Volunteering 2018-09-09T20:04:54+00:00

reader 1 copy 5X7Volunteers are the backbone of Salt Spring Literacy and we welcome everyone’s contributions in a variety of areas. They are: Adult Tutoring, One-to-One Reading (in elementary schools), Friendly Readers (with seniors) and the Giant Book Sale.

Adult Tutoring

Our free adult literacy tutoring program depends on a network of volunteer tutors who are willing to devote time on a regular basis to help learners facing challenges with literacy. This could be with reading, writing, math, learning English, or working on coursework. 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 upon. The tutor and learner work closely on a regular basis to achieve these goals.

An interview is required for all potential tutors, plus a criminal record check. After completing an orientation, tutors will be matched with an adult learner based on the tutors’ preferences.

We also provide ongoing professional development for all tutors, as well as opportunities to connect with other tutors.

If you are interested in tutoring or want more information, contact Stella Weinert, Coordinator, Salt Spring Literacy, at 250-537-9717 or sweinert@saltspringliteracy.org

One-To-One Reading

Our One-To-One Reading program sends volunteer tutors into local elementary schools twice a year in October and February for 12-week support sessions for students. Training and a handbook is provided. Tutors volunteer once a week to listen to students read and gently coach them on reading strategies. Sessions are 1 hour long. Other tutors volunteer to be “sub” tutors, going in when regular volunteers are away.

If you are interested in tutoring or want more information, contact Louise Shelly, One-To-One Reading Coordinator, at 250-537-9717 or lshelly@saltspringliteracy.org

Friendly Readers

Our Friendly Readers program sends volunteers into seniors’ residences to read to seniors who can no longer do so due to visual or cognitive difficulties, providing both literacy and social benefits. If you’d like to help enrich someone’s life, give us a call.

To find out more or to sign up, contact Stella Weinert, Coordinator, Salt Spring Literacy, at 250-537-9717 or sweinert@saltspringliteracy.org

Giant Book Sale

Our Giant Book Sale and Jewels For Literacy fundraisers are held in November. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks for the book sale, starting in the spring of each year.

To volunteer for the book sale, contact Inma Segura, Administrative Assistant, 250-537-9717 or

info@saltspringliteracy.org