Oakville Literacy Council -- Learning for Life
I want to… Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. As people search for ways to enrich their lives, many are giving their personal time and skills to the community. At the Oakville Literacy Council, volunteers are the backbone of our program. They are hands-on, they are the front line, and they make a real difference in people’s lives.

Becoming a volunteer tutor
Our volunteer tutors come from all walks of life. It is not necessary to have a teaching background, just enthusiasm, a desire to help, and a belief in the importance of literacy, both for the individual concerned and for society as a whole. We will train and certify you as a Laubach Basic Adult Literacy Tutor.

Read more about the history of the Laubach method of teaching adult literacy.

Step 1
Information session

This session will give you an overview of the Oakville Literacy Council. You will also learn about volunteer and learner rights and responsibilities. After this session, you will have a better understanding of the tutor commitment. Information sessions happen a couple times a year.

Step 2

We will ask you to fill out a tutor application and provide references. You can download the tutor application here and read a copy of the job description here.

Step 3
Tutor Training Workshop

This mandatory, 10-hour workshop includes training in phonics-based methods of teaching, teaching techniques, literacy issues, and sensitivity to the new reader. Following successful completion of training, tutors are certified as Laubach Basic Adult Literacy Tutors. Tutor training usually takes place in the fall each year.

Step 4
Matching and meeting

After training, tutors are matched with a suitable student. You will receive an individual, goal-oriented learning plan specifically designed for your student. As consistency is key to student learning, we ask our tutors to make a one-year commitment. Lessons are two hours per week at an Oakville Public Library branch convenient to both tuor and student.

Are you interested? Send your completed tutor application form to the Program Manager and if a tutor information session is scheduled, we will invite you to attend.


Volunteering in other ways

You don’t have to be a trained tutor to help the Oakville Literacy Council meet its goals. There are other ways to get involved:

  • Outreach activities, including special events, tutor and student recruitment, publicity
  • Annual Used Book Sale, including planning, collecting and sorting book donations, setting up the sale, working at the sale
  • Fundraising projects
  • Office assistance
  • Board of Directors (monthly meetings, two-year term)

Helping the Council means making a difference while having fun with people who share your enthusiasm for literacy. Call us at 905-469-8528 or e-mail us. Let’s talk about how you can share your passion!

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