Connect with people and promote lifelong learning! Be an adult literacy tutor.


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Volunteer Services205 NE RussellPortland, OR 97212


Contribute your skills to Multnomah County Library’s drop-in tutoring program for adults. Encourage and tutor English language learners, basic education learners and learners that are preparing for the GED. Help them complete learning activities either in a small group setting or individually.

Time Commitment & Location
Two hour shift once a week for a minimum of six months. Drop in tutors are needed at the following locations. Please note that our greatest need is for tutors at Midland Library.

Midland Library, 805 SE 122 Ave., Portland, OR
Program time: Tuesdays 5 - 7 pm
From: Feb. 6 thru June 26

Central Library, 801 SW 10 Ave., Portland, OR
Program time: Thursdays 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
From: Feb. 8 thru June 28

North Portland Library, 512 N Killingsworth St., Portland, OR
Program time: Mondays 4 - 7 pm
From: Mar. 12 thru June 25

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Engage learners using open-ended questions to determine their specific goals
  • Facilitate small group of adults in learning activities that pertain to their goals, such as developing reading comprehension skills, writing skills, basic math skills, learning vocabulary, etc.
  • Help English language learners develop speaking and listening skills using learning activities provided by library staff
  • Assist learners to develop reading comprehension and writing skills; offer literacy learning activities and/or assist individuals with reading materials that they have selected; offer to read learners’ written work and provide constructive feedback and encouragement
  • Be well prepared and offer learning activities that are based on the interests of the learners; offer to review work that learners have completed independently
  • Share knowledge of a subject such as English, history, mathematics, science and social studies
  • Demonstrate ESL and literacy websites that provide learning activities
  • Record and report session attendance
  • Refer learners to reference staff if they need help finding books, online resources and community services
  • Review and respond to emails from Adult Literacy Coordinator
  • Abide by library policies including vulnerable populations and intellectual freedom.

Special Skills and Qualifications

  • Minimum 18 years or older
  • High school or GED diploma
  • Completion of one year of college or vocational school
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Teaching or tutoring experience preferred
  • Empathy and a friendly demeanor
  • Exceptional communication and active listening skills
  • Proficiency in basic math, using email and word processing
  • Patience, flexibility and creativity
  • Willingness to use a variety of methods to promote understanding with students
  • Respects diversity and appreciates diverse learning abilities
  • Commitment to help individuals reach personal educational goals
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to collaborate with other volunteers and staff
  • Ability to pass a criminal record check


Orientation, in-person and ongoing training
In-service meetings for continuing education


Interact with people from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
Enhance your skills in adult education
Engage in a meaningful service
Promote lifelong learning


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

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hour shift once a week for a minimum of 6 months
  • Pass a criminal record check

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