Volunteer with READ

How do you help people who don’t want to be found?

This question was asked in a recent article about a woman, Denise O’Neal, who is sharing her literacy struggles in the hopes it will help others get the help they need. Denise did not begin her advocacy for adult literacy willingly. “For most of her life, Denise O’Neal did a good job hiding her secret from the world. Then in 2006, when she struggled to read a Dr. Seuss book to her 3-year-old son, her secret was out.” Denise with the...

Thank you to all READ Center Volunteers

Thank you READ Center Volunteers! Volunteers come to The READ Center because of their love of reading and their desire to help people in their community. They stay because of the passion they develop for helping people achieve their literacy goals and the relationships they develop with READ students.   “I have done literacy tutoring in the past and it was one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done.” – Joshua “I have a strong desire to spread...

Redesigning Volunteer Training

Since July 2018, READ tutors have volunteered over 5,000 hours which equates to about 20 hours per day of volunteer service. We are so grateful to our more than 100 current volunteers and amazed by the number of individuals in the community who contact us each week to become a volunteer. On average, READ receives 10 volunteer interest forms a week from individuals who read about our work in the newspaper or social media, or who know a current volunteer who...

Tutor Spotlight

1. How long have you volunteered with The READ Center? I began volunteering at the READ Center on November 1st, 2018. 2. What is your current volunteer role? (i.e. tutor in class, admin support, etc.)  I’m a classroom tutor on Thursday nights from 6:30-8:30 PM in Ms. Leslie Harper’s class. 3. What motivates you to work with READ?  What motivates me to give back is the chance to help multiple students develop fundamental skills that I’ve frankly taken for granted over so many years. The READ...

Tutor Spotlight

After retiring I made a decision to volunteer and give back to society.  A person I knew once said, “If you are not giving back to society, you are just taking space.”  I have had the pleasure of working on committees at church, reading to kindergarteners, mentoring elementary school students, data entry at Red Cross, Senior Medicare Patrol, and project: Homes building ramps for low-income handicapped persons which I enjoyed most. Next to building the ramps I have found the most...

Tutor Spotlight

1. 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 knew this was something I wanted to do for quite a while. I am very happy to be a part of this relevant and important organization. 2. What is your current volunteer role? (i.e. tutor in class, admin support, etc.)  Because of the various program opportunities available, I began tutoring at St. Phillips...

Say Goodbye To 2018 And Hello To 2019

A new year brings new hope, new dreams, and new resolutions. The first semester of the 2018-2019 academic year got off to a good start. As we ended the first semester and 2018, here are some READ Center highlights: 81 students received 2,736 hours of instruction. 113 volunteer tutors contributed 1,531 hours of time and caring. In November, 8 student representatives met as the first READ Center Student Council. 1 student earned her Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) certification and another passed her Medication Aide course. 156 student goals were...

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 motivates you to work with READ? Having a chance to make a positive difference in someone’s life, is what motivates me. Do you have a favorite memory of volunteering with READ? There have been so many fond memories that it’s really hard for me to pick a favorite. If you could encourage someone else to volunteer...

READing the Bible by Kay McCall

“I want to read this book more than anything else in this world, but it is just so hard.” “I think I’m going to quit my Sunday school class.  I keep getting called on to read, and everybody can see I can’t do it.” “I looked for Psalms in my Bible, but I couldn’t find it.  Psalms begins with an ‘S,’ right?” “I want to be a leader in my church, but I’ve got to be able to read this book.” READ Center Students...

The READ Center Helps Adults Map a Path to Literacy

Last week, READ Center teacher Janet led a discussion about the famous Captain John Smith. After reading Smith’s biography in an easy-to-read information book that included, fun facts, trivia, and activities. The class then began a short lesson on the history of the first permanent English settlement in the New World, Jamestown, Virginia. In addition to learning about Jamestown and John Smith, READ students also had a lesson on world geography. With a world map in front of them, they navigated...