Bolingbrook - Change Someone's Life Through a Spark of Conversation!


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Wed Mar 21, 2018, 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM


Fountaindale Public Library (Bolingbrook)300 W. Briarcliff Rd.Bolingbrook, IL 60440
For Pablo and his wife Linda, the dream of a better life in the U.S. has been unfolding in stages, culminating in their buying a home in Westmont last year. Pablo first came to the U.S. looking for work in 1997. Neither of Pablo and Linda spoke English on arrival. For Pablo, this was not much of a hindrance, since his colleagues at the restaurants where he worked were also native Spanish speakers. He focused on earning money for his family. While Linda needed to learn English to advance in her job. About five years ago, Linda was paired with Coleman, a University of Chicago MBA who – having made his mark in the business world – decided it was time to become more active in community and volunteer activities. “I’ve got time in my life now,” Coleman explained. “And working with Pablo and Linda has been such a great experience for me -- it’s opened me up to a life I would never have imagined.” The couple’s dedication to learning is inspirational. While Linda continues to enhance her writing skills, Pablo is focusing on reading comprehension. “At one point Pablo had three jobs going, but he always carved out time for me to go there in the afternoons and give him lessons,” Coleman said. “They are driven to succeed in this country, particularly for their children.”


Join Literacy DuPage in providing one-on-one tutoring to people who want to learn English.

What if you lived right here in DuPage County but couldn’t read, write, speak, or understand English? Where would you work? How would you get around? Who would answer your questions?

Believe it or not, this is a real struggle for thousands of DuPage County residents. At Literacy DuPage alone, we currently have over 200 adult learners waiting to be matched with an English language tutor.

  • You can help. Become a volunteer tutor with Literacy DuPage. Your involvement could help someone achieve life changing results.
  • No teaching experience or foreign language background is necessary. You will receive 18 hours of tutor training from our staff. Then, once you’re matched with a learner, we’ll provide ongoing support to help you meet that person’s needs.
  • Learning happens one-on-one, two hours a week. Literacy DuPage matches your schedule with your learner’s schedule for one-on-one tutoring. You and your learner will meet at a mutually convenient time and place for one, two-hour session each week.
  • Tutors help learners gain practical skills. Our learners’ goals range from holding conversations with their children’s teachers, speaking with doctors and shopping for chicken. Literacy DuPage will equip you with the knowledge and resources you need to provide a learning experience tailored to your learner’s specific goals.

Call (630) 416-6699 or visit our website at,, to register for one of our upcoming orientations.


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

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours / week for 6 months post training.
  • Attend 18 hours of training post orientation.

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