Literacy Network
701 Dane St.
Madison, WI 53713
Phone 608-244-3911
Email jeff@litnetwork.org
Thu, Aug 17, 2017
For Volunteers

GED Tutoring (fall semester, Wed evenings)
ESL Tutoring Coach (fall semester, Tue/Wed mornings)
ESL Tutoring: Community Literacy
Basic Literacy Tutoring: SCALE
Run/Walk Volunteers Needed Sunday, September 24
Run for Literacy Planning Team Member
Other ideas


"Helping someone learn how to read has been one of the most enriching experiences of my life...This work has helped me be a better human being." - Literacy Network Tutor

Literacy Network is a non-profit organization in Madison, WI, made up of teachers, volunteers, and donors working to improve adult literacy in Dane County. We offer a wide variety of programs to help adults improve their reading, writing and English skills so that they can read to their children or help with homework, fill out a job application, understand a medicine label, or speak with a doctor about a health concern.

Volunteers are essential to our work, whether it's helping with data entry, childcare, or tutoring an adult learner. Each year, hundreds of trained volunteer tutors help more than 1,000 local adults improve their literacy -and you could be one of them!



Page last updated 8/16/2017

Please read through these listings carefully so you understand the position you are applying for. Most positions require a weekly commitment for an entire semester; for one-time or group opportunities, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Our literacy programs serve adults, so we are only able to accept adults (18+) as volunteers. We also require our volunteer tutors to:

  • Be reliable, patient, and kind
  • Speak, read, and write English fluently (all ESL tutoring is done in English.)
  • Have regular access to email and the internet
  • Watch our orientation video and attend training before tutoring
  • Reliably get themselves to their tutoring site *on time* every week
  • Attend their assigned 2-hr tutoring session every week for an entire semester, with no more than two absences (excluding holidays)

Every semester we have over 200 active volunteer tutors who are meeting every week with an adult needing their help. You could be one of them! Our three semesters are:

  • Spring: January-May
  • Summer: May-August
  • Fall: September-December

If you have questions about volunteering or our application process that are not addressed on this page, please contact our Director of Volunteer Services, Ms. Shawn Steen at (608) 244-3911.





GED Tutoring (fall semester, Wed evenings)

Still remember your high school algebra and history? We are looking for kind, patient academic tutors who can support adult GED students at Madison College's South Campus this fall. Develop your teaching skills while helping a local adult improve their education and chance at a better life! Our GED tutors provide one-on-one and small group tutoring to GED students for an hour of homework help before class with support of the program coordinator, then the first hour of the class under direction of the Madison College instructor. Training and support are provided.

  • We meet Wednesday nights, 4:30-6:30pm at Madison College South Campus (2238 S Park St) Aug 30-Dec 13
  • GED Tutor Training is 6:00-8:00pm Tuesday, August 29

Tutor Requirements

  • Comfortable helping someone with the following high school level academic topics (materials and support will be provided): algebra, geometry, probability and statistics, reading comprehension, essay composition, social studies, science, and civics.
  • Able to share effective study and test-taking strategies.
  • Mature, dependable, patient, and kind.
  • Non-judgmental and interculturally sensitive.

Click here to apply for our GED Tutoring program.



ESL Tutoring Coach (fall semester, Tue/Wed mornings)

Love teaching? Enjoy helping others develop their teaching skills? We're looking for ESL Tutor Coaches available 3-4hrs each week to support our pre-GED tutoring sessions at Madison College's downtown campus on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings this fall semester. You would be working with Literacy Network staff to coordinate the site/program and mentor tutors. Every week you'd be responsible for welcoming all program participants, providing encouragement and instructional support to tutors, and tracking attendance. Throughout the semester you will review tutor and learner feedback to make recommendations as necessary (suggest new teaching strategies, find extra resources for individual tutor pairs, etc). Training and textbooks/materials are provided, including pre-designated curricula to practice literacy skills for the GED.

