Volunteer Roles


General Office and Administrative Volunteers

Volunteers help with general clerical duties such as filing, photocopying, as well as event planning and program related tasks. These volunteers typically contribute 3 hours (half day) per week in the Children’s Foundation office. This is a great opportunity for people who want to update their office skills, students who want to gain experience and strengthen their resumes and recent retirees who want to contribute their skills to a charitable organization.

Editing Volunteers

This is a “virtual” volunteer opportunity, so you can work from the comfort of your own home. Volunteers are contacted whenever a document needs to be edited for consistency and accuracy of spelling and grammar. They are given a time frame in which the editing needs to be completed. While there is a daily supply of documents that need attention, volunteers typically contribute around 2 hours weekly as their personal schedule permits. Not only are strong writing skills required, but also an ability to focus on detail and organization and to work independently with minimal supervision.

This is an ideal volunteer opportunity for students (with strong writing skills), those with unpredictable schedules and those who cannot come to the Foundation’s offices on a regular basis.

Events Volunteer

The Children’s Foundation hosts four annual events:

For all of these areas of volunteering, your commitment can be all day, part of the day or a single shift. Or you can choose to be involved in the preparation leading up to the event. Event volunteers work closely with the Outreach Coordinator to help in the organization and facilitation of these four awesome events. 




Third Party Events Volunteer

Some of the third party events that support the Children's Foundation on an annual basis include SOAR (Southern Ontario Amazing Race challenge), Inspiration (a kids-based performing arts celebration), Ribfest and the Canada Day Duck Races. Have a great idea for a fundraising event?  Plan and host a your own “third party” event!  No event is too big or too small.  If you don’t want to plan your own, there might be a third party event where you can volunteer to help someone else raise funds. 

Food & Friends Volunteer

 Volunteer positions are divided into four categories: 

Coordinators - are involved in running the program and performing tasks such as ordering the food. Coordinators are generally (but not limited to) school teachers and employees.

Helpers - are involved with food preparation, program attendance, serving and clean up.

Grocery shoppers - compile shopping lists depending on the planned menu, buy and store the food appropriately, and ensure that all receipts go to the administrators.

Administrators - manage the program’s paper work, such as tracking receipts, budgeting and fundraising.

The program runs from September to June with a 1 hour per week minimum time commitment. You can find out more about the Food & Friends program here: http://www.childrensfoundation.org/what-we-do/food-friends 

Adopt-A-Family Volunteer

The Adopt-A-Family volunteer positions are all full at this time.

Volunteer positions include: 

Editors – assist with electronic edits being made to family referrals and communicating withsocial workers and donors to ensure that they have all the information they need.

Matchers – assist with matching donors with appropriate families in need. The matching volunteers also help the Adopt-a-Family team deal with any special item requests or donations.

Greeters – the Greeters accept the incoming donations at the Adopt-A-Family site as they arrive. They are friendly and outgoing with a high attention to detail and they will love talking to new people. 

Accounting Assistant/Taxers –the accounting volunteers review tax forms, follow up with any discrepancies, and enter information into Donor Perfect (our donor management system).  They have a high attention to detail and are great with numbers.

Tech support –assist with any computer related issues and offer tech support to the Adopt-a-Family volunteers on an on-call basis. They are volunteers who have technical and computer-related skills. 

Checkers –check that the donations received meet the needs/wishes of the adopted family.

Filers- process the referral and donor paperwork, preparing for gift intake.

Office-Database Support –  help with uploading family referrals and donor sign-ups to the AAF database.

Packagers – prepare the family’s gifts for pick-up.

Distributers – welcome agency workers and assist them in picking up the gifts for their family(ies).

You can find more information about the Adopt-a-Family program here: http://www.childrensfoundation.org/what-we-do/adopt-a-family

Community Outreach: Sunshine Squad

Sunshine Squad members are experienced and specially trained ambassadors for the Children’s Foundation. They help with promotion of the Children’s Foundation by doing such things as running information booths and attending cheque presentations. Volunteers typically attend 2-3 events per month. Settings include schools, fairs, meetings, and miscellaneous events. Hours are primarily outside  of regular office hours; however, there may be some opportunities that happen Monday to Friday 9:00am—5:00pm. 

 This position provides valuable experience for Event Planning or Fundraising students and anyone with a passion for promoting healthy living for children in our community.

Committee Member

The Children’s Foundation has a number of Committees, some that lead our events and some that oversee our programs.  Committees work closely with the Foundation’s Staff and Board and are vital to the success of the event and program facilitation. Program committees provide direction and support to program operations. They are responsible for advising on community trends, issues and opportunities that affect the program, being ambassadors for the program in the community and ensuring the program remains aligned with the CFGW mission and strategic directions.

Committee volunteers will also aid in event planning and some of the following revenue generating tasks;

Event sponsorship;

Ticket Sales and Registration fees;

Prize donations for event auctions;

Raffle Ticket Sales;

Games and other Fundraising initiatives. 

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides governance, represents the Foundation in our community and accepts ultimate legal authority for the organization.  The Board works collaboratively with the Executive Director to achieve organizational goals set forth in the strategic plan.

If you are interested in any of our volunteer roles or a current volunteer opportunity listed on our "We Are Recruiting" page, please fill out a volunteer application and indicate your area of interest when filling out the volunteer application form.

You can 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

If you are interested in a current volunteer opportunity listed below, please indicate that when filling out the application form.

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

If you have any questions about volunteering, contact the Foundation's volunteer coordinator, Brenda Walsh at brenda@childrensfoundation.org or by calling 519-826-9551 ext 21.

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