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Our Mission

Literacy Volunteers of Leon County empowers adults and families to improve literacy skills – reading, writing, math, and ESOL. Our mission is to help adults and families to participate fully in the workforce and our community.

We achieve our mission with the help of community members who volunteer as tutors for learners in Adult Literacy (reading, writing, math or test prep) or ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), or for children in our Family Learning Center’s Homework Helpers. Volunteers are also needed for tutor-guided ESOL group sessions and for Family Literacy activities and events. Also, volunteers can contribute to our mission by becoming an administrative volunteer or serving as a Board member.

LVLC volunteers tutor individuals in one of our three program areas: Adult Literacy (reading, writing, math, and test prep), ESOL (English for Speakers of other Languages), and Family Literacy (Homework Helpers). ESOL volunteers can also lead a tutor-guided group session. Volunteers for our Family Literacy Program can assist with other activities and events at our Family Learning Center. Other volunteering opportunities include helping with special projects and serving as board members.

How to become a Volunteer Tutor?

  1. Apply to assist in one of three LVLC programs: Adult Literacy, ESOL or Family Literacy. Email literacy@leoncountyfl.gov and you’ll be contacted about upcoming training workshops and orientation sessions, which are conducted three to four times a year.
  2. Attend LVLC’s training and orientation. It’s an investment that is required for your success as a LVLC tutor. When your training is complete, you’ll be matched with a student, whom you will meet at a time and location that is convenient for both of you.

Questions about volunteering?

Contact our Program Director (850-606-2644; literacy@leoncountyfl.gov).

What are LVLC’s three programs?

Adult Literacy

Adult Literacy provides one-to-one tutoring for adults who want to learn to read and write or to improve their reading, writing and math skills, prepare for the GED or TABE tests. All services are confidential and provided at no cost to the student. Staff members interview and assess students first. Then a staff member creates an individualized curriculum and selects study material based on the student’s assessment level, goals and educational needs. Students are encouraged to visit the LVLC Resource Center between sessions, where they have access to computers and the Internet as well as other materials.

ESOL

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) helps newcomers from around the world learn English, prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam, and learn about American culture. Tutors provide one-to-one and small-group tutoring for speakers of other languages who seek to improve their conversational English, reading or writing. All services are confidential and provided at no cost to the student. Staff members interview and assess students, then, the staff member creates an individualized curriculum and selects study material based on the student’s assessment level, goals and educational needs. Students are encouraged to visit the LVLC Resource Center between sessions, where they have access to audio/video recordings, computers and the Internet.

Questions about ESOL? Contact our ESOL Program Coordinator (850-606-2644; literacy@leoncountyfl.gov).

Family Literacy

Family Literacy provides outreach services at the Dr. B.L. Perry Jr. Branch Library. Our mission is to provide families with the tools to build a strong educational foundation for children. Outreach services include parent education, Parent-Child Together Time, and homework helpers.

  • Parent education provides weekly, small-group activities that provide parents information and resources to promote their children’s academic development. Parents select topics, and activities are geared to help balance family and work.
  • Parent-Child Together Time encourages parents and children to read and learn together. Parents learn how to enhance their children’s learning. A shared snack is often part of the fun.
  • Homework helpers provide school-aged children one-to-one and small-group instruction in reading, writing and math, as well as homework assistance.

Questions about our Family Literacy Program? Contact our Family Literacy Program Coordinator (850-606-2960; familyliteracy@leoncountyfl.gov).

Want to volunteer with LVLC in other ways?

Board Members

Board Members are volunteers who are elected for three-year terms to provide LVLC guidance, set policy, and raise funds. The Board of Directors meets monthly, plus each Board Member volunteers a few hours a month to promote literacy in Leon County. If you would like to apply for a seat on the LVLC Board of Directors, submit a LVLC board member application. A Board Member will contact you.

Questions? Click to download our LVLC board member application, or contact our Program Director (850-606-2644; literacy@leoncountyfl.gov).

Administrative Volunteers

Administrative volunteers work in our offices on the third floor of the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library, 200 W. Park Ave. They assist with student intake and assessment, answer phones, prepare workshop materials, manage electronic files, and may assist with social media. Hours are flexible based on volunteer availability and skills.

Questions? Contact our Program Director (850-606-2644; literacy@leoncountyfl.gov).

Donate Funds

Volunteer your financial support by donating to LVLC.  You’ll help adults and families in Leon County to improve the quality of their lives through literacy. That’s a valuable gift — and it’s tax-deductible!

For Tutors

Literacy Volunteers of Leon County empowers adults and families to improve literacy skills – reading, writing, math and speaking English through volunteer tutors.

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Do you or does someone you know want to learn how to read, write, do math, or speak better English?