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Winnebago Area Literacy Council

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We need your help. Our waiting list for a 1-1 tutor is long and continues to grow. Our community of learners need and deserve our services, and this demand will only increase as we anticipate the arrival of our Afghan neighbors. Will you or someone you know consider becoming a tutor? It's easy! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

We will train you, provide the resources and give you supportive guidance. All you need to bring is motivation and a positive attitude. Volunteer opportunities include one-to-one tutoring, assisting in classrooms, helping staff in office, or working at events.

For more information on becoming a volunteer, please contact the Volunteer and Services Coordinator at 920-573-5507 or visit

Volunteer Tutor:

The focus of our tutoring program is to help learners improve their reading, writing, speaking, listening, math, and workplace skills.

The WALC staff will assist you to make the tutoring experience rewarding.

Minimum Requirements:

- Be at least 18 years old
- Be able to maintain confidentiality
- Agree to a criminal background check
- Understand and sign the Tutor Agreement form
- Commit to a minimum of one hour per week

Tutor FAQs:

What prior experience do I need to be a Literacy Tutor?

We are open to any volunteer tutors. Some come to us with a background in education, while others have no teaching experience. It is not necessary to speak a foreign language, and the majority of our tutors do not speak the native language of their learners. We provide training initially before tutoring sessions begin, and also ongoing in-service training to our tutors.

How many hours a week am I expected to commit?

We ask that our tutors commit to a weekly session at the very least. Sessions start at an hour long and can go longer if the learner and tutor have time in their schedules. Anything beyond that 1 hour per week minimum is at the discretion of the tutor; most learners will be willing to meet more frequently and for longer than 1 hour to improve their skills.

Where will my learner be from?

This varies. Many of our learners are refugees who are here from all over the world. We have many students from Syria, Sudan, Myanmar, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Iraq.

Can I work with more than one learner?


We recommend that you keep your sessions as a 1 to 1 rather than working with 2 learners together, to provide individualized lessons and attention. However, if you have time in your schedule, you can work with more than one student during the week.

What is the cost?

Everything is FREE! We never want money to be a barrier for our learners or volunteers.

When will I get to start?

Once you have attended orientation and your application has been reviewed, you can be matched with a learner as soon as a week later. The time between training and your first meeting depends on how long it takes the learner you are matched with to respond, and when the Services/Volunteer Coordinator is available to meet with you and your learner. Your first session will be with your learner and the coordinator together, to make introductions, facilitate communication and further scheduling, and to make recommendations for early lessons and next steps. Typically there will be sometime between the training and the first appointment due to the unpredictability of these factors, but will fall between a 1-6 weeks in most cases.

More opportunities with Winnebago Area Literacy Council

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About Winnebago Area Literacy Council


106 Washington Ave., Oshkosh, WI 54901, US

Mission Statement

The Winnebago Area Literacy Council (WALC) strengthens our diverse community by developing and delivering free learner-centered literacy programs for adults and their families.


Since 1989, the Winnebago Area Literacy Council (WALC) has offered free one-to-one tutoring and support services to adults reading at low to intermediate literacy levels. WALC is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization not affiliated with the Winnebago County government. It is supported by grants, generous donations and the passion of volunteers.

Adult literacy is the single greatest factor affecting our economy. Those who cannot read and write have difficulty in meeting their needs and becoming self sufficient.

There is no cost for learners to attend these classes or to work with a private tutor. All curriculum and supplemental materials are offered free of charge.

Classes are held in variety of locations; however, private tutoring generally takes place at the Oshkosh Public Library, where the WALC is located.

Programs Provided by the WALC

  • One-to-One Tutoring
  • Family Literacy
  • English as a Second Language Classes
  • Health Literacy
  • Road to Work for Refugees
  • Basic Computer Literacy
  • Homework Help
Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


106 Washington Ave.Oshkosh, WI 54901



  • People Skills
  • Literacy / Reading
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Tutoring
  • General Education




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • At least 1 hour a week.

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