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Frontier College relies on volunteers for success in everything we do. Each year, our volunteers donate more than 50,000 hours to tutoring math, reading, and writing; reading stories; helping with special events; and working for the Frontier College Book Donation Program.

No teaching experience? No problem! Our volunteers come from many different backgrounds and experiences. 

All of our programs support people throughout Canada as they build literacy skills, which can improve their health, employment opportunities, and social engagement. Most people who love to read had a parent, teacher, or caregiver who took the time to read with them. As a volunteer with Frontier College, you can spread your love of reading and learning to others.

As a Frontier College volunteer, we ask for a commitment of nine months following training for most volunteer roles, which means being available once a week for two-to-three hours. While volunteers don’t need to have teaching experience, they should:
  • be open to a variety of people and experiences
  • have English or French language skills—and other languages are a definite asset
  • be enthusiastic, patient, flexible, and creative
  • be over 16 years of age 
Because we are a national organization, our programs vary from place-to-place.

We host programs for children and youth in most regions, including reading circles, homework clubs, and classroom support. These programs often—but not always—take place in libraries, schools, community centres, and other community-based locations. 

Adult programs run in most regions. These programs include those for people with developmental disabilities, conversation programs for new Canadians, and literacy and basic skills support.

Contact your local branch of Frontier College for more information about what’s available in your region or fill out this Volunteer Inquiry form.

When you become a Frontier College volunteer, you will be given support in your work. Following an interview to ensure that the volunteer position is the best fit for you, you will be given an orientation and training (usually two-to-six hours in length). Some programs require more than one training session. While you are volunteering, a staff member or volunteer leader will always be available for support, and your contribution to the community will be recognized.

All volunteers must adhere to the Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities Act.  
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