Volunteers are central to our mission. Tutors are our greatest need!

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We train literacy tutors to work with all ages and we provide tutors with ongoing support. Do you love math or writing? Then tutor an adult to pass her GED. Would you prefer to work with a teacher? Then assist at a drop-in tutoring site for adult learners where we have students at all levels of literacy. Do you enjoy working with families? Then support immigrant and refugee families who are learning English. Are you passionate about art, science, math, or tech? Then volunteer with young people and families in STEAM (science-tech-engineering-arts-math) literacy and learning projects. Do you want to see middle and high school students succeed in school? Then volunteer as a tutor or mentor.

Help a learner reach his or her literacy goals.

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Our tutors do all of these things and more because they believe that literacy changes lives.

We welcome new volunteers who want to make literacy and lifelong learning accessible to everyone in our region. If tutoring is not possible for you right now, please contact us. We have other “essential support” volunteer opportunities: assist in our office; help plan events; serve on a task force or committee; invite us to speak at your workplace or with your community group; lead a discussion on literacy topics; serve as a “host” for some of our community family events; and the list goes on!

Together, we can meet the literacy needs in our community.

Literacy Volunteers of Southwest Minnesota tutors work with:

  • English Language Learner adults, families, and young people (ELL/ESL) who have a first language other than English.  Their language abilities will range from limited English to nearly fluent.
  • Families who are interested in learning more about STEAM literacy.
  • Native English speakers who want to improve their reading, writing, or public speaking skills
  • Adults working to complete their GED.
  • Adults who want to improve their math or digital literacy skills for work opportunities or personal use.
  • Adults who want to obtain their U.S. citizenship.
  • Individuals who want to begin or return to college and need to brush up on reading, writing, math, or study skills.

Click here for a copy of our Volunteer Application.

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION and TRAINING:  We want to schedule orientation sessions that will work for you. Orientation session will provide information about:

  • LV*SW*MN’s mission and programs
  • A tutor training overview
  • Adult education programs in Minnesota
  • Other “essential support” volunteer opportunities

There will be time for questions as well.  We will schedule your tutor training if becoming a volunteer tutor is a good fit for you.

If you would like additional information or to schedule a tutor orientation, please email us  at literacy.swmn@gmail.com or complete the contact form:

We will respond to you within 7 days.