Give Back to School Day is an opportunity to make a direct impact on our youth.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of Give Back to School Day, delivered by ONFE! Over the course of the last ten years, corporate teams and other community groups have undertaken school beautification projects such as gardening, landscaping and mural painting at economically disadvantaged schools.
Why Volunteer with ONFE?
Group volunteering is a great way to engage your team, providing an opportunity to spend time together outside of the office, while giving back to your community. Companies that value education and youth and want to give back in the community where their employees work and live often choose to participate in Give Back to School Day.
Give Back to School Day turns ten!
“Creating and participating in Give Back to School Day and watching it flourish over these past years has been a truly rewarding experience. Give Back to School Day provides volunteers with a unique hands on opportunity to roll up their sleeves and contribute to the enhancement of the schools’ environment by completing projects chosen by school staff and the children, projects which would not otherwise be possible. Give Back to School Day also provides reading partners and organizations with a valuable team building experience for their employees. Give Back to School Day has and continues to be a win-win event for reading partners, volunteers, elementary schools and most of all, for our children.”
Jane Bachynski, Senior Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
What is the power of volunteering?
“School pride is an essential component in building a successful school community. Having pride gives students a sense of ownership and as a result, they do better in school. Give Back to School Day provides an opportunity for community volunteers to work together to improve the school environment—the students and the volunteers see the immediate impact of their work.”
Lee-Ann Scott, past Director of Volunteer Programs at ONFE
Fall Gardening: Preparing for Spring
Several schools are looking for teams of volunteers to put the school gardens to bed for the winter. Various tasks are required, such as pruning, weeding, replanting, etc.
Spring Gardening: Preparing for May Flowers
Several schools are looking for teams of volunteers to refresh their school gardens annually. Various tasks are required, such as pruning, weeding, replanting, etc.