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ORGANIZATION: Literacy Volunteers of the Pollard Memorial Library

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 200 people are interested
Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts
Literacy Volunteers Needed!

Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts at the Pollard Memorial Library offers free, confidential, one-on-one or small group tutoring on a flexible schedule to adults in the greater Lowell area. We are always looking for volunteers to become adult literacy tutors! We invite you to get involved and help change the life of someone in your surrounding community--you do not need prior teaching experience or knowledge of another language.

We have two types of tutoring opportunities: ESOL for students who are speakers of other languages and want to learn English or improve their English skills; or Basic Literacy for native English speakers who read at the 4th grade level or below, and who want to learn to read and write or improve their skills. Tutors work with one student individually, or may have the opportunity to teach a small group or class. In-person, remote, and hybrid tutoring options are available. Tutors commit to meeting with students 2 hours per week on a flexible schedule for 9-12 months.

ALL volunteer tutors must attend a Volunteer Information Session prior to successfully completing an 18-hour tutor training, before they begin working with a student.

Upcoming Zoom Volunteer Information Sessions are scheduled for:

Tuesday, February 20
6:30 - 8 pm

Thursday, February 22
12 -1:30 pm

Upcoming Zoom ESOL Tutor Training is scheduled for:
Mondays: February 26, March 4, 11, 25, April 1, 8
6 - 8:30 pm

If you have questions, or would like more information about upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions or Tutor Training, please contact our office at 978 674-1541, or email Literacy Director Sarah Miller at smiller@lowelllibrary.org, or Literacy Assistant Mary Hartmann at mhartmann@lowelllibrary.org.

Thank you for your interest!

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About Literacy Volunteers of the Pollard Memorial Library


401 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA 01852, US

Mission Statement

Literacy Volunteers of the Pollard Memorial Library is an affiliate of Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts. Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts (LVM) promotes literacy skills that empower adults to realize their goals. LVM is comprised of 12 independent affiliate organizations throughout Massachusetts that each furthers our mission through volunteer-based literacy instruction. Our tutor/student relationships each reflect the core values of LVM: confidential, student-centered instruction provided at no cost to the student. We are committed to reach more adults in need of literacy by growing our affiliate network, encouraging more students and tutors to participate, and investing our public and private funding efficiently in our operations.


Literacy Volunteers of the Pollard Memorial Library (LV - PML) is a free service that helps adults to improve their English speaking and listening skills, and/or their reading and writing skills. The program matches each student with a volunteer tutor. The student and the tutor work together (one-on-one) for about 2 hours every week for several months. The tutor helps the student with their specific learning needs or any specific goals they might have for their education. LV-PML is an affiliate of Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts.

Volunteers must be over the age of 18, have a high school diploma or its equivalent, and be able to work with diverse groups of people. Volunteers attend a 2-hour program orientation and an18-hour training in either basic literacy or ESOL. They are then matched with an adult learner to tutor for 2 hours per week for 9 months.

Literacy is only one of the many important skills the students learn in this program. They also learn abilities such as organization, studying, basic finances, and a better understanding of American culture and daily life. Through literacy and English lessons, students are able to progress in their personal and professional lives, such as receiving their citizenship, drivers’ license, GED certificate, or a better position at work. Tutors open the doors for students to keep growing and improving; literacy is the first step to something bigger and better.

After being matched, volunteers and students receive ongoing support from LVM's professional staff. Support includes newsletters, in-service trainings and other professional development opportunities, special recognition events, a reference and lending library, and regular personal assistance.

Please feel free to contact us- we would love to hear from you!


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401 Merrimack StreetLowell, MA 01852



  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Adult Education
  • General Education
  • Tutoring
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • flexible
  • Strong desire to give back to the community, willingness to learn, patience

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