Literacy Help & Upgrading Volunteers

Right now, about 12 million Canadian adults have trouble reading and writing. By becoming a volunteer tutor, you can help people in your community improve their basic literacy skills.

What you'll be doing

Once a week, you'll meet with an adult learner for 2-3 hours to help them build confidence and skill in reading or math—maybe even prepare for an educational milestone, like the GED. You'll be working with adults (19 years or older) who have been out of school for at least a year. We'll help you tailor your sessions for people with a range of skills from learning sound-letter relationships for the first time, to adults reading at a junior high school level.

Learn more about our Literacy Help & Upgrading program.

About you

  • No experience is necessary. We provide training and support for all our volunteers!
  • Grade 12 education or more is required.
  • You're able to commit to a scheduled 2-3 hour weekly time commitment for at least 3 months.

Training for volunteers

Our Literacy Help & Upgrading Program is offered in partnership with the Halifax Community Learning Network (HCLN), opens a new window which provides training for tutors, throughout the year. Our program coordinator will work with you to decide whether or not you should complete basic training workshops before you start tutoring. And, there are plenty of workshops and training sessions, even for the more experienced tutor—ask our program coordinator to keep you informed about upcoming opportunities.


The Literacy Help & Upgrading program will be on summer break for July and August. Check back for new volunteer opportunities at the end of August. We'll be looking for volunteers at the following locations:

Become a Literacy Help & Upgrading Volunteer

We accept volunteer applications all year. Apply now!

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