Volunteer tutors come to Midcoast Literacy having had a wide variety of professional, educational, and personal experiences. Some have been teachers, most have not. Some had wonderful, easy experiences throughout their own years in school, while others are people who struggled to learn to read and never felt like successful students. Many of our tutors are retirees but others are younger people, working and raising families. What connects all the tutors who come to Midcoast Literacy is that they want to help people in our region improve their lives through literacy, one person at a time.
A volunteer tutor can decide to work with an adult learner (in our Adult Literacy services) or a school-age student (in the Read Together program). Tutoring sessions are planned ahead of time by each tutor and held in a public place such as a library, school, or at Midcoast Literacy’s offices. Many of the requirements and expectations are the same for working with either adults or children; however, there are a few additional specifications for tutors in our Read Together program for children.
Expectations for Tutors of Adults
participate in a tutor training (individually or at a group training) for tutoring adults
complete tutor application and sign a confidentiality agreement
commitment to service for a minimum of one year
commit to holding a minimum of a one-hour session once a week
work with an English Language Learner, a native English-speaking adult in need of basic education, or an adult with developmental disabilities
submit regular session reports that track volunteer hours
attend tutor workshops and functions as desired to improve tutoring sessions and support other tutors
Ready to Volunteer? Have more questions about which volunteer opportunity is right for you? Call Midcoast Literacy at 207-443-6384 to set-up an appointment, or visit our offices at 34 Wing Farm Parkway in Bath.