Literacy Volunteers Recruiting New Tutors

PLAINFIELD – Literacy Volunteers of Union County (LVUC), a volunteer driven, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the literacy of adults and their families in Union County, is now registering for the Winter 2012 New Tutor Training Workshop.

The workshop will take place at the Plainfield Public Library, located at 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield. The three part workshop series will be conducted Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4 and if needed for a snow day, Feb. 11. The workshop begins promptly at 9:30 am and concludes at 2:45 p.m. Attendance is required at all sessions to become a certified tutor of both Basic Reading Skills and English as a Second Language.

Certified tutors will be assigned a student(s) from LVUC’s waiting list of over 200 adults in Union County who are hoping to be matched with a volunteer. The volunteer tutor meets with their student(s) in a public location, usually a Union County Public Library, for one to two hours each week. New volunteers are asked to make a commitment of 50 hours, which usually takes about one year to complete.

LVUC provides ongoing support to new tutors in the form of free in-services on specific topics such as Health Literacy, Learning Disabilities, Financial Literacy and Developing ESL Conversation and Small Group Instruction. The Tutor Liaison Committee provides additional support through a mentoring program, which brings more experienced tutors and new volunteers together to share ideas.

To volunteer, you must be at least 18 years old and be able to speak and read English. You do not need to have any teaching experience and you do not need to speak a foreign language. During the workshop new volunteers will be taught techniques and develop skills to tutor adult learners.

There is a $40 non-refundable registration fee to cover the cost of materials distributed to new volunteers at the workshop. Need based scholarships are available to cover the cost of registration to qualifying individuals and are based on availability.

For more information on Literacy Volunteers, visit or email You may register for the workshop the LVUC website by clicking on the link in Upcoming Events. You may also contact Susan at 1-908-755-7998

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