Literacy Volunteers Registering For New Tutor Workshop

CRANFORD — 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 Spring 2012 New Tutor Training Workshop Series.

The workshop will take place at the Cranford Community Center, located at 220 Walnut Avenue in Cranford. The six part workshop series will be conducted Monday and Wednesday evenings April 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 and May 2 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Please note this is a slight change to previously published times. 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 tutor. 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, able to speak and read English and willing to tutor in Union County. 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 learn 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 for qualifying individuals and are based on availability.

For more information on Literacy Volunteers visit or contact Susan at 1-908-755-7998 or To register for the New Tutor Training Workshop, click on the link in Upcoming Events on the website.

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