Volunteer Policy


As a community-based organization, Kingston Literacy maintains its programs with the help of many able volunteers. Much of the one-to-one tutoring and fund raising work could not be sustained without the commitment of time, creativity and energy of our volunteers.

Kingston Literacy does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, colour, religion, social status or sexual orientation. All volunteer applicants will be welcomed at orientation sessions or interviewed individually. However, applicants must be able to fulfil the requirements of the positions in a way that benefits the client services and the operation of the organization. The staff reserve the right to assign tasks, particularly tutoring tasks, on this basis. If a prospective volunteer is considered to be unsuitable for a position he or she has applied for, suggestions will be made for alternative volunteer work, either within the organization or with other agencies. Confidentiality will be maintained.

Staff at Kingston Literacy will provide:

  • A tutor training course (approx. 16 hours)
  • Ongoing support and feedback on performance and progress.
  • Information about professional development, workshops, and literacy events.
  • An open door to new ideas and suggestions about Kingston Literacy & Skills’ operation and program development.
  • Recognition and respect for the value of volunteer efforts.
  • Respect for confidentiality of volunteer files.
  • A letter of reference upon request.


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