Become a Volunteer

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"I want to thank my student. You alone made my hope to make a difference come true. You wanted to learn. I wanted to teach. We made a good pair. You gave me a reason each week to come to the library in the good and bad weather, for 3 years!!! Thank you."

—Susan O‘Brien



We welcome new volunteer tutors! Tutoring is a wonderful opportunity to make a real and lasting difference in someone’s life and to change your own life in unexpected ways.

Literacy tutors are dedicated, patient, flexible and encouraging volunteers who create a positive learning environment where adults can thrive and learn without embarrassment.

Volunteers must be at least age 18 and have a high school diploma or its equivalent. No previous teaching experience is required. We provide extensive training and support for our tutors and students.

We offer at least two new volunteer orientations each year, which will help you decide if this volunteer commitment is right for you. If you then decide to become a tutor, you will attend an 18-hour training (six three-hour sessions). Trainings are generally offered twice a year, in the spring and fall. You are expected to attend every session and participate actively in the sessions. You will learn about teaching techniques, materials, and lesson planning, and complete assigned reading and homework.

Upon successful completion of the training, you will be matched with a student. We ask that you make a one year commitment to the program, giving two hours of tutoring and an hour of preparation time each week. Tutors and students meet meet once a week at a time and place convenient for both.

How to Get Started

Check the Orientation dates, then come to one of our orientations so you can decide if this is the right volunteer opportunity for you.  If you have questions, please call us at 617-376-1314 or email

Thank you for contacting us.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Would you like to help promote adult literacy, but tutoring doesn't seem like the best fit for your interests or schedule? There’s still a way for you to help.

Volunteers provide important assistance in fundraising, event planning, special projects, technology, student assessments, and general office support. Some volunteers share their skills by occasionally teaching or tutoring in basic math and computer/Internet skills.

Administrative volunteering is flexible and provides valuable experience working in a nonprofit organization.

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