Become a literacy volunteer!

Published

09/04/2018

Time Commitment

A few hours per week

Duration

Long-Term (6 months-1 year)

Address

Bloomfield Public Library
90 Broad Street
2nd floor
Bloomfield
New Jersey
07003
United States

Description

Life is limited when you can't read medical label warnings, correspondence from your childrens' teachers, instructions on a new appliance, complete a job application, read a street sign, directions, or apply for a driver's license. Yet many adults find themselves in exactly that position, particularly here in Essex County, where one in every four adults is considered functionally illiterate in English, according to U.S. Department of Education data.


When you help an adult, you help her or his entire family. At Literacy Volunteers of America, Essex & Passaic Counties, we have a long list of U.S. citizens and immigrants, among them refugees and asylum seekers, waiting for help in learning to speak, understand, read, and write in English. But we need volunteers to teach them. Here's how you can help:


Become a volunteer literacy tutor by attending one of our upcoming 18-hour tutor training courses:


Bloomfield Public Library, 90 Broad St. 2nd Floor Boardroom, Bloomfield, NJ, 07003, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00-3:00 pm, Oct. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, & 18 2018


West Orange Public Library, 46 Mount Pleasant Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052, Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm, October 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, & 14, 2018.


Hilton Branch of the Maplewood Public Library, 1688 Springfield Ave., Maplewood, NJ, 07040, Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00-4:00 pm, October 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 & Nov. 5 2018



Volunteers work once per week for two hours or more and earn a certificate as tutors of Basic Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages from Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA), one of the largest non-profit adult literacy organizations in the country. And more than that, they help improve the lives of adults and their family members.


For more information, please contact LVA at 973-566-6200, ext 217, via email emartin@lvaep.org, or register through our website www.lvaep.org.

Benefits

  • Training Provided

Benefits

  • Groups
  • International Volunteers

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