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Why volunteer? 

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?" 
                                                  - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do you remember who taught you how to read? Or the feeling you had when you read your first book or passed your first math test? You can pay it forward and support someone in your community to be their best. All it takes is some time and commitment. For more information please contact us at or call us at 336-230-2223.

These are our current volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer Tutor

Time Commitment: 3-4 hours/week with one-year commitment.
Duties:  Assist adult students to improve their literacy skills by leading a small group of students in a class or tutor an adult one-on-one. Reading Connections offers instruction for a variety of topics including reading, computer skills, English conversation, and math.
Requirements: GED or High School Diploma, must be at least 18 years old.
Location: Reading Connections offices or other public sites in Guilford County. Click to see a list of recommended meeting places.
Training: Volunteer tutors must complete a three-part training before tutoring. Please see the calendar for upcoming training dates. 

Literacy Corrections (Detention Center) Program Instructors

Time Commitment: 2-4 hours/week, one-year commitment requested.
Duties: Literacy instruction includes lessons in reading, writing, math and, when possible, computer use.
Location: Reading Connections provides adult literacy classes in the Detention Center in Greensboro at 201 South Edgeworth Street. Current class times are Tues/Thurs 2:30-4:00 pm and Thurs 9:00-10:30 am.
Training:   We provide volunteers with orientation, resources, and training one month before class assignment. Volunteers shadow a seasoned instructor as part of training. A background check is required.

Student Program Assistant (English for Speakers of Other Languages [ESOL] or Adult Basic Education Programs)

Time Commitment: 4-6 hours/week, 4-month minimum.
Duties: Assist program coordinators in the office with student orientations, assessments, student/tutor support, data entry, and other office tasks as needed.
Location: At the Greensboro or High Point Reading Connections office during regular business hours.
Skills: Dependability, organization, willingness to fill in gaps, and interact with students and tutors.

Administrative Volunteer

Time Commitment: 1-2 hours/week, 4-month minimum.
Duties: Assist staff in the office with daily reception and administrative activities.
Location:  At the Reading Connections' office during regular daytime and evening office hours.
Skills: Dependability, organization, willingness to fill in gaps and interact with students.

Family Literacy Volunteer

Time Commitment: 2-3 hours/week, with 3-month commitment.
Duties:  Assist child instructors with the facilitation of literacy activities for children ages 0-10 and support Pre-K through 5th grade students with homework help. This is a great opportunity for individuals seeking to work with children in an educational setting or for students with backgrounds in Education.
Location: Locations in Greensboro and High Point.
Skills: Dependability, organization, punctuality, willingness to perform a variety of tasks as needed.

Adult Literacy Career Coach Volunteer

Purpose of Position: To work in collaboration with a student's literacy tutor to provide resources, guidance, and one-on-one support to adult literacy students looking for employment.
Time Commitment: 1-2 hours/week, with 6-month commitment.

  • Experience working with adults on resume writing, interview skills, job searches, and/or other career tasks
  • Interest in working with adult learners at various levels of literacy
  • Interest in working with culturally diverse adult learners
  • Excellent reading and writing skills—including grammar and spelling
  • Patience and flexibility
  • Reliable

Duties:  Work with adult literacy students who are unemployed or underemployed and seeking employment. The volunteer will be responsible for supporting students in career exploration activities, job searches, completing applications, preparing for interviews, creating resumes and cover letters, and other career related activities. All activities completed will need to be tracked and reported to the volunteer coordinator.
Location: Greensboro or High Point office.
Skills:  Experience in human resources, career counseling, or career placement preferred. Please attach your resume with application.

Computer Instructor

Purpose: To work with students on a one-to-one basis or in small groups to improve their basic computer skills.
Time Commitment: 2 hours/week, with a 3-month commitment.
Duties: Work one-on-one or with small groups of students on basic computer skills.
Location: Greensboro or High Point computer labs.
Skills: Dependability, patience, a willingness to work with students at various learning levels.
Training: Training will be provided.

"I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people."                                                   -Maya Angelou