Volunteers are the heartbeat of our services. Each year, over 1,500 volunteers give thousands of hours. They tutor math, reading, and writing; read stories; help with special events; and more.
Read on to learn more about becoming a Program Volunteer to work with children, youth, or adult literacy programs. Read the FAQs to find out more about becoming an Event Volunteer and other volunteer opportunities.
Our programs support people as they build literacy skills. These skills give more opportunities for better health, employment opportunities, and social engagement. United for Literacy currently requires volunteers for in-person, remote, and hybrid programs.
Program volunteers take part in program planning, coordination, delivery, and evaluation. It’s a great way to learn new skills and share your knowledge with others.
Programs vary from region to region. Contact your regional United for Literacy office to find out more.
No teaching experience? No problem! Program volunteers come from many different backgrounds. They are trained and supported by staff and experienced volunteers
Speak with your local staff member to discuss available positions and the time commitment required.
Programs for children and youth include:
For more information, contact United for Literacy or complete the Program Volunteer Inquiry form.
All volunteers must adhere to the Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities Act.
When you become a United for Literacy volunteer, you will:
To become a Program Volunteer, please complete the Program Volunteer inquiry form.
Please note, you must live in Canada to volunteer with United for Literacy. You will receive a response email from United for Literacy. Please add us to your Safe Senders list and check your spam folder.
Building new skills
Making new friends
Giving back to your community
Knowing you’re making a difference
Being part of a nationwide team that believes that everyone deserves equitable access to learning
No, you don’t need teaching experience to be a volunteer literacy tutor. You should:
Be open to a variety of people and experiences
Have English or French language skills—and other languages are a definite asset
Be enthusiastic, patient, flexible, and creative
Be over 14 years of age