How to Get Involved With the Literacy Volunteers of America

Three Methods:Teaching and Tutoring OpportunitiesAdministrative Volunteer OpportunitiesOther Ways You Can Help

The Literacy Volunteers of America work to improve the lives of both children and adults through the power of reading. Through tutoring and group discussions, volunteers help those struggling to learn to read or master the English language. You can get involved with numerous Literacy Volunteers of America opportunities by applying on the organization's website.

Method 1
Teaching and Tutoring Opportunities

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    Tutor a small group or single person in basic literacy. There are also opportunities to tutor those learning English as a second language.
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    Teach literacy in the workplace to those who need to improve their English. This class focuses on teaching vocabulary that workers in specific fields need to know. It also provides workers with materials they need to master their job.
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    Read to children as part of an after-school program. Literacy volunteers are not only positive role models, but also foster kids' interest in reading from a young age.
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    Teach financial literacy and money management techniques. In addition to reading skills, literacy volunteers teach practical ways to develop a budget and savings plan, as wells as checking and savings account basics.
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    Help people earn their General Education Diploma (GED) by preparing them to take the required state tests.
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    Become a reading mentor and donate 1 hour of your time each week to read to elementary school students who are struggling to learn to read.
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    Have phone conversations to help people who are learning English practice conversational skills and expand their vocabulary.
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    Lead tutor workshops. Training workshops are designed to give Literacy Volunteers tutors the skills they need to teach, and also the encouragement to stick with tutoring when success doesn't come easily.

Method 2
Administrative Volunteer Opportunities

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    Stuff envelopes, file paperwork and enter data at your Literacy Volunteers of America office. This kind of behind-the-scenes work helps the organization deliver services efficiently.
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    Be a stand-by information technology specialist or computer networking repairman for your local office Literacy Volunteers of America.
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    Become a board member. As a board member, you'll have the opportunity to direct programs and develop new programs at your local Literacy Volunteers of America organization.
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    Serve on an ad-hoc committee for Literacy Volunteers of America. You might take part in a finance, program, public relations or resource development committee. A Literacy Volunteers of America chapter might also form special committees for a specific fundraiser, to address employment issues or to prepare for accreditation.
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    Assemble a scrapbook for your local Literacy Volunteers of America chapter to use a promotional tool.

Method 3
Other Ways You Can Help

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    Make a tax-deductible donation that Literacy Volunteers of America can use to purchase supplies and deliver services.
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    Plan a fund-raising event. You might host a dinner, barbecue, dessert, or wine and cheese party on behalf of your local Literacy Volunteers of America chapter.
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    Write your elected representatives and ask them to support literacy education legislation.
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    Organize a book swap event, book bingo or other social event to get children and adults interested in reading.

Tips

  • You don't have to be a certified teacher to become a Literacy Volunteer tutor. However, you must be able to speak and write in English. You must also complete training and orientation before you start.
  • Your time commitment will depend on the type of volunteer work you do with a Literacy Volunteers of America chapter. Tutoring can require from just 1 hour a week to several. Each chapter has its own policies, procedures and programs that detail volunteer commitments.

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