Volunteers are needed to teach basic literacy skills to adults.
Volunteer Tutors provide literacy instruction in one of the following basic skills: reading, writing, math, or English as a foreign language, to adults through one-on-one or small group interaction; to improve the student’s self image and expand his or her learning experience. Minimum requirements require meeting once a week, three hours per week for six months.
Volunteers provide instruction in reading, writing, language, English or math for one or more adult students, or perform other duties as needed by Literacy Outreach and agreed to by the volunteer. Tutors also help the student with skills related to personal literacy needs and goals such as letter writing or job applications.
Who We Are
Literacy Outreach assists any Garfield County adult resident, 16 years or older and not in the public educational system, who has difficulty with speaking English, reading, writing or completing simple mathematical computations. All of Literacy Outreach’s students enter the program performing one or more of the above tasks below a fourth grade level. To help our adult learners, Literacy Outreach recruist and professionally trains volunteer tutors from the community.
Literacy Outreach also offers additional student support classes that guide our learners toward self-sufficiency. These classes include discussions on signing a lease, communicating with landlords, using credit wisely, developing a spending plan, health literacy or buying a home. Conversational classes are also offered for learners to practice. Experitential learning is modeled in our monthly cooking classes where we learn in English in a hands on environment. Currently all classes are taught by volunteers.
What We Do
Literacy Outreach is a local, non-profit agency combating illiteracy. Our mission is to teach literacy skills. Our goal is to give all adults in Garfield County the opportunity to achieve basic reading, writing, math and oral communication skills.
In the United States, an estimated 30 million people over the age of 16 read no better than the average elementary school child. Worldwide, nearly 800 million adults are illiterate in their native languages; two-thirds of them are women. Yet the ability to read and write is the basis for all other education; literacy is necessary for an individual to understand information that is out of context, whether written or verbal. Literacy Outreach estimates that 29% of Garfield County residents struggle to read and write in English.
Literacy is essential if we are to eradicate poverty at home and create sustainable development. Without literacy skills—the abilities to read, to write, to do math, to solve problems, and to access and use technology—today’s adults will struggle to take part in the world around them and fail to reach their full potential as parents, community members, and employees.
Martha Fredendall, Executive Director