Most volunteers want to tutor an adult learner one-on-one. Below you’ll find information about becoming a tutor and other volunteer opportunities we hope you’ll consider. When you are ready to schedule an orientation, please submit a volunteer information form.
READERS AND WRITERS
Readers record themselves reading public domain stories (stories that are out of copyright), that we add to our Talking Library. This is a simple role that only requires you have someone way to record and email your voice. You can do it from anywhere in the world! Email email@example.com if you are interested.
Writers create their own short, original stories for our adult learners to use in practicing their reading. If you have a short story you’d like to give to us to be put up as part of the Talking Library, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tutors provide one-on-one basic reading and writing instruction to an adult 18 years of age or older. They also help students acquire basic literacy, workforce readiness, and soft skills to utilize in order to meet self-identified goals. Approximately 6 hours of orientation and training is required. Also, we ask for a minimum 1-year term of service. During the year, tutors are requested to complete one in-service training, which runs about 3 hours. Please submit a volunteer information form.
Qualifications for tutors include a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as adequate reading and writing skills. Along with a desire to teach an adult, patience and perseverance to assist learners in reaching personal reading goals, empathy and enthusiasm, and reliability to keep records to be reported to The Literacy Center in a timely manner are also ideal. Please submit a volunteer information form.
An assessor interviews students, administers skills assessment tests, and prepares reports of results. Approximate time is 2 hours per student, on an as-needed basis, and according to your availability. Tutor training and assessor training are required. Please submit a volunteer information form.
To volunteer in this area, you must have the interest and time to devote to The Literacy Center as a consultant in a particular area of non-profit operation. In addition, you must be able to attend bi-monthly board meetings, and participation in appropriate sub-committee meetings is requested. Please submit a volunteer information form.
To volunteer on a committee we ask that you assist us with organizing and making our events successful. The time commitment is likely to be an hour or two a week for a period of two to three months.
SIP ‘N SPELL SCRABBLE® Tournament(annual event)
A committee person will help organize the event, assist with securing sponsors and marketing the event. They will also assist with securing the many volunteers needed for the day of the event, including score and time keepers, concession help, and auction help. Please complete a volunteer information form to schedule an orientation.
Online Auction (annual event)
A committee person will secure donations for the online event. as well as marketing the event. Please complete a volunteer information form to schedule an orientation.
This volunteer would have a regular weekly schedule (minimum 2 hours per week) at The Literacy Center. Duties would include answering phones, making appointments for students, and assisting with special projects that focus on your talents and expertise. An outgoing, helpful personality is best for this position. Please submit a volunteer information form.
LITERACY LAB/COMPUTER LAB
This volunteer could have a regular weekly schedule (minimum 1 hour per week) at The Literacy Center. This would include assisting students in the computer lab. The software is Reading Horizons and has a program just for volunteers to learn how to utilize it. A friendly, patient individual is best for this position. Please submit a volunteer information form.