Volunteer!

TO ALL VOLUNTEERS PAST, PRESENT, AND INCOMING:
The Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut thanks you from the heart, a thousand-fold!

Volunteering can take a lot of energy and self-sacrifice in terms of time and talent but the rewards never stop. You’ll be making a difference in someone’s life – a very important someone from the Greater Milford Area who needs basic literacy skills in order to function in the Real World — and to advance. Literacy is the freedom to live, and your volunteer services make it possible for our students to realize their dreams!

Become a Volunteer Literacy Tutor

Knowledge of a second language is not necessary. All prospective tutors must have an interview.

  • ESL Tutor – ESL Tutors require special tutor training in ESL (English as a Second Language). The class runs for five weeks and is available several times a year in Milford and Stratford. Classes are held from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM at the Literacy Center at 16 Dixon Street in Milford and the Stratford Library, 2203 Main St. in Stratford. There is a $25 fee for course materials.
  • GED / Basic Literacy Tutor – GED (General Education Development) and Basic Literacy Tutors do not require special training. The Center staff will provide guidance and materials for these tutors.

Other Volunteering Opportunities

  • Read to children in our pre-school program! – Our Preschool Reading Program is held on a weekly basis for preschoolers at various community locations. Go to our Literacy for Children Program page and see if you’d be interested in becoming a reader!
  • Become a “SUPERSTAR” Volunteer! – Support one of our two “SUPERSTAR” programs — the Reader After School Program and the Family Literacy At Night Program both held at the West Shore Middle School. Go to our Literacy for Children Program page and learn more about these programs – and see if you’d be interested in becoming a reader!
  • Work on a fundraising event! – We may need you to serve on a committee or help out where you’re really needed since we always need extra support for our major events! Our big events on our Calendar are Leprechaun Leap in March, Neon Nightrun in July, and the Winter Sprinter in December. Go to our Fundraiser Events page and choose one event that interests you – and call us!
  • Be a contributor! – Any amount of monetary support that you give will help support our many literacy programs for both adults and children.
  • Be a Book Coordinator or Hold a Book Drive! – Our children’s programs are reading-focused (and for excellent learning-development reasons!) so it’s not surprising that books always take center stage! We rely on book donations and book drives in order to keep the underprivileged kids reading and learning! Go to our Literacy for Children Program page, and see where you’d like to help out! Call us!

Do You Have What It Takes?

A Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut tutor requires:

  • The ability to read, write and speak English
  • A high school diploma or equivalent (minimal)
  • Displays an enthusiasm for reading
  • Is willing to attend tutor-training workshops, and is open-minded in accepting new teaching concepts
  • Is able to fulfill a commitment to tutor training, and commit to tutoring for one year
  • Keeps a record of tutoring sessions and submits a monthly time sheet with the LVSCT Office
  • Maintains confidentiality

Still have questions about tutoring? Please see our Tutoring FAQ. If you don’t see your question listed there, please call us at 203-878-4800!