Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization. More than 300 community members give their time every year, serving as tutors, joining our board and committees, and offering their skills in a variety of other ways.
Our main need is for tutors. We pair tutors with students, based on their needs and areas of interest. Then a tutor works one-on-one, helping a student reach his/her goals.
Besides tutoring, there are other ways to volunteer, including marketing, fundraising, finance, governance, and office support. Please visit our Other Ways to Volunteer section to learn more.
Become a Tutor
All interested volunteer tutors complete the application below and take roughly 20 hours of training before we pair you with a student whose needs align your abilities and interests. We do our best to create learning pairs that will thrive.
Tutoring requires about 1-2 hours a week. You will meet with your student one-on-one (and remotely during COVID-19), and help them work towards their goals. Examples of goals might be receiving a high school diploma, obtaining a driver’s license, securing a better job, voting for the first time, reading to children, or becoming a U.S citizen.
Many people think that tutoring requires teaching experience or the ability to speak another language. But it requires neither. All you need is the desire to help someone.
For more information about the training, please see our Training Schedule.
To become a tutor, please fill out the application form below. We will use the information to notify you of our next scheduled training.
Once you have submitted your application, we will be in touch within 1-2 weeks.
To get started as a volunteer, you may do one of the following:
- Download and complete our Volunteer Application and email it to us at info@LVBangor.org
- Contact us at (207) 947-8451 and we’ll mail you a paper version.
Print out the form, complete it, and hand deliver or mail it to:
Literacy Volunteers of Bangor
354 Hogan Road
Bangor, Maine 04401
Frequently Asked Questions
Our Tutor Trainings
All tutors receive orientation and training, which are typically offered twice annually. Due to COVID-19, we have altered our training format from in-person classroom training to a combination of online, self-paced learning modules and synchronous Zoom sessions.
Volunteers can choose one of two tracks: Basic Literacy or English Language Learning.
Basic Literacy Tutor Training
Helping an adult improve his or her reading does not require an education degree. It does require patience, flexibility, and the desire to help transform an adult’s life through literacy. As a result of social distancing, we are looking for volunteer tutors that are comfortable teaching and supporting a student remotely using technology (i.e., phone, text, email, Skype or Zoom).
The training certification provides teaching strategies, adult learning models, information on learning disabilities, and lesson planning. The training content is delivered via self-paced, online learning modules as well as classroom sessions via Zoom.
English Language Learning Tutor Training
Teaching a person to speak and read English doesn’t require that you know their language. You just need the patience and desire to teach language, reading skills and cultural differences. As a result of social distancing, we are looking for volunteer tutors that are comfortable teaching and supporting a student remotely using technology (i.e., phone, text, email, Skype or Zoom).
This training certification covers second language acquisition, working with cultural differences, and teaching methods. The training content is delivered via self-paced, online learning modules as well as classroom sessions via Zoom.
To view or download a complete schedule for the Fall 2020 New Tutor Training and more information about the online training modules, download the training schedule below.
Future Trainings Sign Up Form
If you’d like to receive notifications about future trainings, please submit your information using the form below.
Other Ways To Volunteer
Many ways exist to help Literacy Volunteers grow and thrive. Our volunteer committees are vital, as they do much of the organization’s planning and work. Please read below to learn more about each committee, as well as a few specific volunteer roles we are trying to fill.
If you have experience or expertise in any of the following areas, please contact our office at (207) 947-8451, or email info@LVBangor.org.
|Area Of Opportunity||Qualifications|
|Communications Committee||This committee meets monthly and oversees the branded efforts related to marketing, advertising, public and media relations. It generates coordinated TV, radio, print, social media, direct mail, and email communications. Activities include:|
– Advertising & marketing
– Event planning
– Graphic design
– Media relations
– Social media management and content generation
– Writing and editing
– Website maintenance
|Finance Committee||This committee meets quarterly and reviews the overall financial health of the organization. Activities include:|
– Analyzing financial data, processes, and controls
– Financial planning
– General accounting
|Governance Committee||This committee meets monthly and oversees the internal workings of the organization, with a focus on areas like human resources, internal communications, the development and maintenance of official documents, and long-term planning. Related activities include:|
– Information systems
– Insurance/risk management
– Law/legal affairs
– Personnel management
– Review of organizational documents
– Strategic planning
|Resource Development Committee||This committee meets monthly and is charged with networking to raise public support through a number of fundraising efforts. Related activities include:|
– Corporate sponsorships
– Grant writing
– Major giving/planned giving
– Networking for private support
– Special event coordination
|Tutor Training & Support||This committee meets monthly and includes a core group of experienced tutors. Additional members who can provide professional training on literacy-related topics are also welcome. Related activities include:|
– Administering satisfaction surveys
– Coordinating book or writing clubs
– Conference planning
– Evaluating training
– Maintaining ongoing communication with tutors
– Providing content-related training on literacy, language, – culture or related topics
– Supporting/mentoring new and existing tutors
|Office Support||When we undertake large projects, like mailings or preparing for trainings, our volunteers are there to help. If you are interested in helping with occasional projects or one of our ongoing efforts, we’d love to have you. Projects include tasks like:|
– Copying/collating projects
– Customer relations (out-bound calls)
– Data entry
– Filing and maintaining records
– Other project-based work
Our volunteers say the rewards of volunteering are far greater than the effort. Read the stories to see how getting involved with Literacy Volunteers could impact your life.