Volunteers are the backbone of our organization.  Without these kind and generous people we would not be able to help the countless people who seek our help.

Call us today and talk to us about how you want to be involved in our vibrant organization. You can also email us. We look forward to speaking with you!


Join a committee

Committee involvement tends to be more intermittent than continuous. You can choose to join a committee as an ad hoc member or as a Board member – the choice is yours. We encourage you to put your special expertise to good use by joining one of our committees.

Human Resources and Succession Planning

Look at succession planning and emergency transitions and help plan for the future.

Communications and Fundraising

Show your creative side by writing articles for the local newspaper to keep our brand newsworthy and raise our profile in the community.  Our goal is to keep in contact with social service agencies to encourage them to refer their clients in need of skills upgrading to us and to keep the community current on our programs.

We have a long history of raising funds in our community. Why? Because everyone involved has lots of fun. Some of our fundraising events have included a dinner hosted by our local MP, a Snowmobile Ride with a delicious chili lunch, the always hilarious Dragon Boat Race and Tag Days which is a great way to spread the word about us. New fundraising suggestions are encouraged so tell us your great ideas and get involved.

Board Development

Help us to reach out to the community to recruit new board members and keep our current board members well informed and trained. 

Become a tutor

Teaching experience is not necessary to be a tutor because we give you the training needed to have a successful learning experience with your learner and provide you with the learning materials to use.  Tutors typically meet with their learner twice a week for a couple of hours.  Due to the training involved and student commitment, we ask our tutors to make a one-year commitment.

Become a supporting member with your membership

With your yearly $15 membership you receive program updates and an invitation to vote at our annual meeting.

Join our board

Become a Board member and make informed and lawful decisions on behalf of the Council. We meet once a month for an hour or two. We have an 8-member board and positions include: Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and four directors. The term of office is two years and is renewable.

The Board is responsible for:

Expectations of a Director:

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:


Make a donation

If you don’t have time to volunteer with us you can still support this very worthwhile cause by making a donation. Cheques should be made payable to Orillia & District Literacy Council. You can also donate on our website, through Canada Helps, or by e-transfer.  Tax receipts are issued for donations over $20.

Refer a student

Perhaps you know someone who has difficulty reading, doing simple math calculations, learning how to use a computer or a phone – whatever. This person may be a relative, a friend, a neighbour or a co-worker. Do them a favour and refer them to us. Our learning programs are free and we teach anyone over the age of 19.