Orange Literacy Volunteer Application

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Orange Literacy provides a variety of educational services to adults, including reading and writing instruction, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), preparation for applying for U.S. citizenship, GED preparation and math instruction. None of this would be possible without the tremendous help of volunteers like you. Volunteers also provide office support, including answering phones, greeting walk-in visitors, scanning and filing documents, and unloading and labeling shipments of books. Read more on our website.

We provide volunteers an initial orientation and training as well as continued support, materials and guidance. No prior teaching experience is required to volunteer with Orange Literacy, nor is fluency in a language other than English. You do need to have good reading and communication skills, however. Most of all, you should enjoy supporting and encouraging people in your community.

Building literacy skills requires long term dedication from our adult learners as well as our volunteers. In order to build the mutual trust necessary to maximize our learners' potential, we ask that tutors commit to tutoring for at least 3-6 months (depending on the program). Tutors typically meet with their student or small group twice a week for 1.5-2 hours at a time.

More information on the time commitment necessary for each volunteer opportunity is below. Note that these projections include preparation and travel time.
  • Adult Basic Education (ABE) tutor (one-on-one): 4-6 hours per week for at least 6 months
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tutor (small group): 4-6 hours per week for 4-6 months
  • Citizenship tutor (one-on-one or teacher's assistant): 1.5-3 hours per week for 4-6 months
  • Office volunteer: 2-4 hours per week, as available
  • Family Reading Partners (FRP) volunteer (new!): 2-4 hours per month, as available
Occasional absences due to travel or illness are expected.
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