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Adult Literacy

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Literacy Makes it Possible

Celebrate National Literacy Week -- become a volunteer!


Literacy tutoring is one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences you can have. When you help someone learn to read, or to speak and read English, you enable that individual to take advantage of a new world of opportunities. Simply put: Literacy changes lives.


RSVP always needs volunteers for one-to-one and small-group tutoring with adults throughout Montgomery County  who are working to improve their reading, writing, speaking, and math skills.  Click to read how volunteers are making an impact. 


What do Adult Literacy Volunteers do?
Encourage and support learners
Keep records of learner's progress
Complete monthly time and progress reports
Notify RSVP and your Literacy station of any permanent changes in schedule or tutoring locations


Tutoring Locations
One-to-one tutoring takes place in a neutral place such as a library, community center, church or work site


Once or twice weekly meetings with learners for 1 to 1.5 hours each time
One to two hours per week preparing for lessons


Tutor Training Workshops are held throughout the year. Depending on your location in Montgomery County and the type of tutoring you prefer, you may attend training anywhere from 6-15 hours. Some programs do not require training, only a willingness to help adults learn. If you are good at math you may be able to help a learner prepare for the GED exam without taking any training.


Qualifications & Benefits

  • Be dependable, prompt and willing to maintain the confidentiality of the learner
  • Be able to relate well to a variety of people
  • Have good reading and writing skills
  • Be flexible, friendly, patient and optimistic
  • Be sensitive to the special needs of adult learners
  • You will gain an increased appreciation of different cultures, values and lifestyles
  • You will increase your problem solving skills
  • You will have the absolute joy of helping someone learn to read, achieve their goals and improve their lives

Once you learn to read you will be forever free. - Frederick Douglass

If you become an adult literacy volunteer you may choose among the following areas of helping:

• English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): Instruction for immigrants, refugees, and other adults who want to speak, read, and write English as another language. ESL ( English as a Second Language) learners, may be recent immigrants or people who have lived in the U.S. for many years. They may range from being highly educated in their native language to having little or no literacy in any language.

• Adult Basic Education (ABE): Basic skills instruction in reading, writing, and math for out-of-school adults.

• General Educational Development (GED): Instruction that prepares people to take the GED test.

CONTACT: Anabella Tracy at 610-834-1040, Ext. 126 or