Volunteer Opportunities

New volunteers are always welcome!

Our number one need is for tutors…

Tutors make this organization possible!  By volunteering your time working with adults, families, and young people, you allow us to fulfill our mission of supporting the literacy goals of adults and families living in Southwest Minnesota.

If you are 18 or older and can read, write, and speak English well, we can be train you to become a literacy tutor. You do not need to be a professional teacher or have a college degree. For more information, see our For Tutors page.

but we have many other volunteer opportunities!

These include assistance with:

  • Office and clerical tasks
  • Special events planning
  • Translating and interpreting
  • Public relations and outreach events
  • Web and social media content
  • Graphic design and visual arts
  • Board leadership
  • Committees and task groups
  • Curriculum design

One-time and group volunteer opportunities

We sometimes have one-time opportunities for individuals and groups. We ask that you contact us two weeks in advance if possible so we can arrange the event. We would love to come speak with your group, business, or organization about volunteer opportunities and other ways to be advocates for literacy.

 Expectations of Volunteers

All volunteers complete a Volunteer Application.   Submitting an application does not guarantee volunteer placement. We hope to have a “fillable” online form by early fall.

Our volunteers are representatives of LV*SW*MN. We provide you with training and ongoing support. We ask you to review and follow all policies and procedures in our “Volunteer Handbook” or provided in other documents related to volunteer duties.


All volunteers  provide a minimum of two references who are not family members. These references must be people who know the volunteer well and can speak about the volunteer’s skills and character.  Possible references include employers, teachers, supervisors at other volunteer positions, or clergy members.

Direct service volunteer placements and certain other positions require individuals to complete a background check. LV*SW*MN will cover this fee, but we appreciate if a volunteer is able to offer a donation to help defray this cost..

All volunteers must complete the orientation and training appropriate to their role(s).  A record of training and hours are maintained by the volunteer coordinator.


All volunteers  must maintain learner confidentiality.  They may discuss concerns and share information with LV*SW*MN staff members.

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