Volunteers in Education

Regular one-to-one time with a caring volunteer helps kids shine, inside and outside the classroom.

Volunteers join a community of like-minded Ottawans who want to make a difference in their city by supporting public education. They receive special training, regular check-ins, and other ongoing support from OVIE along the way. Volunteering with us is flexible, and we have a variety of opportunities to fit with your schedule.

To meet the exceptional challenge of the 2020-2021 school year, ONFE is working with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board to offer virtual volunteering to support its students, teachers, and parents. 

Helping kids shine through virtual volunteering

Our volunteers are using virtual volunteering for this new school year, so that K-12 students continue to get the learning support they need.

Winter 2021 Update

Last school year, from September to March, our Volunteers in Education worked an estimated 1.1 million hours. We cannot allow this essential contribution to K-12 education to pause during this challenging year.

We are working with administrators and teachers to implement virtual one-on-one tutoring sessions in the classroom, as well as volunteer-led virtual clubs and skill-sharing sessions.

We’re excited to share that ONFE’s Volunteers in Education program is currently conducting a pilot project with six OCDSB schools to begin offering virtual after school tutoring, providing an additional resource to students in schools, and assistance to students learning at home. Stay tuned for further announcements after the completion of the pilot.

Help us recruit and train volunteers to help students who need extra support.

About the Program


How to become a volunteer

Learn about the process of becoming a volunteer with the Ottawa Volunteers in Education program

“…I just want to thank you for this opportunity! I find it a really great break from university stress just being around happy children and playing music like I used to. 🙂 It’s really made me happier and I’m so thankful!”

— Sophie Lo, University Student, OVIE Volunteer

Training for Volunteers

Some helpful links to ensure you have a great volunteer experience. To review all the options, click the button below.

You Can Help Students Succeed

Support us in recruiting, screening, and training volunteers to provide much-needed one-to-one support for students with learning challenges. Your contribution helps us to support volunteers, teachers, and students alike.

Become a Volunteer Today

Working with children and youth is deeply rewarding, and we have many ways for you to get involved!