We are currently seeking several English Language + Literacy volunteers. Please see the varying positions listed below.

In 1973, Literacy Volunteers of Greater Portland was formed to recruit, train, and support volunteers to provide free, confidential, student-centered educational programs for small groups and individuals to improve reading, writing, and related literacy skills. Literacy Volunteers of Greater Portland joined LearningWorks in November 2009; now known as the English Language + Literacy Program, its services continue to support a diverse student population of English language learning adults in the Greater Portland area.

To Become a Volunteer:

  • Fill out the online application.
  • Attend an orientation to learn more about the program and volunteer expectations, and to ask questions. 
  • Receive tutor training to gain the skills and strategies needed to be an effective literacy tutor. 
  • Get assigned an individual student or group.

Current volunteer needs:

  • One-on-one tutors: We are currently seeking English Language + Literacy volunteers to meet the needs of the students on our waitlist who have applied to be matched with a tutor. There are nearly 40 students currently on our waitlist.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Deliver 2-4 hours of Enrichment instruction/week for a predetermined time.
  • Attend regularly scheduled volunteer meetings.
  • Work in concert with program staff to create and plan lessons.
  • Support program staff’s efforts to assess student progress.

Qualifications/Desired Attributes:

  • A sincere desire to be of service to new community members
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to fill out short monthly reports
  • Fluent in English
  • Ability to tutor for at least 6 months at a minimum of 1.5 hours per week
  • Clear communication as needed with program staff

Please use button below to apply to any of these ELL volunteer opportunities. Thank you.