Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Volunteer Opportunities

You can make a significant impact by helping adults in our community improve their literacy skills. Volunteers tutor with The READ Center in locations throughout Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield.

If you would like to learn more, complete the registration form and attend an upcoming orientation session.

Become a READ Center Tutor

Upcoming Volunteer Orientations and Trainings

At Volunteer Orientation, you’ll learn more about The READ Center and what it’s like to be an adult literacy tutor. Orientations are held at The READ Center Office:

  • January 30, 2019 10:00am-Noon
  • February 6, 2019 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • March 6, 2019 10:00am-Noon
  • March 13, 2019 6:00pm-8:00pm

Tutor Training is held on Saturdays at various locations. You’ll have an opportunity to sign up for a training session at Orientation. 

  • December 8, 2018 9:00-4:30pm at CHAT, 3015 N St, Richmond, VA 23223.
  • March 9, 2019 9:00-4:30pm at a location to be determined.
  • April 13, 2019 9:00-4:30pm at a location to be determined.

Tutor Requirements

Tutors are asked to make a one-year commitment of at least two hours per week

Tutors must be 18 years of age or older, and have a high school diploma or GED.

Training and Ongoing Support

The eight-hour training program covers the components of reading and lesson planning.

Professional teachers support tutors placed in classrooms, and all tutors have access to educational resources and the READ library to support their work with students.

Professional development opportunities are also available.

Tutor Spotlight

How long have you volunteered with The READ Center? After retiring in 2015, I immediately contacted the Read Center and enrolled in the first available tutor training classes. I...

Tutor Spotlight

How long have you volunteered with The READ Center? It will be five years in February. What is your current volunteer role? My current role with The Read Center is tutor. What...