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September 23, 2018

Love to Read? Become a Literacy Volunteers Tutor


Shown is a volunteer tutor, Nancy, working with LVOC learner, Denise.  “Additional volunteer tutors are always needed!” said Jane Murphy, LVOC executive director. Day and evening trainings are being offered.  For more information on our literacy training programs, please contact LVOC at 342-8839.

Shown is a volunteer tutor, Nancy, working with LVOC learner, Denise. “Additional volunteer tutors are always needed!” said Jane Murphy, LVOC executive director. Day and evening trainings are being offered. For more information on our literacy training programs, please contact LVOC at 342-8839.

Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County, Inc. (LVOC) is seeking volunteer tutors who would enjoy helping adults improve their basic reading, writing, math, and English Language skills. Tutors for English Language Learners (ELL) do not need to speak a foreign language.

WHY volunteer as an LVOC tutor? “Literacy arouses hopes, not only in society as a whole but also in the individual who is striving for fulfillment, happiness and personal benefit by learning how to read and write” (UNESCO Institute for Education). One in five adults in Oswego County struggle with completing everyday activities due to low literacy skills.

Tutors must be high school graduates and be able to meet for 2 hours per week in a public location in their community. Volunteers must have patience and be sensitive to a variety of learning styles and ethnic backgrounds.

LVOC tutors complete 18-hours of training which includes how to teach adults basic literacy skills. As a certified tutor, you will be matched with another adult at a public place convenient to you both and during the times you are available to tutor. “You will be teaching basic literacy or other skills with materials and assistance provided to you by our office,” said Jane Murphy, LVOC executive director. “We currently have a waiting list so one of those learners could be waiting just for you.”

We have two trainings scheduled for February and March, one during the day and one in the evening. The dates for the daytime training are February 23, 25, March 2 & 4, 2010 from 9am to 2pm. The dates for the evening training are March 8, 10, 15, 22, 24 and the 29, 2010 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Training will be held in the LVOC office at Pathfinder Bank, 34 East Bridge Street, Suite 301. Orientation is available on-line as soon as registration is complete and must be finished prior to being signed up for the classes.

Volunteers interested in this exciting program can call 342-8839 or visit www.lvoswego.org. LVOC is a member agency of United Way of Greater Oswego County.

One Response “Love to Read? Become a Literacy Volunteers Tutor”

  1. February 26, 2010 at 11:12 am

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