Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights is a service-based, human rights organization that provides housing, health care, human services, and human rights protections to the most poor and vulnerable people in our society, and uses its 118 years of experience to advocate for social justice.
Heartland Human Care Services' (HHCS) Vocational English Language Training (VELT) Project provides English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education (ABE) instruction, emphasizing language fluency and competencies that are relevant to the daily lives of the adult students served. The VELT project is an essential component of HHCS' Refugee and Immigrant Community Services (RICS) department. ESL and EL civics are held at a RICS site in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood. Volunteers provide classroom, small group, and one-on-one instruction for adult learners.
RICS is currently seeking volunteer tutors for students in the Adult Basic Education classes.
Volunteer tutors lead tutoring sessions for one to two hours. Volunteers are asked to commit to one or more days of volunteering a week. Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm. Ideal volunteers will have teaching/tutoring experience in one of the following subject areas: high school math, science, or social studies.
The ABE instructor will provide the volunteer tutor with material to begin the tutoring session. Because the tutor/tutee relationship requires flexibility, tutors are encouraged to bring outside material or explore RICS’ library for material. The tutor is expected to communicate with the ABE instructor to convey his/her tutee’s needs. Tutors will work with 1 to 3 tutees during a session. The volunteer tutor provides individual assistance and instruction as needed. S/he also keeps accurate attendance and records the progress of the tutee(s) at the close of each session. Tutors must be flexible, creative and dependable.
Tutors and tutees are expected to inform the Volunteer Coordinator if they will not be able to attend any individual session.