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Every year, the Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) brings 2,500 volunteers into K-to-12 classrooms, across all four school boards, to help educators further the academic success and well-being of their students. We know, and research confirms, that students who have a positive experience in school, are more likely to complete high school, and pursue post-secondary studies. Our volunteers aim to be that positive influence.

ONFE’s Volunteers in Education program recruits, screens, and trains volunteers to provide vital one-to-one support to students with a variety of learning challenges (e.g., learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, English language learners, and more). Our volunteers help with a variety of academic subjects, clubs and activities.  

OttawaReads is an Employee Supported Volunteer Program that connects corporate and organizational reading teams with an elementary school near their office. Each week, volunteers read aloud to children to support the development essential early literacy skills.

Every morning, before the school day begins, volunteers with the Ottawa School Breakfast Program provide thousands of hungry students with a nutritious breakfast and the chance to start their day ready to learn and on equal footing with their peers. In doing so, these volunteers support the health and well-being of local children and youth.

JA (Junior Achievement) recruits volunteers from Ottawa’s professional sectors to teach entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness skills. Volunteers facilitate real-world tasks like creating a budget, managing personal finances, exploring career pathways, and working with a team to start a small business.

Together, ONFE’s volunteer-supported programs are a valued resource for teachers, a source of skill development, experiential learning and knowledge for students from K-12, and an essential lifeline of targeted support for students that are struggling to stay afloat.