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 Volunteers in Education (VIE) along the way. Volunteering with us is flexible, and we have a variety of opportunities to fit with your schedule.

About the Program


Students in Ottawa classrooms have learning challenges, and may be at risk of falling behind their peers in 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.


This past school year, 5247 volunteers were placed in schools. We also continued to offer students after school virtual tutoring.

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 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.

Interested in becoming a volunteer?

To apply directly through our volunteer application form, please click on the button below. If you would like to get more information or have your application facilitated by a volunteer coordinator, please email Adriana Johnston at

Becoming 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, VIE 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!

Email Adriana Johnston at for more information and to apply, or click on the button below to directly access our volunteer application form.