Literacy Volunteers Greater Portland

Program Director
Teyonda Hall (207)775-0105 email 

Since 1973 Literacy Volunteers - Greater Portland has been providing individualized learning opportunities to local residents who have low literacy skills and a desire to change certain circumstances of their lives. Our mission is to recruit, train, and support volunteers to provide free, confidential, student-centered small group and individual educational programs and services that improve reading, writing, and related literacy skills. Literacy Volunteers-Greater Portland joined LearningWorks in November 2009.   

Who are our students?

We have a very diverse student population that includes native Mainers as well as immigrants. Currently, more than 60 percent of our students are English Language Learners (ELLs) from countries including Angola, Sudan, Somalia, Burundi, Iraq, Iran, Italy, Taiwan, Congo, Lebanon, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Barbados, Brazil, Cameroon, Eritrea, Vietnam, Thailand, Djibouti, Ukraine, Philippines, Russia, China, South Korea, and Jamaica.

Who are our volunteers?

Our tutors are everyday citizens who simply want to be of service to the community. Many have had experience with teaching or training, while others are teaching for the first time.

How do I become a student?

To qualify for our program, students must be at least 18 years of age or older, possess low-level literacy skills (below an eleventh grade level), have a desire to increase their literacy and/or English skills, and be willing to commit to the program expectations.

Volunteer Options:

Teach an individual or a small group of 3-4 students.

How do I become a volunteer?
  • Attend an orientation to learn more about the program and ask questions and clarify volunteer expectations
  • Complete tutor training to gain the skills and strategies needed to be an effective literacy tutor
  • Get matched with an individual student or group and begin teaching!

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