I have been a literacy volunteer for almost four years. This is the most gratifying activity I have ever participated in. I am as excited as my student every time he moves to a new level, receives a promotion at work, or even just describes a successful encounter with an English speaker. As I see his self-confidence grow I am as proud of him as I am of my own children. I would highly recommend volunteering with LVFV to anyone who enjoys making a difference in an individual's life.
I have been a volunteer for over 20 years and have helped students from Japan, Bulgaria, Poland, Russia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Columbia, and others learn to read, write and speak English in order that they might find a better job, help their children in school, take the naturalization test to become a citizen and other goals they are pursuing. This is a VERY rewarding volunteer opportunity and I highly recommended it those of you who have extra time (one to two hours per week) to give back to our community.
Being in a banking industry and visiting corporate business's, we have a need in the community to educate our employees so that they in turn can be more productive in work and at home. Also in our schools to help parents communicate and educate.
I became a literacy tutor about 8 months ago. The training is very good and once I got my student, I found tutoring to be much easier than I had anticipated. I have a wonderful student. Tutoring is one of the most rewarding activities I do.
Take a few moments and review their website. Many questions will be answered under the volunteer section. Then volunteer - you won't regret it.
I have been involved with LVFV as a student tutor and Board Member for several years and can attest to the dedication of our Staff,
Tutor Volunteers, and our Board. We seem to make a lot happen with a little. The many hours we all contribute are very rewarding when you see the joy and strength our students derive from learning English and how they "pay it forward" by their own volunteerism. A very worthwhile non-for-profit I am proud to be associated with.