FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT VOLUNTEERING
Please note: Interviews are conducted for all volunteer positions. Acceptance into our organization is dependent upon your application, references, interview and if you are good match.
What volunteering opportunities are available?
We need tutors: Basic Literacy, ESL (English as a Second Language), Math, and Computer,
as well as fundraising, grant writing, translators, etc.
Do I need prior teaching experience to be a tutor?
No, but please be aware that Reading Works uses a student goal-oriented, tutor designed curriculum.
At this time, we do not use a set curriculum.
Do you train tutors?
Yes. All volunteer tutors participate in ProLiteracy certified training.
We schedule trainings on an as-needed basis.
What kind of support do you provide your tutors?
You can avail yourself of the expertise of our staff and mentor tutors .
We also have a large library of materials and host required workshops throughout the year.
Do I have to speak a foreign language to be an ESL tutor?
What is the weekly time commitment?
Three hours a week meeting with your student - expect another 2 hours a week or more for preparation.
How long is the expected commitment?
Six months. We require 40 instructional hours within this time frame. We do not do drop in tutoring.
I travel a lot. Is this a problem?
No. As long as you and your student make up the required time within 6 months.
Will I have to fill out reports?
Yes. You will complete a monthly progress report.
The form is computerized, making it easy and convenient to use.
Where will I meet with my student?
Any public place -- libraries, community centers, senior centers, Goodwill, and our office.
When will I meet with my student?
We match tutors and students on days and times that are convenient for both of you.
What is the application process?
Complete a Volunteer Tutor Application.
We require two references, a background check and an interview.
Do you work with children?
No. We serve only adults.
For additional information about other volunteer opportunities,
please call the office at 505-321-9620.