VOLUNTEERING with Friends of Literacy.
If you have any specific questions, please call our office or submit an email through our website here.
1. Where will I be volunteering?
Office volunteers and classroom aides work at our office, while one-on-one tutors may choose to meet with their students either at FOL or at more convenient public locations. That is a decision to be made by the tutor and student, in consultation with our staff. For Tennessee Valley Reads, volunteers work at the our office or at one of the satellite locations.
2. What is the schedule like?
Office volunteers can choose to work in the morning or afternoon, typically one shift per week. Classroom aides have morning, afternoon, and evening options. Tutors have flexibility based on what works best for them and their students.
3. Will I be tutoring on my own, or will I have help?
All FOL volunteers are trained and given the resources they need to be successful. Most of our instructional volunteers begin by tutoring at our office or assisting a teacher. As noted above, one-on-one tutors may choose to meet with their students either at FOL or at more convenient public locations. You will never be asked to volunteer in any way that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
4. I've never been a tutor before. Is that ok?
Absolutely! All it takes to be a good tutor is time and a willingness to help (along with meeting our basic requirements). Our students benefit greatly from knowing that you are learning alongside them. If you care about people and are looking for meaningful volunteer work, we want you!
5. Will I have to tutor anyone in subject areas in which I do not feel confident?
No. You may choose to tutor in a single subject area--reading, language arts, or math.