If you love math, enjoy writing, read books to expand your world or use a computer with ease, volunteering with OLL may be for you! Share your knowledge and passion for learning in a meaningful way by encouraging, motiving and supporting others while they work to improve their own literacy skills.
Volunteer opportunities exist within our Adult or Family Literacy Programs, Special Events or Promotions Committee.
Complete our Volunteer Application Form below if you are interested. Our office will contact you to arrange an interview to determine what volunteer opportunity is available!
"I would absolutely recommend OLL as a place to come for anyone looking for help with their literacy skills. All the volunteers are great. The staff are wonderful and they really are concerned about the people they help"
"We're really happy to see those reports from parents that children are more confident and engaged with their learning. The fact that it's a fun kind of program and gives them a chance to work on their skills in a fun way is really important to us"
"Everybody's time is so valuable that works here, that we rely on and appreciate our volunteers so much, because volunteers really do help keep things on track, and they mean so much to our agency"
"We are the first step that they need to take to help reach their goal. Whether it's employment, independence, or the college or their secondary school credits, if they need to upgrade their reading skills, their writing skills, we are the organization that can help with that!"
“Since going to a literacy program, it is much easier to cope with life and I don’t know how I survived with the education that I had. I can figure things out for myself and I don’t have to ask so many questions any more.”
"Thanks to my new found skills and self-esteem, I feel more capable to go out and find a great job that I am worthy of"
ENERGY: Great volunteers hit the ground running. They are fantastic people to work with as they exude energy and approach all tasks with enthusiasm and drive. Their positive spirit is motivating and inspiring to others, leaving a lasting impression on the people and communities they work with
PASSION: Just like energy, passion is infectious. When individuals use their talents and passions, they can bring life into even the most mundane of tasks. Those who make the greatest impact in their volunteer work are those who are truly passionate about their cause and have the about their cause and have the ability to share that passion with others.
FLEXIBILITY: Volunteering can involve a broad range of tasks, so a willingness to adapt to what needs doing is an important quality. Volunteers stand out when they can approach their work with an open mind and a willingness to learn.
CREATIVITY: People who are creative and have good imaginations are great to be around. Within the arts world in particular, creativity is a very important quality. This doesn't necessarily mean having formal training or academic background in the arts, what it does mean is having loads of passion for all things creative.
TEAM PLAYER: Volunteering inevitably means being able to work with others, whether volunteers, staff or beneficiaries. Being an approachable, friendly, and cooperative person is vital. Skills required to be a good team player include patience, compassion, listening skills and knowing when to contribute and when to hold back
INTEGRITY: As a volunteer you are being trusted with an organizations resources, facilities and customer/beneficiaries. This is a big responsibility, and integrity is expected.
RELIABILITY: The first rule of volunteering is that if you promise to do something, do it. It is vital that an organization can trust you when you make a commitment. Turning up late or not completing a task that you have agreed to do, does not just reflect badly on you, but can impact on the organizations reputation too. Great volunteers maintain a high level of professionalism in all aspects of their work.
COMMITMENT: To be able to make a lasting difference it is necessary to be thoroughly committed to the cause. Volunteering with an organization on a regular basis and over a long period of time is the best way to maximize your skills and knowledge and therefor make the maximum impact in your work.
May you be proud of the work you do, the person you are and the difference you make
RESPECT - Some learners have learning disabilities and need more time than most to learn concepts. Please do not make their learning environment tense or make them feel like they are letting you down when they need repetitive instruction. They do not have to answer you. They are here to improve their skills and experience all the wonderful spin-off affects that come with learning. You are here to help them reach what they have experienced as a very difficult goal path.
PATIENCE - If a learner has reviewed a concept a few times and is still not able to remember or apply what they have learned, be patient. Speak with an A.I. for alternative ideas to review a concept, seek various resources to provide a different way to present the information, take a break, discuss with the learner for any insight they can provide on how to best help them
QUIET - In a group setting, we ask that everyone keep their voices low. Some learners have difficulty in group settings and we try to accommodate this sensitivity by scheduling in the afternoon vs morning.
The individuals you instruct may fall within what is considered vulnerable population. It is important that you are comfortable and able to create a teacher-student relationship with people who need patience, understanding and compassion from someone that is non-judgmental.
QUICK TIPS ON HOW TO HELP A LEARNER WITH A TACTILE LEARNING STYLE:
- Use break time to get up and stretch
- Help list words to describe the classroom
- Encourage doodling of words, images, etc.
- Suggest tracing words with their finger
- Use silly putty to create words & images
- Use flashcards
Tactile learners absorb information best by doing, experiencing, touching, moving, or being active in some way.