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Program Volunteers

Volunteers are the heartbeat of our literacy services. Each year, over 1,500 volunteers tutor math, reading, and writing; read stories at our Reading Tents; help with special events; and more. We are always looking for more people to volunteer with us.

Program Volunteer Information

United for Literacy 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.

We’re looking for people who are:
  • Open to a variety of people and experiences 
  • Have English or French language skills—and other languages are a definite asset 
  • Enthusiastic, flexible, and creative 
  • Over 14 years old
  • Living in Canada

Programs for children and youth include:  

  • Reading Circles  
  • Homework Clubs  
  • Classroom support  
  • Summer Reading Camps  
  • Reading Tents  

Programs for adults include: 
  • Literacy and basic skills support
  • High school equivalency preparation 
  • Workplace literacy support  
  • Conversation programs for new Canadians  
  • Literacy and life skills for people with developmental disabilities  

For more information, check out our Frequently Asked Question, contact United for Literacy or complete the Program Volunteer Inquiry form. 

All volunteers must adhere to the  Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities Act.    

Training and Support

When you become a United for Literacy volunteer, you will:  

  • Have an interview to ensure that the volunteer position is the best fit for you  
  • Take part in an orientation and training (usually two-to-six hours in length)  
  • Take part in another training session (if required)  
  • Have the ongoing support of a staff member or volunteer leader   
  • Be recognized for your contribution to the community  

To become a Program Volunteer, please complete the Program Volunteer inquiry form.  

Program Volunteer Inquiry Form


Volunteer Inquiry Form

United for Literacy relies on volunteers for success in everything we do. Each year, our volunteers donate more than 50,000 hours to tutoring math, reading and writing; reading stories; helping with special events; and working for the United for Literacy Book Donation Program 
No teaching experience? No problem! Our volunteers come from many different backgrounds and experiences. Fill out the form below to become a volunteer tutor today!
Please note, you must be residing in Canada to volunteer with us
You will receive a response email from United for Literacy so please add us to your Safe Senders list and check your spam folder
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