Each year Anixter Center and its division-Chicago Hearing Society (CHS) -6,000 children, teens and adults by providing employment, residential, educational, health and social/recreational services. Each program focuses on helping our clients become involved in the community. What makes us truly unique are the array of services we offer plus our ability to help people at every stage of life-children, teens, young adults and older adults. Our clients span the age spectrum, from birth to 90+, and represent all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Most have a least one disability and many have more than one. While we serve people of all income levels, the vast majority of our clients have incomes significantly below the poverty level.
Over 20 years ago, Anixter Center realized that literacy was essential in its efforts to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. To answer that need, Anixter Center created the Jack Ehrlich Literacy Program, the first and only Chicago area literacy program that focuses on the unique needs of individuals with disabilities.
What makes Anixter Center’s Jack Ehrlich Literacy Program unique?
1. Many literacy programs operate in a group setting, but our program primarily provides adult learners with a volunteer tutor for 1 on 1 individualized attention.
2. Adult learners determine the goals that are important to their lives and work on accomplishing them with the assistance of their tutor. Goals can vary from: the ability to understand prescriptive drug instructions, reading a map to plan a pathway to a destination, gaining computer skills, learning the alphabet, or finding a job.
3. We also offer small groups in subjects such as: computers, basic math, creative writing, and reading.
Our volunteer tutors commit at least 1 hour each week for at least 3 months, although the average time in our program is about 2 years! The tutoring experience can be greatly beneficial to both learner and tutor. We offer free pre-tutoring training as well as many continuing training opportunities throughout the year. Anixter Center (located at 2032 N Clybourn Ave) Literacy Program is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Off-site and evenings matches possible (usually at public libraries). We try to accommodate all schedules!
Simply put: we couldn’t assist so many individuals with disabilities without the dedication of our volunteers!
- Literacy / Reading
- Special Needs
- Adult Education
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Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- 1 Hour, at least three month committment