“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

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.

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:

  • September 11, 2019 at 6:00 pm
  • September 18, 2019 at 10:00 am
  • November 6, 2019 at 6:00 pm
  • November 13, 2019 at 10:00 am
  • March 11, 2020 at 6:00 pm
  • March 18, 2020 at 10:00 am

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

  • October 12, 2019
  • December 7, 2019
  • April 4, 2020

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 and the READ library to support their work with students.

Professional development opportunities are also available.

Volunteer Spotlight