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
Approximately 15% of students in every Ottawa classroom have learning challenges, and may be at risk of falling behind their peers in school and becoming part of the 13% of students that do not complete high school. Additionally, many refugees, new Canadians, and Canadians for whom English is an additional language, start school without pre-literacy skill, and/or need additional English language learning support.
Last school year before pandemic closures, we placed 1,259 volunteers in 148 Ottawa schools, for an approximate 1.1 million hours! Our volunteers bring a multi-generational wealth of knowledge and experience from all sectors, range in age from 18 to 90, and speak more than 30 different languages. Together with teachers, they help students build core skills, grasp new concepts, close learning gaps, and develop greater self-confidence.
ONFE’s ability to respond to the immediate and ongoing, complex needs of educators and students is an important piece in removing barriers that inhibit learning. The Ottawa Volunteers in Education program ensures that all youth have the chance to finish school with the tools, knowledge and skills they’ll need to complete their studies and go on to fulfilling careers.
“…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
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!