All Library locations will be closed on July 1, except Central Library, which will be open from 11 am – 5 pm for Canada Day activities.
Adult Volunteers

Learning Advantage

What will you do?

Help an adult with low literacy skills experience the joys of reading. Volunteer coaches help participants develop basic reading, writing, and numeracy skills. A learner-centered method builds upon each person’s needs, strengths, learning styles, and life experiences.

Program Length: Two hours weekly

What’s in it for you?

  • Rewarding opportunity to make an impact in a learner’s life
  • Support lifelong learning

Volunteer Qualifications

  • A strong commitment to adult literacy and interest in helping adults learn to read and write.
  • Ability to work independently with a learner
  • Excellent listening and communication skills
  • Flexibility, creativity and good problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to accommodate a diversity of backgrounds and skill levels
  • Patience
  • Attend a two day training session

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Help learners develop basic reading and writing skills to enrich their lives and promote lifelong learning
  • Develop and implement individualized learning plans based upon the learner’s goals
  • Develop and maintain learning journals, individualized learning plans and learner portfolios
  • Consult with learner and library staff to arrange mutually convenient meeting times, generally 2 hours per week. An additional 20–60 minutes is required for program preparation
  • Commit to participate in the program for a minimum of one year
  • Maintain regular contact with library staff to discuss the participant’s progress and activities
  • Respect confidentiality

Thanks for your interest.

All volunteer positions for this program are currently filled. Please complete an application and we will contact you when a position becomes available.