The OttawaReads program is a unique school/community partnership that draws volunteers from the corporate and public sectors to read one-to-one with children in Kindergarten to Grade 3 classes in Ottawa schools. Although OttawaReads is an employer supported volunteer program (EVS), individuals who wish to join are welcome!
After attending an orientation/training session in their place of work, (individuals attend training workshops at ONFE), volunteers fulfil a weekly, or bi-weekly, one-hour commitment to read one-to-one with students in local schools. Each participating organization or individual reader partners with a school in their own geographic location. The number of volunteers requested from each organization is based upon the size of the company and the requirements of the partnering school.
To strengthen, enrich and improve student learning, specifically Early Literacy skills.
To create a climate for involvement and interaction between schools and community.
To foster volunteerism within the corporate and public sectors through employer-supported volunteer programs.
To facilitate an increase in social and economic capital through enhanced literacy.
Let us know if you or your company/organization would like to have a corporate presentation on OttawaReads by contacting
If you are part of a team of readers please register on the group volunteer site: https://www.onfe-rope.ca/programs/ottawareads/how-program-works/volunteer-form
Please note that all volunteer positions require careful screening and a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC). Not all applicants will be accepted.
The 7th annual Give back to School Day was held this year in conjunction with the OttawaReads program. OttawaReads is a unique ONFE program in which employees from the corporate or public sector volunteer to read to JK/SK and grade 1,2 and 3 students on a weekly or bi-weekly basis in economically disadvantaged schools. On Friday, June 3rd, 2016 members of the corporate teams who usually read at the schools, worked on projects to beautify the schools. This year we have five schools participating.
Thanks to the staff at Borden Ladner Gervais, Ottawa Police Services, GAP Factory Store, and the students from Algonquin College for supporting local public schools.
Lee-Ann Scott, CVA
Director, Volunteer Programs
Phone: 613.366.3085 ext. 253