Upcoming Volunteer Training

Each One Teach One

If you can read, you can teach someone to read.
If you can speak English, you can teach someone to speak English.

Literacy Council 101

Our orientation, Literacy Council 101, introduces new volunteers to our community's need for literacy instruction and how our approach helps men and women achieve their education and life skill goals.  Anyone who wants to tutor, assist students in the computer lab, spend time doing office tasks or serve on the board of directors is encouraged to attend. 

To register for a session, email info@literacyunion.org or call 704-226-1425.  Upcoming dates:

  • Monday, September 8 at the Literacy Council 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Monday, October 13 at the Literacy Council 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Monday, November 3 at the Literacy Council 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 9 at the Literacy Council 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Tutor Training

Tutor Training is offered five times throughout each year. It's a seven-hour session that gives volunteers the resources to create lesson plans and guidance on how to teach an adult learner. The next Tutor Training session will be held Saturday, November 8 and starts at 9 a.m. (For more dates, see 2014 training dates.)  Literacy Council 101, Online Orientation to Adult Basic Skills in North Carolina (which you can complete from your home computer), and Tutor Training are required steps to complete before staff can match you with a student.

Staff and experienced volunteers train prospective tutors on the different curricula, evidence-based instruction, adult learning theory, small group instruction, use of authentic materials, and program-specific procedures.

Training Costs

  • We appreciate a $20 donation from training participants. (If you need assistance, please ask.)
  • After initial training, books, materials, and professional development activities are free to participants who are matched with a student.

Note to churches and other organizations:  As training space allows, we continue to welcome volunteers seeking certification for your literacy programs and request a $50 donation per participant.

To sign up, email info@literacyunion.org or call 704-226-1425.


Why Volunteer?



There are many ways you can make a difference in another adult's life:

Be a Volunteer Tutor

  • Teach Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • We offer tutoring in several formats--one-on-one, small group, and special topic workshops--to provide safe end effective learning environments that meet the individual needs of our students
  • Read the Volunteer Job Description

Help us in the Office

  • We need volunteers to help with mailings, answer the telephone, assist students in the computer lab, and work on other administrative duties

Advocate for Literacy

  • Join us in making the issue of illiteracy more visible in the commmunity by sharing our story with friends and neighbors
  • Help recruit those who may need our services

Support and/or Plan Fundraising Efforts and Events

  • Work on a fundraising committee
  • Launch a small fundraiser in your neighborhood


Tutor FAQ