Volunteering

The WCLC is always looking for volunteers. We strive to match volunteer tutors with learners from their community. This limits transportation costs and your time travelling to tutor a learner. In general, tutors meet with their respective learner, once or twice a week for 2 hours, over a 6 month period (minimum), or depending on program length. Materials and resources are provided for your session. All tutors are expected to attend a 2-3 hour training session before they are matched with a learner. If you know of someone in your community who wants you as a tutor, we are more than happy to help.

Volunteering with WCLC

The WCLC is a non-profit community-based organization that offers its services to all of the County of Wellington (except the City of Guelph).

We count on receiving the support of residents of the county as volunteers (tutors, office support, fund raising, and public awareness activities) and as donors (charitable receipts provided).

Our dedicated staff members recruit, train and support our tutors, assess the needs of our learners and provide information on literacy issues to everyone in the community.

We are always looking for new and vibrant volunteers including students looking to finish their 40 hours.

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Available Positions

  • Literacy Tutors: work with adults or youth in Wellington County. If you are from Guelph please visit Action Read.
  • Part-time Instructors: facilitate and teach online programs for those with low literacy.

Volunteer Tutors

Position: Volunteer Tutor for Adult or Youth Learner.

Goal: To work on a one-to-one basis with an adult or youth learner, helping to improve his/her reading, writing and/or basic math skills.

Term: Requires a six month, or for the duration of the program, commitment, which can be extended if both parties are agreeable.

Hours: Minimum two hours one-to-one tutoring and one hour prep time for a total of three (3) hours a week, either online or face-to-face.

Scheduling: At the discretion of the volunteer tutor, taking into consideration the learner’s schedule.

Learning: You’ll work through our manual to receive our ‘Tutor Training Certificate’.

Requirements: Familiarize yourself with the learner’s training plan which will be provided by the coordinator upon matching. Work with the coordinator by following suggestions set out in the training plan. Fill in monthly reporting sheets about your tutoring match and return to the WCLC quarterly. Maintain contact with the office (by phone, fax, in person or e-mail) about any changes that may be happening with your match, e.g. missed appointments, holidays, breaks and possible termination of the tutoring partnership. Ensure that the youth learner’s parent or guardian is ALWAYS nearby. Take adequate precautions for your personal safety when tutoring any learner.

Worksite: The tutoring sessions are held at a location agreed upon by the tutor & learner. The tutor should ensure that the worksite is adequately lit, comfortable, and quiet to promote concentration and learning.

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Committee Positions

Currently the WCLC is looking for volunteers to sit on one of its committees. The committees are:

  • Public Awareness
  • Social Media Support (posting to Instagram, Facebook, and our website, creative panel)

Each committee requires a one year commitment.

Become a Volunteer

Fill out our volunteer contact form to receive more information on our Tutor Training Program and other volunteer opportunities.

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You may also email your application to literacy@thewclc.ca

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