty Weekend October 18 & 19, 2008. With over 40 volunteers helping out, we prepared over 200 meals for The Red Door Family Shelter, Eva’s Initiatives, and Youths Without Shelter.