If you believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to achieve his or her literacy goals, you share the vision of VLC. Our work depends on the contributions of our volunteers, who help with several aspects of VLC's overall activities. We offer a range of opportunities for volunteers to make a rewarding contribution. Previous experience is not essential for many of these. Please consider becoming a VLC volunteer in one of the activities described here and in linked pages. A general application form is provided here. If you would like to talk to us before applying, give us a call at 250-385-0014.
Adult literacy tutoring
The free adult literacy tutoring program depends on a network of volunteer tutors who are willing to devote time on a regular basis to help clients facing challenges with basic literacy. Our volunteer tutors are trained and supported by a Program Coordinator. Once trained, they are carefully matched with a Learner. Specific learning goals are identified and agreed. The tutor and learner work closely on a regular basis to achieve these goals. Read more about the Adult Literacy Tutoring Program by linking here. (link to page 'Adult Literacy Tutoring').
Supporting children and youth programs
Volunteers are needed to support our professional teachers in community-based programs in child and youth literacy. Most of our volunteers help out in the Noisy Kids after school program – a rewarding and fun activity where volunteers make an enormous difference. We also collaborate with Mustard Seed Street Church by providing literacy support for their members: children, youth and adults. We have just started 1:1 tutoring for grades 2-12 learners through volunteer tutoring for Mustard Seed members, in order to support them with their school work and literacy in general. The application form lets you describe any previous experience that may be relevant. Read more about the program here.
VLC at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre (VIRCC)
VLC operates a special program for adult literacy at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre at Wilkinson Road. This provides some of the most gratifying results, as inmates work toward high school equivalency or other educational goals. Volunteers work under the direction of a professional teacher. They help groups of inmates with classroom work, and also do some one on one tutoring to help inmates achieve specific learning goals. Read more here (link to 'VIRCC program').
VLC is a small organisation, and volunteer help for administrative work is appreciated. Volunteers can help in general administration, media relations, database work, grant writing, or event planning and logistics. On occasion the Board may ask a volunteer with particular expertise to join one of its committees.