The Economic Value of Volunteers in Community Literacy Agencies in Ontario (1998)

Community Literacy of Ontario has just released the findings of this project. Research was conducted through surveys and focus groups with volunteers in Anglophone community literacy agencies in Ontario.

Research highlights include:
Nearly 10,000 volunteers are involved in Anglophone community literacy agencies throughout Ontario. The Ontario training system gains nearly $9 million worth of work annually from literacy volunteers. Three quarters of literacy volunteers regularly incur out-of-pocket expenses. On average, literacy volunteers who have regular expenses spend $390.40 annually.

The annual estimated value of out-of-pocket expenditures in Anglophone community literacy agencies in Ontario is $2.2 million dollars. On average, volunteers have committed over three and a half years to literacy.
77% of literacy volunteers indicated they were acquiring skills which applied to other parts of their lives.
89% said that learning new skills was "very important" or "somewhat important". However, only 68% had acquired new skills during the course of volunteering with literacy agencies.
60% indicated that they would not give more time even if they received some compensation for their efforts.
75% noted they were "very satisfied" with their experience as volunteers.
A further 24% were somewhat satisfied.
28% of literacy volunteers felt that volunteers do not get recognition they deserve.

The single most important value of volunteering expressed was to help others help themselves. CLO wants to thank the literacy volunteers and literacy coordinators who assisted with the surveys and focus groups for this project.

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. The Economic Value of Volunteers in Community Literacy Agencies in Ontario 1998. Web. 25 Feb. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/litweb/province/on/clo/resource/Value/Cover.htm>
(1998). The Economic Value of Volunteers in Community Literacy Agencies in Ontario. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/litweb/province/on/clo/resource/Value/Cover.htm
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