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Who are our volunteers?

Our volunteers are members of the community who wish to make a difference. We recognize the contributions that all of our volunteers provide, whether they work with students, sit on the board or help organize a special event.  Some examples of volunteer roles include:

  • Tutors
  • Resource volunteers
  • Board members
  • Marketing, special events and general outreach
  • Office and administrative volunteers

NOTE: Needs change with activities. Please contact the office for details.

Volunteer tutors

Tutors are dedicated volunteers who commit a minimum of three hours a week, for at least one year, to helping another adult fulfill their learning goals. Volunteer tutors must first attend an orientation and training workshop designed and conducted by our staff.  This workshop provides all the training needed to work with students.  A volunteer tutor works closely with staff to assess student progress, select appropriate resource materials and discuss teaching needs and support. We recognize the fundamental role of the volunteer tutor as a dedicated partner in the success of students.  Volunteers are needed for the following programs:

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  • 1:1 tutoring
  • Small group tutoring
  • Essential Skills Computer Training For the Workplace

Volunteer tutor qualifications

  • Must have high school diploma; some post-secondary training is an asset
  • Must have good reading, writing and verbal communication skills
  • Must be flexible, caring, non-judgmental, patient and a good listener
  • In some cases, a background in teaching is necessary
  • Basic computer knowledge is required

Volunteer tutor commitment

  • Fill out an application and attend an initial interview
  • Attend an initial three-hour orientation
  • Complete a six-hour training workshop
  • Schedule a minimum of three hours per week working with students for a minimum of one year
  • Complete further professional development training as required including the computer tutor workshop

Tutor training workshops

As a tutor you will be trained to work with students at a comprehensive training workshop. You will be oriented to the history and mandate of Literacy North Halton and you will learn how low literacy skills affect your community. You will have hands-on training in the methods of tutoring and you will find out what happens once you are matched with a student.  Topics include:

  • Student assessment, goal setting and evaluation
  • How to use resources
  • Reading & writing strategies
  • Workplace literacy
  • Training plans and evaluations
  • Using the computer as a learning tool
  • Follow up training on relevant literacy topics scheduled as needed

The sensitivity and teaching skills you learn in the training workshop(s) will benefit your work with your student and may assist in other areas of your work/volunteer activities.

Training sessions occur in the spring and fall; call to find out when the next session will be held.  Please note this is a professional workshop. A $40.00 fee is required to attend and includes a comprehensive training manual.

General volunteers

General volunteer opportunities are also available (refer to Who are our volunteers above)

General volunteer commitment

  • Submit application and meet with staff
  • Attend orientation and training as needed
  • Use computers as required
  • Commit to one year of service
  • Work independently, with other volunteers, and staff
  • Be flexible and reliable

Our commitment to you

  • Initial and ongoing professional development opportunities
  • Up to date adult teaching and resource materials
  • A friendly and professional working environment
  • Comfortable and secure lesson locations
  • Annual recognition of achievements
  • Regular updates of events
  • Ongoing support as needed

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer.

Call us to find out more: 905-873-2200