About Portage


“Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.’’ – Sherry Anderson.

Thanks to funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, volunteer work has become an essential part of the program at Portage Ontario. Through volunteering, youth gain access to supplementary learning and recreational activities that enrich their experience at Portage. Ultimately, volunteering helps residents identify and cultivate new hobbies and interests while giving back to the community.

Residents are selected to join the Volunteer Program based on the level of therapy completed, their personal interests, and commitment to the cause/activity. Currently, youth are volunteering with the following organizations:

Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Guelph

Portage male adolescents go to the Guelph ReStore retail centre every Saturday from 2 to 5pm. The young men work with the Floor Manager to learn retail techniques and, most importantly, develop a sound work ethic.

Wellington Food Bank

Every Saturday from 1 to 4pm, girls from Portage join the Wellington Food Bank where they assist the staff and make baskets of non-perishable food items for the local residents. Not only do the youth learn about the essential parts of a balanced diet, but the youth also benefit from the joy of helping others in need.

Local Horse Farm – BJ Horse Farm

Every Tuesday evening and Saturday morning, four female residents travel to the BJ Farm in Elora. Mentored by employees of the farm, youth groom the horses and learn how to train them as well. These ladies gain self-confidence and leave the farm feeling a sense of accomplishment.

We are always looking for new volunteer opportunities for our youth. If you would like to get involved in this Program please contact: James Kirby, Volunteer Coordinator at jkirby@portage.ca