Volunteering to be a Tutor

What Does it Take to Tutor?
Job Description for Basic Literacy Tutor
Purpose:  To help adults 18 or older to learn basic reading and writing skills that will enable them to meet self-identified goals.
Volunteer Qualifications:
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Have the desire to help adults learn to read
  • Have good reading and writing skills
  • Be flexible, friendly, patient, dependable, respectful
  • Be able to relate well to a variety of people
  • Be sensitive to the special needs of adult learners
  • To encourage and support learner in a 1-on-1 tutoring relationship.
  • To keep records of learner’s progress and submit monthly progress reports. 
  • To notify the Suffolk Literacy Council office of challenges and victories as they happen.
Required Training:
  • 8 hour free workshop teaches curriculum and techniques on how to teach reading to adult students.
  • For ESOL: 4 hour free workshop teaches curriculum and techniques on how to teach English to the non-speaker.

Pilot Club Tutor Appreciation 2017
Pilot Club Tutor Appreciation 2017.

Tutor Appreciation 2016
Tutor Appreciation 2016.

       New student during her one on one tutoring session 2013.

Tutoring Locations:
  • A location convenient to both tutor and student
  • SLC Office, located at the Workforce Development Center, or library, community center, church, hospital, worksite or another PUBLIC venue
Note: Most students do not have cars so this will effect tutor site

  • Typically 1 or 2 sessions per week
  • 1 to 11/2 hours per session
  • About 1 hour preparation per lesson

If you are interested in becoming a part of this dynamic group of volunteers Contact Us.


It’s not for fortune;

It’s not for fame;

It’s not for only personal gain;

It’s not just for love of fellow man;

Or only to lend a helping hand;

It’s not for medals worn with pride.

It’s for the feeling deep inside,

Of helping others learn to read,

Of giving them skills that they will need.

So, thanks a million for all you do—

Tutors, Board Members, other helpers too.

The SLC considers you so very dear

Because you choose to volunteer.