An information session is being held today for volunteers for the Outreach Literacy program in Haliburton County. It’s a program that’s been offered for ten years in the county, and program coordinator Debbie Hamilton explains what it’s about:

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People 19 years or older with a literacy level at or below three can sign up for the program. Hamilton explains participants go through an assessment process at the John Howard Society before being entered into the program. She says the most important thing is for people to have a goal in mind, whether that’s employment, high school credits, post-secondary, apprenticeship or independence.

Hamilton says she needs at least five volunteers for the program, which usually has about 30 to 40 people signed up. Volunteers commit two to four hours a week and Hamilton asks for them to sign on for six months to one year. The tutoring sessions take place at the John Howard Society in Minden or the Dysart library. She explains what she’s looking for in a volunteer:

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The information session is at the Dysart library branch this morning at 10:30. Another one will be at the John Howard Society in Minden on Wednesday February 11 at ten o’clock in the morning. Hamilton describes what people can expect from the session:

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Anyone looking for more information about volunteering or participating in the program can contact Debbie Hamilton at the John Howard Society. Contact information can be found below:

705-328-0472 ext. 925

1-888-665-6615 ext. 935