Prospective volunteers often say “I’m not a trained teacher.” “I don’t speak Spanish.” “I can’t explain grammar rules!” Our program is designed so that you don’t have to be an education or language expert. The best literacy tutors are above all thoughtful listeners. A curiosity about how others learn and live leads to an exchange where both the student and the tutor learn from each other. Adult learners and their tutors are always partners, not unequal participants, in the learning process.
Prospective volunteers should call for an appointment to meet the coordinator, receive a short overview of the program and fill out the Volunteer Service Agreement (.pdf, 57 KB). Read the Volunteer Tutor Handbook (.pdf, 788 KB) to see if our program sounds like a good fit for you. Look at the Student Handbooks to see what we expect from our students. Tutors are expected to attend at least 2 three-hour trainings each year.
Volunteering as a literacy tutor is a rewarding activity that helps individuals and contributes to the well-being of our community. If you would like to learn more about our programs, become a volunteer, or direct someone to us who might benefit from our services, please call or email Eileen Purcell @ 503-338-2557.
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