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Get involved with the Hamilton Literacy Council. From becoming a volunteer tutor to joining our board, there are many ways you can use your time and skills to help support adult literacy in Hamilton.

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Become a volunteer tutor

We’re always looking for new volunteer tutors to support our program, and no experience is necessary. We’ll provide you with training, resources, and ongoing support. After your training and 30 hours of tutoring experience, volunteer tutors are eligible to receive a Laubach Literacy Ontario Tutor Certificate. If you’re interested in becoming a tutor, please get in touch with our team.

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How to Become a Volunteer

Please contact us for an Orientation session.
Our next Tutor training workshop will be:
Spring, 2024. (Dates to be decided)
2 Saturdays, 9:00 – 4:00, must attend both days

Step 1: Contact Us

Email us at or call 905-529-9907

Step 2: Attend an Orientation Session

A member of the HLC team will contact you by phone to arrange a date for your orientation session. At this session, you will:

  • learn more about the Literacy Council
  • hear volunteer responsibilities and rights
  • complete a written skills assessment
  • discover if this is the right volunteer opportunity for you

Step 3: Attend the Basic Training Workshop

After orientation, you will attend two 6-hour training workshops. You are required to attend both sessions and after 30 hours of tutoring, you will be eligible for certification as a Laubach Literacy Ontario Tutor.

Tutor FAQs

What is the time commitment?

We ask all volunteer tutors to commit to approximately four hours of tutoring per week for one year.

What qualifications do I need to become a tutor?

A tutor needs excellent communication skills (particularly speaking and writing), patience, and empathy. A complete position description is included in the Volunteer Tutor information package. A written skills assessment is completed at Orientation.

Will I be matched with a student as soon as I finish the training workshop?

If we have a student who is a good fit for you, you will be matched shortly after training is completed.

Where does the tutoring take place?

In the tutoring rooms at our office location or at a nearby library.

Please note – the YWCA closes at 4:00 on Sundays.
Please call the YWCA at 905 529-9922 for holiday hours

Help shape our mission

Join the HLC board

We frequently look for new Board members, specifically those with a background in Financial Management, Legal and Governance, and Leadership. If you are interested, please get in touch to learn more about applying,

Board duties

HLC board member responsibilities

Joining the board of the Hamilton Literacy Council offers a unique opportunity to contribute your expertise, skill and experience to drive meaningful change within our organization. If you’re interested in becoming a board member, please contact our team.

Each member of the board is required to fulfill the following obligations:

  • Attend the Annual General Meeting (held in June) and nine regular monthly meetings. Meetings are held on the last Wednesday evening of the month (no meetings are held in July, August or December).
  • Come to meetings prepared (review agenda and supporting materials), and actively participate in the meeting discussions.
  • Be knowledgeable about the HLC – its mission, strategic plan, programs, by-laws, policies, operations, finances, challenges, and opportunities. Training for new members will be provided.
  • Understand the boundaries of your role as an advisor on a policy governance board and that of the Executive Director and staff.
  • Abide by all conflict of interest and confidentiality policies of the HLC.
  • Participate on at least one subcommittee.
  • Participate in social functions and other events sponsored by the HLC when your schedule allows.
  • Promote and communicate with others about the work of the organization, and show your support for the organization when talking with others.
  • Pay an annual HLC membership fee of $15.
  • Commit to a minimum of two years (maximum four two-year terms).
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