Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering helps everyone!

Benefits for Students

  • Students gain exposure to a wide range of life experiences which adds to a positive learning environment.
  • Students receive more individual attention, support and encouragement. This helps them to overcome obstacles, increase motivation and develop self-confidence.
  • Students benefit from expanded services in libraries, labs, lunch rooms and other non-classroom activities.

Benefits for Teachers

  • Teachers can delegate tasks for the provision of extra help and support for designated groups or individuals.
  • Teachers can expand programs to meet the changing needs of their students.
  • New experiences, interests and skills are brought to the classroom by the volunteers.

Benefits for Volunteers

  • Volunteers derive satisfaction from making an important contribution to the school community.
  • Volunteers receive recognition, affection and respect of students and staff for their contribution.
  • University and college volunteers apply classroom experience towards career choices and post-graduate studies.
  • Volunteers develop new skills, new opportunities for networking and new friendships.

Benefits for the School

  • The presence of the school in the community is enhanced when volunteers become advocates for the children and the staff.
  • Positive partnerships between school and community are effective public relations tools.

A third-party evaluation has demonstrated the impact of the OVIE program: Community Partners in Education: Measuring the Impact of Ottawa Volunteers in Education Program in Ottawa by The Centre for Voluntary Sector Research & Development.


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Anne Brouillard
Program Coordinator, Ottawa Volunteers in Education
613 366-3085 ext. 255

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Lee-Ann Scott, CVA
Director, Ottawa Volunteers in Education
613 366-3085 ext. 253

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