Volunteer as a Tutor: Help an Adult Meet their Life Goals through Literacy!

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ORGANIZATION: Blue Ridge Literacy


Make a difference in the life of an adult struggling with literacy. As a reading tutor, you can help an enthusiastic, motivated learner meet their life goals!

These life goals can include passing a High School Equivalency test, improving their career outlook, or even helping them to feel confident reading a bedtime story to their child.

Your desire to help someone achieve their literacy goals is all it takes to get started--we give you the rest with a one-time Volunteer Training designed to introduce you to the populations we serve and the materials and strategies found most effective when working with adults.

Become a valued member of BRL's volunteer team and let's meet literacy goals!

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About Blue Ridge Literacy


706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke, VA 24016, US

Mission Statement

Since 1985, Blue Ridge Literacy (BRL) has been the leading nonprofit organization to offer literacy services to American and foreign-born adults in Southwest Virginia. The mission of BRL is to support adult learners achieve their life goals through functional literacy skills. BRL adapts its services to the needs of the community. This helps adult learners gain equitable access to the skills they need to improve their lives and create a better future for themselves and their families.


Blue Ridge Literacy was founded in 1985 by two librarians who wanted to address a need in their community. The mission of Blue Ridge Literacy is to support the achievement of life goals by providing opportunities to strengthen literacy skills to adults in western Virginia. One of our main philosophies is to keep a learner's goals and interests in mind when working with them.
We encourage our volunteers, teachers, and tutors to get to know their learners or classroom so that they are better able to teach. Similarly, we tell all of our learners to ask their teachers questions and to tell their instructor what they are interested in. Operating tutoring sessions and classes in this way ensures a reciprocal relationship that may differ from a traditional student/teacher dynamic. BRL has found that developing relationships in an educational setting aids the learning process when working with adult learners.
All 1:1 tutor training and classroom training is available to adults in the Virginia counties of Roanoke, Botetourt, Franklin, Alleghany and Craig, and the cities of Roanoke and Salem.


Education & Literacy
Community, Education & Literacy, Employment


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Roanoke, VA 24016



  • Tutoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Adult Education
  • Reading / Writing
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours per week for 6 months
  • A one time Volunteer Training including in-person and online/self-paced options. There is a one time training fee of $30

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