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ORGANIZATION: The Literacy Council of Sarasota

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The Literacy Council of Sarasota welcomes, values, and relies on the contributions of volunteers at all levels of our organization. Our dedicated and compassionate volunteers work with the support of paid staff to raise awareness of the importance of adult literacy, offer hands-on teaching through one-on-one and small group instruction and support to adults, and offer multiple options focused on adult learner needs and life demands. Our volunteers work to improve English literacy in our community and open doors to greater employment, and opportunities for upward mobility in your community.

Volunteers Needed: English as a second language (ESL) Volunteer Tutor

Volunteer Opportunity: Tutor educated, resilient, self-directed, and motivated adults in person, one-on-one, so they learn English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills to navigate life and thrive in the United States.

Training: The Literacy Council of Sarasota provides in-person tutor training over (4) 4-1/2-hour workshops, providing you with all the information and resources you need to be a dynamite tutor!

Bring with You: Fluency in English and the desire to change lives in a meaningful way.

No Worries! No second language skills or previous teaching or tutoring skills are needed.

Time Commitment: Minimum two (2) hours per week plus lesson preparation time.

Ideal for: Individuals who enjoy learning about new cultures, looking to make a genuine difference in their community, people with flexible or demanding schedules, working from home, college students, or recently retired.

Call Today! Call or email Susan Bergstrom, Program Director, at 941-955-0421 or We’re happy to answer any questions you have. Call today and enjoy one of the greatest volunteer experiences ever!

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About The Literacy Council of Sarasota


1750 17th Street, Suite K-3, Sarasota, FL 34234, US

Mission Statement

The Literacy Council of Sarasota Inc., a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 adult education organization, is building a more literate community by helping adults and families improve English language communications skills through personalized, needs-based tutoring and small group instruction.


With the generous help of donors, we are able to provide these services:

-Workplace Literacy Program
-Basic Literacy Education
-English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

More than 2.6 million adults in Florida - or 20 percent of those 16 and older - lack even the most basic reading skills, according to estimates by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Since 1978, The Literacy Council Sarasota (LCS) has been helping adults (16 years of age and older) improve their basic reading, writing, comprehension and communication skills through one-on-one and small group tutoring. LCS customizes teaching to individual needs, providing a unique focus on enabling adult learners to function better within the frameworks of their own life situations.

Today, we continue our vital mission of building a more literate Sarasota, with the help of more than 250 volunteers and tutors who work with adult learners one-on-one at no cost. LCS has been nominated in 2008 and 2009 for the Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Small Business of the Year Awards presented by The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce in the Non-Profit Organization of the Year category. The Literacy Council of Sarasota's office is housed at the Glasser Schoenbaum Human Service Center in Sarasota, FL.


Education & Literacy
Education & Literacy


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Multiple locations Sarasota, FL 34234



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


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4 months, 2 hours per week

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