Feb. 13 2023
Volunteers are at the centre of our literacy and learning programs. Each year, over 1,500 volunteers give thousands of hours to support children, youth, and adults. They tutor math, reading, and writing; read stories; help with special events; and more.
Read on for more information about becoming a tutor or program volunteer. Scroll down to find out about volunteering with our special events and other opportunities.
Whether online or in person, Program Volunteers take part in planning, coordination, delivery, and evaluation. It’s a great way to learn new skills and share your knowledge with others.
United for Literacy programs vary from place to place, so get in touch with your regional office or complete the Volunteer Inquiry Form for more information and to discuss available positions and the time commitment required. You will receive a response to your inquiry, so please add United for Literacy to your Safe Senders list.
Throughout the year, United for Literacy hosts events to raise funds and awareness of the importance of literacy in Canada, including Scrabble for Literacy, the Giller Light Bash, and the National Forum, which looks at the connection between literacy and other important issues (past topics include Literacy and Mental Health and Literacy and The Economy).
We need both in-person volunteers and committee members to help with planning, prize procurement, research, marketing, and administrative work to make these events successful. These roles can often be done remotely from any location. Volunteering for a United for Literacy event can help you build skills—including fundraising, research, marketing, communication, digital, and organization skills, to name a few—and meet interesting people who want to make a difference in the world.
The time commitment for event volunteers varies from event to event. For more information about how to become an events volunteer, please contact Jennifer Chow, and find out more on our events page.
We occasionally have other volunteer opportunities online or at locations across Canada. These opportunities may include office or administrative tasks such as prospecting and researching new donors and supporters, organizing files, and support with campaigns or special projects. For more information about available opportunities in your area, please contact Joanne Huffa. Take a look at the volunteer page to get started.
All volunteers must adhere to the Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities Act.