Volunteer Roles

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Tutor

 
ESOL tutors serve immigrant adults who want to learn English and/or prepare for the US Naturalization Exam. These students come to Literacy Together with a variety of literacy and English language skill levels. Tutors in this program work with their students two hours each week for at least one year and are supported by the program director throughout their tutoring commitment.
 
Tutors complete an 8-hour training (which is currently conducted online) before being matched with students. They then receive follow-up support and the option to attend in-service workshops throughout their tutoring commitment. Tutors in this program can work with students for one (1) two-hour session each week or two (2) one-hour sessions each week. Tutoring sessions may take place online or in person. This program welcomes volunteers from all over the world who are willing to tutor remotely. We now have tutors in Florida, New York, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Texas, the UK, and Germany!

ESOL tutors commit to working with their students for at least one year. Learn more about this program. Sign up to volunteer.

ESOL Tutor Training Dates:

Self-paced option:
Watch recordings of previous live training sessions on Zoom, complete classwork, and homework independently, and meet with the ESOL Director afterward for review/debriefing.
 
Live sessions (online) with ESOL Director: 
 
June 18, 20, 25, 27,  10am-noon via Zoom
August 21, 23, 28, 30, 10am-noon via Zoom
 

Youth Literacy Tutor

Youth Literacy tutors work with children from low-income families who read, write, and/or spell below grade level. Tutors in this program complete an initial orientation and 9 hours of training, which includes some pre-course work and/or homework ( short articles to read, short videos to watch). They then receive follow-up support and the option to attend in-service training throughout their tutoring commitment.

Tutors in this program work with their students twice per week for 50 minutes each session for at least one school year. Literacy Together has identified two afterschool programs to work with their students:  YTL (Youth Transformed for Life) in North Asheville and Christine W. Avery students in Montford. Tutors in this program work in person. Learn more about this program or email Linda Murphey with questions. Sign up online to volunteer

We’re working on two new initiatives: 

Recent reports indicate Buncombe County has over 750 homeless students, and the numbers continue to rise. Literacy Together will work with homeless 9th-12th graders who need a reading and writing tutor. These students attend either Clyde A. Erwin High School or Enka High School. Tutoring will be in person, and days and times are flexible. Your 1:1 tutoring support can help students stay in school, graduate, and build a stable and healthy future for themselves. Please contact Linda Murphey at Linda@lit-together.org if you’re interested in this volunteering opportunity. 

Literacy Together will serve 5th-8th graders who need a reading/writing or math tutor. Tutoring will occur on-site at one or more schools in the Enka/Can. Your 1:1 tutoring support can make a huge difference to students who are struggling academically, and this mentorship is also transformative for kids who are going through a crucial stage of their development. Please contact Linda Murphey at Linda@lit-together.org if you’re interested in this volunteering opportunity. 

The Program Director will contact you about training.

The Youth Literacy Program also offers young adults 15 to 23 years old the paid Igniting Superhero Readers Summer Internship. More info here

Adult Literacy Tutor

Adult Literacy tutors serve adults who have basic or below basic literacy skills. Tutors in this program work with their student two hours each week for at least six months (GED track) or one year (Adult Literacy track) and are supported by the program director throughout their tutoring commitment. Tutors receive 10-12 hours of tutor training (although it can be shorter if you have experience teaching). The program director works closely with tutors through individual meetings. Tutors can also connect and learn from one another through Adult Literacy group meetings and in-services. Tutors in this program work with students for two (2) one-hour sessions each week. Adult Literacy tutors commit to working with their students for six months (GED track) or one year (Adult Literacy track).

Tutors who want to volunteer with this program must live in the Asheville area; they can work remotely or in person. Learn more about this program. Sign up online to volunteer.
 
This program needs GED tutors ASAP.  The highest-demand GED subjects at the moment are Math and Language Arts. Please contact Rebecca Massey for more information: Rebecca@lit-together.org, 828-254-3442, Ext—#202.
 
The Program Director will contact you about training.
 

Adult Literacy Program success stories

Other Ways to Volunteer

We have short-term volunteer opportunities for those who cannot commit to becoming a tutor and for tutors who want to get involved. Volunteers can help at our Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. We also need office, graphic design, and IT assistance. Please send an email to volunteers@lit-together.org. Thanks!
 

Ways you can support Literacy Together’s mission and vision:

  • Become a corporate partner or tell someone about the possibility of becoming one. For more information about the opportunities, contact LuAnn at LuAnn@lit-together.org.
  • Come to our annual fundraising event in the spring. The event features a presentation by a New York Times bestselling author.  Learn more.
  • Your generosity provides literacy services to our neighbors of every age. Make a donation.
  • Do you support Blue Ridge Public Radio? If you donate $180 or more annually, you can share your on-air Day Sponsorship message with Literacy Together. 
  • Follow us on Instagram and Facebook, share our posts, and subscribe to our newsletter
  • Invite us to your circles (book and movie clubs, staff meetings, country clubs, churches, temples, etc.) so we can inform your people about Literacy Together. 
  • Help us spread the word about Literacy Together and the work we do in the community. Download our PDF flyer to share!

Volunteer opportunities in Asheville | Tutoring | Literacy | Adult Literacy | Youth Literacy | English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) 

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