Make Your Mark
VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME
Make A True Change
This is one of the simplest ways to help out our cause. We believe the best way for our initiatives to be successful is for the community to actively get involved. This is an easy and efficient way of contributing to the great work we do at Ethos Literacy. Get in touch with any questions about how you can Volunteer Your Time today.
Please note: Interviews are conducted for all volunteer positions. Acceptance into our organization is dependent upon your application, references, interview and if you are a good match with the student. All documents need to be received before the interview (Application and 2 references)
Fill out the 'Volunteer Tutor Application' or 'General Volunteer Application' along with 'Applicant Reference Questions' to be considered.
Do I have to speak a foreign language to be a tutor?
Contrary to what you may think, you do not need to know a second language to be a tutor.
What is the time commitment?
We ask for a 6 month commitment. We expect tutors and students to meet for a total of 40 hours within those six months. This usually works out to 2-3 hours of tutoring each week. Expect another 2 hours of preparation each week.
When and where will I meet my student?
For the safety of our tutors and students, we do not allow pairs to meet in private homes. Instead our tutors and students may meet at a public place such as our office, libraries, Goodwill offices, community centers, etc. As for the when, we help coordinate meeting schedules for the most convenient time of both parties.
What is the application process?
Start by completing a written application. The link to the Volunteer Tutor Application is at the top of this page. If you do not want to tutor but want to help in another way, complete the General Volunteer Application at the top of this page. We require an interview, references and a background check.
Will I have to fill out reports?
Yes! You will complete a monthly progress report. The form is computerized and takes about 10 minutes to complete.
Do you tutor children?
Unfortunately, no. Our program is dedicated to improving adult literacy.
What volunteer opportunities are available?
You can be a tutor for basic literacy (reading & writing), English as a Second Language, math, and computer skills. We also need volunteers for fundraising, grant writing, special events, and translators.
Do I need prior experience?
Not at all! We welcome all the help we can get and we are here to help you help us. We provide training with experienced staff and mentors. We host workshops and round table discussions. We also have an extensive library of materials at your disposal!