Volunteers are needed on an ongoing basis throughout the school year. Please apply early as Police Vulnerable Sector Checks can take up to 3 months to complete.

Community volunteers are needed to support the following ongoing programs:

There are two ways to access volunteer opportunities:

  1. You can choose an opportunity from our list of school volunteer requests, or
  2. You can choose to volunteer as part of one or more ongoing programs listed below.

We suggest you look through both lists as you will be prompted to identify your interests on the application form.

Educational Assistive Technology Coaches

Volunteers are trained to support students in schools that use Ministry of Education Licensed assistive technology software. For more information, visit our Assistive Technology site.

Classroom Support

Volunteers are assigned to a specific teacher and carry out various tasks depending on the teacher’s needs (assisting with learning activities, oral reading, creating displays, helping young children with their clothing, playground supervision, etc.)

English Language Development Tutor 

Volunteers are trained on how to support English Language Learners who have never attended school or have gaps in their learning who are attending ELD System Classrooms in OCDSB schools. Volunteers are required to commit to volunteering for at least one school term and must complete a survey at the end of each term.

English Language Learner Volunteer Tutors

Volunteers are trained by the OCDSB to support students learning English as an additional language. 

Kindergarten Support

Volunteers needed in English and French kindergarten classrooms citywide anytime between 8:00am-5:30pm depending on the school. Experience in Early Childhood Education is an asset but not a requirement.

High School Tutors and Mentors

Volunteers help support students at risk in grades 7-12 in Literacy, Numeracy, and all academic subjects. Volunteers can either work in the Student Success Centres or within the classroom. Volunteers are required to complete a survey at the end of each term.

Heart of the City Piano Program

This program provides a way for members of the community to share their love of music with children who otherwise would not have the opportunity to learn to play piano. Volunteer piano teachers are matched to students one-on-one during school hours, or before or after school.

Math Tutors

Volunteers are trained by the OCDSB Math Consultants to support students struggling in Math in grades 1-12, in OCDSB schools. Volunteers are required to complete a survey at the end of each term.


Volunteers are trained to read aloud to students one-on-one in JK to grade 3 classrooms. 
Volunteers attend a 90-minute orientation and training workshop to learn early literacy strategies and commit to volunteering at least 1 hour per week for an agreed upon timeframe. Your schedule is determined at your school interview prior to beginning your placement. A police vulnerable sector check is required.  

Junior Achievement

Help create tomorrow’s leaders: As an Ottawa Network for Education Junior Achievement volunteer, you bring your real world experience to students while facilitating hands-on and interactive learning experiences. Boost your company’s profile in the community while having fun and developing your leadership and presentation skills. These programs can literally in a few hours change the course of a student’s life. It’s easy to get involved. Make a difference. Training provided. Contact Rebecca Kaell 613-366-3085 x263

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Anne Brouillard
Program Coordinator, Ottawa Volunteers in Education
613 366-3085 ext. 255

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Lee-Ann Scott, CVA
Director, Ottawa Volunteers in Education
613 366-3085 ext. 253

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