Investing in Children relies on volunteers to make the work we do in our community possible. We have volunteer opportunities throughout London and the surrounding area that include weekly programs, special events and administrative tasks.
Volunteering with Investing in Children can help you develop job skills, make contacts in the community and meet new friends. High school students can also gain valuable experience for university and college applications and complete their 40-hour volunteer requirement.
For more information, please complete the Volunteer Application Form below or contact Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After School Program (Sept to June)
Our After School Program is held at Ealing Public School for grade 5, 6, 7 and 8 students. We work to promote: healthy eating and nutrition, active living, and overall personal wellness that are developed through self-esteem and character building opportunities.
Volunteers will work directly with the After School Program Coordinator, Investing in Children staff, other volunteers, and community partners. Together they'll develop, implement, and facilitate various activities that promote healthy eating, physical activity, positive personal development, and wellness for the students of our program.
We ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of one day a week from September – June. Volunteers will arrive to the school at 3:00 pm to set up and receive onsite training. Transportation is not provided, but the school is located very close to public transit.
Family Literacy Events (Oct, Feb, Apr)
Investing in Children's theme-based Family Literacy Events address literacy needs for children in grades JK-3 and their families in a fun and interactive way. The literacy events run from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at schools across London and are held three times a year.
Each event begins with a theme-based story time with the Principal from the school. Families then move on to volunteer supported activities that focus on language, math, science and gross motor skills and are all related to the event's theme. Families are given healthy refreshments and leave the program with lots of take-home materials to help them extend this learning into the home.
Dates and locations for the events vary each year and training will be provided on-site. Volunteer commitment is flexible with a minimum requirement of two hours.
Special Olympics (June)
Every June, over 900 athletes with developmental disabilities and their peer mentors take part in the Thames Valley Track and Field Event at TD Waterhouse Stadium. Students develop their physical fitness, have fun and increase their confidence. Training will be provided on-site and commitment is flexible.
Book Camp London (August)
Book Camp London offers fun and creative workshops over five days for children ages 10-15. The camp, inspired by similar ventures in other communities, connects children to professionals in the world of children’s literature. Authors, illustrators and other experts educate, motivate and mentor the campers. The students' writing and illustrating skills are developed, their knowledge of careers in literature increases and they continue to develop an interest in learning opportunities outside the formal classroom.
Volunteers will work directly with the Community Projects Manager, Investing in Children staff, other volunteers, and campers. Together they will help with the supervision of campers, assist with reading/writing activities, be positive role models and mentors for the campers. They will encourage participation, assist with behaviour management, participate in author presentations and workshops as well as help transition students to various workshops. We ask volunteers to arrive at the library each morning at 8:30am to help with set up, sign in and receive onsite training. Transportation is not provided.
Park Clean Up (Spring, Fall)
Adopt-A-Park is a program which partners the City of London with interested community groups, working together to increase the cleanliness and beauty of the city's parks. London has more than 200 parks and we're proud to say that we've adopted Gibbons Park as our own.
Located along the beautiful Thames River, Gibbons Park offers an ideal environment in which to walk, jog or bike with friends. The park offers open fields, trails and brush to explore with man’s best friend, as well as three tennis courts, a heated outdoor swimming pool, splash pad and playground area.
Volunteers are welcome to join us on our dedicated Park Clean Up days in the Spring and Fall when we help care for our adopted park by:
- Cleaning up litter
- Removing graffiti
- Observing and reporting hazards
Other Special Events
Investing in Children co-ordinates a number of events throughout the year including Kids First Day, London Knights 50/50 Draws and National Family Literacy Day.
We Rely On Your Support
Investing in Children benefits from the generous support of individuals and businesses who believe in providing positive opportunities to London's children and their families. Last year, we had an impact on the lives of more than 14,000 children and their families. You can help us continue to meet the needs of London's families by donating to Investing in Children.
We're a registered charity with the Canadian Revenue Agency (86321 3450 RR0001) and so all our donors receive charitable receipts. Simply click on the button below to get started donating to our project fund. You can choose one of our suggested donations or fill in your own amount. Checkout is quick, easy and securely powered by Stripe.
We want you and every member of the public to know as much as possible about how Investing in Children operates and how carefully and effectively we use donations.
As one of London's leading charities, we hold ourselves accountable to our members and the public. Furthermore, we seek to make use of every dollar donated with careful attention to effectiveness and efficiency.
Please feel free to download our Annual Reports to get a closer look at how we use our donations, as well as our own raised funds, in our various projects.