Please note: Due to the Covid19 global pandemic, with the health of our volunteers and staff members in mind, we are currently not accepting volunteers. Our hope is that we can share volunteer opportunities with you soon, as it is safe to do so, following all updated safety protocols.
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Growing Chefs! Ontario is a grassroots organization that could not function without the commitment of our volunteers to our community.
As a Growing Chefs! Volunteer you will:
- Help get kids excited about wholesome healthy food
- Help connect local chefs with the community
- Help kids develop basic cooking skills to share with their families
- Help people understand the connection between food and their communities
Available Volunteer Positions
Volunteer Food Educators support the Growing Chefs! staff team in delivering food literacy programs in schools, at our HQ, and around the community. Food educators may supervise and assist in cooking activities, lead group discussions, and participate in all other aspects of program delivery from set-up to clean-up. Volunteer food educators are also welcome to contribute to program planning to ensure our curriculum links to the Ontario Elementary Curriculum, contains exciting activities, and promotes food system sustainability.
Growing Chefs! is all about GOOD food, so we depend on the culinary skills of London area chefs to help make sure all our food programs are as delicious as possible. Volunteer Chefs may support cooking classes, feature at a dinner event, or support event food.
Growing Chefs! host both public and private special events including receptions and seated dinners. Event Support volunteers will assist with event preparation including cleaning the facility, decorating, setting tables/moving furniture, and promoting (if applicable). Skilled Event Support volunteers may also assist at an event to either host, serve tables, do dishes, or tend bar – depending on volunteer training and event requirements.
Fundraising Committee Member
Committee members take ownership of fundraising and contribute significantly to Growing Chefs! corporate sponsorship, personal giving, fundraising events and other campaigns. They leverage personal or professional networks, practice event planning skills, and help get people excited about healthy wholesome food! The committee convenes once every 4 to 6 weeks, and members are expected to attend at least 75% of those meetings.
Growing Chefs! vision is to build and maintain a healthy, empowered community that is engaged with our food system. We often attend fairs or information sessions in order to help bring community partners together around this common vision. Community Connectors will be the mouth pieces for Growing Chefs! at such events to tell people about our organization, provide useful contacts, and answer questions.