Welcome, fellow volunteers.

Volunteering at Shelter Valley is a rewarding and enriching experience. We are a community-based, family-oriented community organization where volunteers have an opportunity to participate in a safe and welcoming atmosphere. About 300 volunteers provide year round support, including at our Labour Day weekend Festival. We recognize the essential contribution of our volunteers and applaud their efforts!

For high school aged volunteers, we are able to coordinate with school board personnel to count volunteer hours towards completion of curriculum requirements for community service – we have many families that volunteer together.

In return for your volunteer hours and a $10 payment which helps to provide for all volunteers and their needs on site, you will receive:

  • complimentary weekend admission to the Festival (option to camp)
  • a meal ticket for Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch & dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch – plus an invitation to our closing volunteer BBQ Sunday
  • an official Volunteer T-shirt sourced from an ethical supplier (please note it is essential for all volunteers to wear during their shift).

If at any time you have questions about the volunteer process or the positions available, you are welcome to contact the Volunteer Assistant Coordinator Ali Eisenhammer at failte@xplornet.com.

Who are our Volunteers?

  • Our volunteers come from far and wide from many regions, provinces and even other countries!
  • Our volunteers are 16 or older… or, aged 14 or 15 and volunteering alongside their parent or guardian.
  • For some roles, a “police reference” document is needed and noted -- plan on several weeks to obtain.

What You Should Consider Before Signing Up

  • Your payment of $10 (includes HST/therefore not a donation) helps us cover costs including a Volunteer T-Shirt which is essential to wear during your shift.
  • Festival weekend roles need a commitment of 12 hours or more, pre-Festival roles 24 hours minimum.
  • If your pre-Festival role takes less than 24 hours you will be asked to help by volunteering on “short shifts” during the Festival.
  • Animals/Pets cannot be brought to the Festival with you or kept in volunteer cars or campers as we are guests on a private site. Please help us keep this promise to our hosts. (Registered service dogs welcome – please advise when signing up).
  • Our site is a sloping farmer's field with "rough field camping", bulk water and no showers.
  • While we offer a variety of foods including vegetarian, if you have special needs or favourite foods please bring or be sure to support our community’s Public Food vendors to add to your choices.

A Few Ways We Thank Our Volunteers

  • Your commitment to appropriate conduct, enthusiasm, tolerance and flexibility returns access to our weekend Festival.
  • Volunteers enjoy local foods prepared with great care at no cost (Friday PM, Saturday three meals, Sunday breakfast and lunch).
  • Our Board of Directors invites registered volunteers to join us for a closing BBQ on Sunday night after the public festival closes.
  • You are invited to our annual Community Potluck Picnic held the third Sunday of July.

How To Learn More Before Signing Up

  • We invite you to visit all of our web site pages to learn more about SVFF and our festival

Yes! I’m Ready to Sign Up

  • Read through our "Volunteer Roles List” (previous year volunteers sign up through April, new volunteer sign up opens later in May)
  • Click on sign up when open. If you're unsure, click on the "send me roles" option to help where we need it the most!
  • Email questions to our Assistant Volunteer Coordinator failte@xplornet.com,call 905 349 3951, or mail us: SVFF Volunteer c/o PO Box 29, Grafton, ON, K0K 2G0
  • Please note, SVFF reserves the right to decline a volunteer's application
  • Once registered, you’ll receive a return email or call confirming your choices
  • Be patient, our volunteer Operating Committee (Yellow Shirts) and Crew Chiefs learn of your interest and then will contact you as they work through the roles in their areas
  • Volunteer sign up is open right up to the Festival - don't hesitate to contact us!

Shelter Valley Walkway Paving Stones

You can support Shelter Valley all year round in many ways.

As a volunteer, or a dedicated supporter, you may wish to help build our growing walkway leading into the festival from the main gate and be a part of our festival for years to come!

For our volunteers the cost of each paver is $50.00 taxes included and can also be purchased online through the link on this page

The engraving on each stone would be a personal or family name.

For those who haven't volunteered and wanting to support our efforts, commemorate a friend or family member, the cost for a paver is $100.00 taxes included. Please reach our Fundraising Committee through this email to purchase.

I am an SVFF Volunteer

Name as you wish it to appear on stone