Volunteer to promote literacy
“Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. Volunteering and helping others can help you reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose."(helpguide.org)
1 in 5 adults in Western Maine struggle to read or fill out an application. Literacy affects every aspect of modern life, from filing for unemployment to helping with children's education, to getting and keeping a job, to managing health treatments. Many people don't have the skills to use email or text messaging.
Kathy Spencer has tutored with us the longest. (since 1984)
She tutors at area nursing homes once a month.
Click on the following video link to understand why Literacy Matters. (Video credit: #Literacyday)
We offer a variety of opportunities for you to make an impact on literacy.
We seek qualified individuals for the following roles:
(We are an Equal Opportunity Organization; there is no discrimination based on race, religion, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, or disability.)
Trained volunteers provide one-to-one or small group tutoring to adults who need help with reading, writing, math, technology, or English as a second language.
Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent.
Expectations: To commit to tutor at least 1 hour a week for at least one year, complete one series of three 2 hour tutor training sessions, work with a learner as a peer and involve the learner in all major decisions about instruction, including progress monitoring. Training and materials are provided.
We host 4 trainings a year.
Our next training is a Virtual Tutor Training planned for October, dates to be determined:
Contact us to register.
All books sorted are part of a book donation program to promote literacy in the community (Jaimi's Book Program).
Qualifications: interest in books, familiarity with genre is helpful
Expectations: You choose where to go, you pick the schedule, and follow the guidelines set by the Books Team location. (1-4 hours a week?)
Volunteers sort books at one or all of the Books Team locations around Franklin County.
Other opportunities include preparing books bags for give away programs.
Book Team Locations:
Twice Sold Tales bookstore in downtown Farmington
Phillips Public Library, Upstairs in downtown Phillips
Wilton Free Library Book Store, Wilton
Tutoring Program Resource Manager:
Work with staff to organize and facilitate tutoring program materials.
Qualifications: Attention to detail and organizational skills.
Expectations: Two hours a month for tasks like copying, printing, organizing, tracking inventory.