Student Support

How To Become A VolunteerOttawa Volunteers in Education

We need volunteers over the age of 18 years old to help in a variety of ways to support students and teachers. Volunteers come from all walks of life and bring a multitude of experiences to share with students. Seniors offer life experience and professional expertise. New Canadians can explain concepts with students in their dominant language. University students are great role models and mentors who share their own post-secondary experiences with students. Every volunteer has something special to offer and research shows that students benefit from the attention of a caring adult.

How to become a volunteer in 7 simple steps:

Step 1: Look at the opportunities to see where you would like to help.

Step 2: Complete the online volunteer application form.

Step 3: Obtain a Police Vulnerable Sector Check. (Instructions will be emailed to you upon application.)

Step 4: Send us a copy of your approved Police Vulnerable Sector Check.

Step 5: We match you with a school.

Step 6: The School Volunteer Coordinator contacts you for an interview.

Step 7: If your interview is successful, a Volunteer Agreement form is signed by you and the teacher confirming your schedule and volunteer commitment.

NOTE: A Police Vulnerable Sector Check is required. All volunteer candidates who have lived in Canada for less than two years or have been out of Canada for more than two years are required to provide ONFE with updated Police Vulnerable Sector Checks annually until the person concerned has been in Canada for a minimum of two years. In this situation, the volunteer must be under the supervision of a teacher at all times.

The OVIE online application process takes about 15 minutes.

Before you start, you will need the names and contact information for two personal references, one of whom may be a family member.

After you complete the application form, you will receive an automatic confirmation email with instructions on how to get your Police Vulnerable Sector Check and instructions for Steps 3-7.

Please contact Anne Brouillard at abrouillard@onfe-rope.ca or call 613-366-3085 ext. 255 if you do not receive a confirmation notice within 24 hours after submitting your application. Thank you.

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Volunteer Orientation Training Dates

Volunteer orientation training is mandatory for all new volunteers. This workshop provides you with valuable information you need to have a successful school experience.
Please register for the workshop that meets your availability. All orientation workshops are held at Richard Pfaff Alternative School 160 Percy Street Classroom 3

Upcoming Dates

Please contact Lee-Ann Scott lscott@onfe-rope.ca to request online volunteer orientation training if you cannot attend in person.

Early Literacy Read Aloud Training Dates

This workshop is for individual volunteers who will be reading to children one-to-one in JK to grade 3 classrooms.

Training takes about 2 hours and is held at Richard Pfaff Alternative School 160 Percy Street Classroom 3.

Please contact Lee-Ann Scott lscott@onfe-rope.ca to request training opportunities.

How to become a volunteer

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

You Can Help Students Succeed

Help students connect classroom learning with real-world problems and issues. Your donation will help high school students learn more about the job market, develop skills for tomorrow’s careers and inspire them to complete senior science, math and technology courses.

We Love Our Volunteers

Retirees, students, recent graduates, working professionals and other community-minded individuals volunteer and help bring ONFE programs into classrooms across Ottawa. Our volunteers mentor, instruct, tutor, read, serve breakfast and more. They are central to our mission to support student success.