Seeking volunteers to help adult learners
Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle (LVCA) is actively recruiting new volunteers to become tutors to adults in Central Virginia. New volunteers will be trained online to tutor an adult using online video platforms. The next training opportunity for new volunteers will begin Saturday, March 13 at 10:00 a.m. Training is offered monthly on a rotating offer of morning, evening, or weekend sessions.
Like many organizations and individuals, LVCA changed operations due to the pandemic. Technology and virtual instruction now allow the organization to continue offering services while the physical office remains closed. Most student-tutor pairs are meeting virtually using online video platforms.
“Switching to online meetings have allowed my student and me to have a more productive tutoring experience overall,” said Charlie, a volunteer who made the transition to virtual tutoring. “Our ability to work through written materials together has not been hindered, and meeting via Zoom has provided a great opportunity to practice speaking and listening in the type of online environment that she has to navigate daily at work.”
New Virtual Tutor Training launched in October 2020. “Our monthly tutor training used to be an all-day event,” said Heather Tebbenhoff, Community Engagement Specialist. “Because eight hours is a long time to be in a video training, we restructured our training into three, 2-hour Zoom meetings, with additional training to be completed independently between the sessions.” Since launching the virtual training opportunities, LVCA has trained 50 new volunteers.
Anyone interested in joining an upcoming training session can visit literacyforall.org/tutors to register. LVCA also offers monthly orientation sessions for those who would like to learn more before committing to a full training session.
Prospective volunteers must be 18+ and willing to make a one-year commitment to the education of their students. Tutors are expected to provide eight hours of instruction each month.