“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Audrey Hepburn

Volunteer Opportunities

Every individual READ tutor makes our work possible. We are grateful for our dedicated group of volunteers and to the hundreds of individuals interested in offering their support and compassion to our students.

The READ Center is now accepting volunteer applications. Tutor trainings and orientations have been postponed until Fall 2020 due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be involved! Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates and check our events page for other ways to support READ.

Click here information about how READ is handling the coronavirus and how it will affect volunteers.

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, registration is required upon submitting a volunteer application:

  • March dates have been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Basic Tutor Training is held on Saturdays at various locations. Prospective volunteers must complete orientation and a classroom observation prior to attending training.

  • Tutor Trainings and classroom observations have been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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.

Communicate frequently with staff and submit monthly tutor reports.

Training and Ongoing Support

Basic tutor training program covers the components of reading and goal setting.

Professional teachers support tutors placed in classrooms, and all tutors have access to educational resources 

Professional development opportunities are strongly encouraged.

Volunteer Spotlight