Every year, over 150 volunteers support Orange Literacy by providing office support and vital tutoring services to adults throughout Orange County. Without volunteer power, we would need almost twice as much income to reach the number of adults we serve each year. Read about all of our volunteer opportunities below.
ABE tutors provide one-on-one instruction in reading and writing, math, and GED preparation. Many of our ABE students are non-native English speakers who have graduated from our ESOL program. We require that ABE tutors meet with their student twice a week for about 1.5 hours at a time. ABE tutors should commit 4-6 hours per week to tutoring, preparation, and travel for at least 6 months.
AND GED INSTRUCTION
We tutor all four subjects of the GED. We also help improve test-taking skills. Students meet with their tutors twice a week.
We also provide ABE tutoring services to inmates at Orange Correctional Center, a minimum-security men’s prison in Hillsborough. An additional background check is required by the NC Department of Corrections for this position.
ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES
ESOL tutors provide English language instruction to small groups (3-12 students) who are all at a similar level of English proficiency. These students come to us from all over the world and speak many different first (and often second and third) languages. Our classes are therefore full-English immersion, and we do not expect our tutors to be fluent in any language other than English. ESOL classes meet twice a week, typically Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, for 1.5 hours at a time. ESOL tutors should commit 4-6 hours per week to tutoring, preparation, and travel for at least 6 months.
Citizenship tutors volunteer as teacher’s assistants or provide one-on-one tutoring to students enrolled in our Citizenship classes. Our Citizenship program prepares English Language Learners for the naturalization interview and the US Civics portion of the naturalization test. Citizenship tutors should commit 1.5-3 hours per week for up to 6 months.
Family Reading Partners provides opportunities and modeling for parents and children to read and talk about books together. They also give away books to add to the home collections of the families they visit. FRP volunteers will meet with families every 4-6 months with each meeting lasting 30 minutes or less. FRP also works with groups of families, in schools and neighborhoods. Volunteers are able to participate in those events as well. Time commitments can vary, but the expectation is 2-4 hours each month.