As a former AmeriCorps member and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, community service has been an integral part of Donna’s life for many years. She first came to the Washington Literacy Council in 2002 where she happily volunteered once a week as a tutor before “being bit by the travel bug” a year later. After bouncing around the globe for awhile, she recently returned to DC and has picked up where she left off with her volunteer work. Donna really enjoys working with adult learners because of their motivation and determination to overcome such a big challenge. To every WLC student she says, “Just keep working at it and don’t ever stop trying. If you just keep moving forward, you’ll get there sooner than you think!”
Mary Beth Phillips first contacted the WLC about serving as a volunteer teacher two years ago, drawn to the center by a desire to give back to her community. Since then, Beth has taught a class every semester since. Students know her for her encouragement, infectious smile, and her challenging classes. To new volunteers she says, “Teaching is a big commitment, but so rewarding. I feel like I get as much out of it as the students do.”
Haley Adams is the 2011-12 Literacy*Americorps volunteer at the WLC. A recent graduate from University of Virginia, Haley graduated with a degree in English Literature. Haley joined the WLC in January, one-third into her year of service, and leapt into ongoing projects and classes with ease. Haley also manages WLC’s social media.
The WLC is presently refining the instruction approach and materials. As a result we are not recruiting new tutors or instructors until September, 2012 and again in January, 2013. However, we are recruiting administrative support volunteers for days and evenings to start in July, 2012. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at email@example.com.
If these are not the volunteer opportunities you had hoped to find, please follow the links below for a complete list of adult education providers in Washington, DC:
DC Learns.org, (202) 331-0141
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s Adult Literacy Resource Center, (202) 727-1616
Tutors work with students to support classwork and students’ personal learning goals. Tutors meet with their students once a week and are asked to make at least a six-month commitment. Training is conducted twice a year.
In-class tutors work with students in small group classes (between 4-8 students) in basic literacy skills. They work closely with the group instructor to target students’ needs. The commitment is once a week for at least one semester, as well as attending professional development hosted by the WLC.
The WLC is looking for help with everyday operations. Administrative volunteers can sign up for a weekly shift in the office, either during business hours or between 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.