Volunteers for Friends of Literacy can serve as tutors in one or more of our programs. Volunteer tutors attend an orientation session and complete training before being matched with students. Then, they receive follow-up support and the option to attend in-service trainings throughout their tutoring commitment.
Additionally, we have short-term volunteer opportunities for those who cannot make the commitment to become a tutor and for tutors who want to get more involved. Volunteers can help at one of our annual events, like Family Literacy Nights or the fall East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame Gala. We also occasionally need office, graphic design, or IT assistance.
Adult Literacy Tutor
Adult Literacy tutors work with adults who have basic or below basic reading skills. On average, tutors in this program work with students for 3 hours a week, in either one or two sessions. Adult Literacy tutors commit to working with their students for at least one year.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Tutor
ESOL tutors work with adults in our Literacy for English Language Learners program. These students come to the Friends of Literacy at various English language skill levels but are working to improve their ability to read, write, and converse in English. On average, tutors in this program work with students for one, two-hour session each week. ESOL tutors commit to working with their students for at least one year.
Adult Basic Education (ABE)Tutor
Adult Basic Education tutors work with adults whose functional education level is below 9th grade. Tutors in this program work with students for one to two, two-hour sessions each week. ABE tutors commit to working with their students for at least six months.