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How to Volunteer

You can make a difference!

You can help someone improve his or her reading skills to succeed in school or employment. You can help a new Northwest Indiana resident learn to read and write English. Be a volunteer tutor!

Volunteer tutors are needed in many learning centers throughout Northwest Indiana. Adult education departments, libraries and literacy organizations can provide you with the training you need to be an effective tutor.

Tutors typically volunteer 1 – 2 hours per week. Each potential tutor is carefully screened, talks with the student’s teacher or the tutor director, meets with “their” student(s), and then begins helping the student on a regular scheduled basis. Tutoring is usually done at the facility of the literacy organization. 
Tutors come from many backgrounds and experiences. A willingness and commitment to help students are most important. Tutors do not need a college degree, formal tutoring training, no do they have to speak a foreign language in order to tutor English.

To find out more about tutoring opportunities in your community, complete the Contact Form. For the safety and security of all concerned, each tutor applicant is carefully interviewed and screened. Policies of the specific educational organization dictate the screening process.
You can also help advance literacy in Northwest Indiana in other ways. Volunteers are needed on local literacy coalition boards, to help with community literacy awareness campaigns, to assist local educational organizations with mailings, etc. and in other ways.

Many businesses support literacy through contributions to the Northwest Indiana Literacy Coalition, Inc., through donations to special events, by providing scholarships, or through support of literacy programs such as the Annual Executive Spelling Bee.

For more information on “How You Can Help!” complete the Form below. Be sure and leave your email address or phone number.