ABOUT US

The Orillia and District Literacy Council is a non-profit organization assisting adults with their reading, writing, math and computer skills for over 40 years. We rely on volunteers to work with our students and guide our organization.

Our mission

The Orillia and District Literacy Council (ODLC) is a local, non-profit organization of trained volunteers. We assist adults to improve their reading, writing, math and computer skills in order to cope with everyday life, to reach their goals and to improve their chances of success in our community.

Our team

We are governed by a Board of Directors. The Board is assisted by three staff members Cathy, January and Christine (one is full-time and two are part-time).

What we do

We help adults in reading, writing, spelling and math, along with essential skills and computer basics. Anyone over the age of 19 is welcome to join any of our FREE learning programs. For all students, we do this on a one-on-one basis. Some students prefer to work on their own while being guided by a trained staff or volunteer and others like the comfort of learning in a small group.

We offer a comfortable place for student learning with six individual study areas, computer lab with 8 PC computers and a classroom.

Some of our students want to achieve their high school diploma or equivalent in order to go on to employment or further education while others want to be able to read for their own independence. Whatever the reason, we strive to meet their needs.

When students learn depends on their schedule. They simply tell us when they are available and we match them up with a volunteer on the same schedule.

We have been doing this for 40 years and operate year-round – no school breaks for us!

Our supporters

This Employment Ontario program is partially funded by the Ontario government. We also do fundraising to supplement our government grants and receive wide-spread support from the businesses and citizens of Orillia. We rely on volunteers to work with our students and guide our organization.