Volunteer with Us

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Children's Foundation! To help us find the best fit for you as a volunteer, please fill out and submit our information form. If you are interested in a current volunteer opportunity as listed below, please follow the instructions for that specific posting.

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Ribfest Volunteers



August 24, 25, 26 and 27, 2017

Riverside Park

Ribfest is an annual event hosted by the Rotary Club of Guelph, this year Ribfest celebrates its 20th Anniversary! The festivities will also include a kickoff concert on Thursday, August 24th. The opening act will start at 6 p.m.The headline band will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The park will be open from 5 p.m. with food and beverages available for the evening. 

Ribfest has been voted Guelph's best outdoor event and, and the support of hundreds of volunteer combine to make this event possible. To find out all the details of Ribfest visit their website here http://www.ribfestguelph.com/

The Children's Foundation supports Ribfest buy recruiting volunteers to run the pop tent. This opportunity will allow you to use your communication skills, and enjoy a day, afternoon or evening talking with the hundreds of people who will attend the festival. On top of Ribfest being a fun event all of the proceeds raised at the drink tent will come directly back into the programs offered by the Children's Foundation.  

To Sign Up:

The Ribfest Volunteer does have a minimum time commitment . Volunteer shifts can can be 3 to 5 hours in length. 

Volunteers will assist with:

  • Selling pop, juice and water bottles at the Ribfest Event.

Volunteers will recieve an email asking them to indicate what shift they would like to sign up for and will recieve a confirmation email detailing their shift timing and details. 

We are grateful for your help and support. Together, we are building brighter futures. Thank you!


Adopt-A-Family Volunteers


 An Adopt-A-Family Volunteer works closely with the Foundation’s Volunteer Coordinator, Brenda Walsh, and the Adopt-A-Family Volunteer Leaders to aid in the preparation and facilitation of this awesome program. Volunteers are vital to the success of this program and the Volunteer Coordinator is dedicated to providing administrative and strategic support to all of the volunteers.

This Program has several Volunteer areas:

  • Jack and Jill of all Trades
  • Administrative Assistants 
  • Reviewers
  • Editors
  • Matchers
  • Outreach Support
  • Greeters
  • Sorters
  • Santa's Store
  • Gift Wrappers
  • Shoppers
  • Tax Record Keeping 

To Sign Up:

The Adopt-A-Family Program time commitment varies with role.

Volunteers will assist with:

  • The organization and facilitation of the Adopt-A-Family program.

Volunteers will recieve an email inviting them to schedule a volunteer interview with us, at this interview we can discuss specific interest, skills and time availability. 

We are grateful for your help and support. Together, we are building brighter futures. Thank you!


Food & Friends Program Volunteers



With Food & Friends, your efforts make a difference in the lives of local children. As a volunteer, there are many opportunities for training and growth.

Volunteers are currently needed in the following areas:

  • Guelph
  • Fergus
  • Mount Forest
  • Orangville

Management of volunteers: recruitment, training, scheduling and recognition

Administration: records and files, budgeting and fundraising

Food supply and service: menu planning, grocery shopping, food preparation

To volunteer for Food & Friends please fill in our Volunteer Application Form (PDF) and submit by mail, fax  or email:

The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington
87 Waterloo Avenue
Guelph, ON
N1H 3H6

Email: volunteer@childrensfoundation.org

Fax: 519-766-4870

We are grateful for your help and support. Together we are bringing healthy food to hungry minds. Thank You!



Office Support Volunteers 

Office volunteers


Another opportunity for training and growth is our Office Support volunteer position.  Use your current administartive skills and learn new skills by becoming involved in the behind the scenes work at the Childrens Foundation.  

General office administration: answering phones, greeting guests, taking messages, assisting with mail outs, and office organization.

Use of basic computer skills: data entry, use of Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook.

Event preparation:  preparation for Children's Foundation and 3rd party events.  Decor, tracking and facilitation tools, and any last minute odd jobs.

We are grateful for your help and support. Together, we are building brighter futures. Thank you!

To volunteer for The Children's Foundation please fill in our Volunteer form and submit by mail, fax or email:

The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington
87 Waterloo Avenue
Guelph, ON
N1H 3H6

Email: brenda@childrensfoundation.org

Fax: 519-766-4870