Thu, Aug 17, 2017
GED Tutoring (fall semester, Wed evenings)
"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:
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:
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.
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
If you are interested in this volunteer position please complete our online application here.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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:
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 email@example.com