Volunteer

Our tutors work one-on-one or with small groups of students

Due to COVID-19, we have reworked our programs so that all of our volunteer opportunities can be done from home. Now, you can make a big difference in your community without leaving your house!

 

BECOME AN ONLINE TUTOR
If you believe in the love of reading and creating lasting change in your community, and if you want to give back and also see the impact that your work can make on others, then you would be perfect as one of our amazing volunteer tutors. You don’t have to be an educator – we’ll provide the training you need. You will need your own home computer or laptop and access to the Internet.

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Responsibilities
  • Complete our online tutor training
    see our schedule
  • Schedule weekly Zoom meetings with one or more students
  • Teach 2-4 hours per week with a one-year commitment
  • Meet on a schedule that works for you and your student
  • Conduct lessons online using Literacy Toolkits that we’ll provide for you
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED, and must be at least 18 years old
When you volunteer as a literacy tutor, you get the opportunity to meet someone you might not otherwise know. By supporting adults in reaching their goals, you will help us build a strong, thriving community where everyone has the ability to learn, grow and succeed.

“Getting to know my students and sharing in their growth is the best part of volunteering with Reading Connections. Giving back to the community and people who want to learn is a true joy in your heart.”

–Trisha Minnix, ESOL tutor

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Virtual Literacy Coach

Some of our students do not have access to technology, so we provide them with self-paced learning packets. Literacy coaches check in with students working on literacy packets 1-2 times a week over the phone and offer guidance and support when needed. Sessions typically last from 15 minutes to one hour. Training is provided.

Virtual  Student Intake Assistant

Able to conduct client interviews at intake, conduct remote literacy assessments over the computer or phone, collect and report data, and complete all essential paperwork. This position requires the volunteer to have their own computer and high speed Internet, along with strong customer service and interpersonal relations skills. Must be willing to work with clients who have limited literacy and/or English skills, many of whom are from different language and cultural backgrounds. Training is provided. We are looking for multiple volunteers willing to serve 4-10 hours per week.

Virtual Career Coach

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. Experience working with adults on resume writing, interview skills, job searches, and/or other career tasks is required. Volunteer for 1-2 hours per week with a 6-month commitment.

Volunteer career coaches needed with the following experience to guide our wonderful students in the areas of:
  • Entrepreneurialism / Restaurant Business Acumen
  • Accounting
  • Law
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Pharmacy
  • Nursing
Virtual Program Volunteer or Intern

Assist program coordinators in the office with student orientations, assessments, student/tutor support, data entry, and other office tasks as needed. Work requirements are 4-6 hours per week.

Virtual Family Literacy Volunteer

Assist instructors with the facilitation of literacy activities for children ages one to 10 years of age and support Pre-K through 5th grade students with homework help. This is a great opportunity for individuals who want to work with children in an educational setting or for college students with an interest in education.

Volunteer Lesson Developer

Assist staff with generating lesson packets that students can work on remotely. Lessons would need to align with content standards and life-based competencies. Experience with curriculum development / lesson planning would be helpful.  This is a great opportunity for teachers in training, TESOL students, working and retired teachers.