Training: 10:30am-12:30pm Thursday, September 7
Weekly sessions: 10:30am-12:30pm Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays, Sept 26 - Dec 6

Requirements:

  • Ability to attend at least one of the weekly sessions throughout the semester, with no more than 2 absences
  • Experience teaching or tutoring adults
  • Knowledge of current second language acquisition theory and teaching methodology
  • Experience working with adults of diverse cultural, social, economic, and linguistic backgrounds
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and flexibility
  • Professional communication skills

If you are interested in this volunteer position please complete our online application here.



ESL Tutoring: Community Literacy

Community Literacy is our ESL Tutoring program, in which you sign up to tutor in a weekly 2-hour class for one semester. Each class is made up of 8 tutor/student pairs, most of whom will be working together the entire semester. Lesson plans are given to you at the beginning of class every week by the intern overseeing your class, who knows the levels and personal goals of each of the students. (You can read more about our students here.) The intern is also there to help you and your student if you have questions or get stuck! You don't need tutoring or teaching experience -just patience, kindness, and the ability to attend your class every week. You also don't need to know any other languages, since all tutoring is done in English.

Apply early, as spots fill up fast! You can apply for any semester listed below; if it ends up that all tutor spots are full, you will be added to the wait list.

FALL 2017 SEMESTER IS FULL AT THIS TIME.

FALL 2017
(Sep 18-Dec 16)
Training: (choose one)
5:30-8:00pm Wed 9/13
or 5:30-8:00pm Thu 9/14
or 9:00-11:30am Sat 9/16

SPRING 2018
(Jan 22-May 12)
Training: (choose one)
5:30-8:00pm Tue 1/16
or 5:30-8:00pm Thu 1/18
or9:00-11:30am Sat 1/20

SUMMER 2018
(June 4-Aug 25)
Training: (choose one)
5:30-8:00pm Tue 5/29
or 5:30-8:00pm Thu 5/31
or 9:00-11:30am Sat 6/2

Tutor Requirements

  • You must attend one scheduled Training session at Literacy Network before the semester begins; we do not offer alternative Training dates or one-on one Training.
  • Reliable transportation is required of all tutors. (If you are planning to take a bus to/from your tutoring sessions, please research your route ahead of time to be sure you understand the commute you are committing to.)
  • You must attend EVERY WEEK during the semester; no more than two absences is permitted. (Let your intern know any anticipated absences at the beginning of the semester.)

Volunteers tutor during the following group tutoring classes; if a class for the semester you're applying is full, you will be added to the waiting list.

  • Monday nights, 6-8pm at Literacy Network (701 Dane Street)
  • Tuesday mornings 10am-12noon at Literacy Network (Focus on Computer Literacy; tutors must be proficient in Microsoft Office)
  • Tuesday nights, 6-8pm at Literacy Network (701 Dane Street)
  • Tuesday nights, 6-8pm at Reach Dane (2096 Red Arrow Trail, Fitchburg)
  • Wednesday mornings, 9-11am at Literacy Network (701 Dane Street)
  • Wednesday nights, 6-8pm at Literacy Network (701 Dane Street)
  • Thursday nights 6-8pm at Literacy Network (701 Dane Street)(Focus on Workplace English; tutor must have bachelor's degree and experience in the workforce)
  • Saturday mornings, 9-11am at Literacy Network (701 Dane Street)

Click here to apply for our ESL Tutoring program.



Basic Literacy Tutoring: SCALE

The Skills in Computers & Literacy for Employment (SCALE) program is a Adult Basic Literacy (ABE) program in which you sign up to tutor in a weekly 2-hour class for one semester, and the classes are focused on teaching basic computer and literacy skills (vocabulary, spelling, using email, filling out online forms, or basic Word/Excel formatting). Each class is made up of 8 tutor/student pairs, and we will try to match you with the same student the entire semester. Lesson plans are given to you at the beginning of class every week by the intern overseeing your class, who knows the learning level and personal goals of each of the students. The intern is also there to help you and your student if you have questions or get stuck! You don't need tutoring or teaching experience -just comfortable knowledge of basic computer practices, patience, kindness, and the ability to attend your class every week.

