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/Stratford Area who needs to improve her/his English proficiency in order to function–and thrive–in their new home. Your volunteer services make it possible for our students to realize their dreams!

Become a Volunteer Tutor

LVSCT is always seeking volunteers to help adults from a variety of countries learn English. Anyone who has at least a high school diploma and is 18 or older can be a tutor with us. Prior teaching/tutoring experience or knowledge of another language are not necessary. We provide initial training to our tutors (a 5-week course that meets once a week), as well as textbooks, other materials/resources, and periodic continuing education opportunities—all free to the tutors.

Upon completing tutor training, tutors work one-on-one (or in pairs) with an adult English language learner at a time and location that’s convenient for the tutor and the student(s). Tutoring can even be done online (e.g., by Zoom, FaceTime, etc.) if that works best for the tutor and student(s).

  • Information on the next Tutor Training:

**UPCOMING 5-Week Tutor Training from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM via Zoom on the following Mondays:
– Jan. 15, 2024
– Jan. 22, 2024
– Jan. 29, 2024
– Feb. 5, 2024
– Feb. 12, 2024

**Email kate.alessi@lvsct.org for more information.

To apply to become a tutor, please use the button above to download the Volunteer application, complete the application, save it to your computer, and then attach it to an email and send that to kate.alessi@lvsct.org.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

  • 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 are the Leprechaun Leap in March and a 5K Run for Literacy in October. Go to our Fundraiser Events page and choose an event that interests you – and call us!
  • Be a contributor! – Any amount of monetary support that you give will help support our tutoring program.

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)
  • An enthusiasm for reading
  • A willingness to attend tutor-training workshops, and an openness to accepting new teaching concepts
  • The ability to fulfill a commitment to tutor training, and commit to tutoring for one year
  • Keeping a record of tutoring sessions and submitting a monthly time sheet to the LVSCT Office
  • Maintaining 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!