You can apply for any semester listed below; if a semester is full, you will be added to the wait list:

FALL 2017 (Sep 18-Dec 15)
Training: 6-8pm Thu Sept 14

SPRING 2018 (Jan 22-May 12)
Training: 6-8pm Tue Jan 16

SUMMER 2018 (June 4-Aug 25)
Training: 6-8pm Tue May 29

Tutor Requirements

  • You must attend the scheduled Training session at Literacy Network before the semester begins; if you are unable to attend, please understand we give preference to applicants who are able to attend the scheduled training.
  • Reliable transportation is required of all tutors. (If you are planning to take a bus to/from your tutoring sessions, please research your route ahead of time to be sure you understand the commute you are committing to.)
  • You must attend EVERY WEEK during the semester; no more than two absences is permitted.

Volunteers tutor during the following classes; if a class for the semester you're applying is full, you will be added to the waiting list.

  • Tuesday nights, 6:00-8:00pm at Hawthorne Library (2707 E. Washington Ave.)
  • Tuesday nights, 6:00-8:00pm at Seven Oaks (1108 Moorland Rd)
  • Wednesday mornings, 10:30am-12:30pm at Goodman South Library (2222 S. Park St.)
  • Thursday nights, 6:00-8:00pm at Literacy Network (701 Dane Street)
  • Thursday nights, 6:00-8:00pm at Meadowridge Library (5726 Raymond Rd)

Click here to apply to tutor in our Basic Literacy tutoring program.



Run/Walk Volunteers Needed Sunday, September 24

Our Annual Run for Literacy is a fun, family/team-friendly event to get brains working and bodies moving. We have a new course that will begin and end at The Literacy Network at 701 Dane Street. Most volunteer shifts are during the race on Sunday, September 24 from 7:30-11:30am. You can help at our registration booth, as a route guide, monitoring intersections, or at the water stations. We are asking for energetic, mobile teens, adults, and families to help. If you want to sign up as a group, please note that when registering so we keep you together.

Click here to see and sign up for available shifts.



Run for Literacy Planning Team Member

We are excited to start planning our annual fall Run for Literacy event, and we're looking for others that are excited as well! The Run is planned for Sunday, September 24 this year, and for the past 25 years this event has helped raise much-needed money to help adults in Dane County who are working to improve their reading, writing, computer, and language skills. Committee members are asked to dedicate 5hr/month now through Sept, and committee work includes coordinating event logistics, marketing, volunteer recruitment, community engagement.

If you are interested in participating in this volunteer committee, please contact Fritz Parker at fritzparker@gmail.com. In your email, please outline your experience planning large events and your area of experience (marketing, event logistics, etc). We're excited to have you join our team!







Group and Event-Based Volunteer Opportunities



Other ideas

We always welcome your group to organize a stand-alone event to support Literacy Network adult learners, and we'd be happy to help develop promotional materials and meet with your group to talk about our work. Here are some event ideas:

  • CHILDREN'S BOOK DRIVE: Organize a children's book drive for our Family Literacy program. By collecting and donating new (or gently used) children's books, you plant the seeds of literacy for low-income families!

  • BOOK DRIVE: We accept gently used books of fiction/non-fiction for our lending library, or to sell for our programs. Please click here for guidelines about the books we accept.

  • DRIVE FOR DRIVES: Adult learners save their resumes and other documents they've created in classes on USB drives. We need about 50-100 every semester.

  • FUNDRAISER: Host a company-wide bake sale or scrabble tournament - something fun to raise money for our programs and spread awareness of adult literacy.
If your group is interested in organizing a stand-alone event or activities, please contact our Director of Volunteer Services, Ms. Shawn Steen at (608) 244-3911 if you have any questions.




We occasionally have other opportunities for groups to assist with events and special projects. If you have a group looking for a project, it must be planned well in advance of your project date(s). If your group is looking for a volunteer opportunity or you would like to be emailed when one pops up, contact Shawn at (608) 244-3911 ext 55 or via shawn@litnetwork.org