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Reading tutors needed for Literacy Center of West Michigan

The Literacy Center of West Michigan will be hosting an orientation for individuals wishing to donate their time as reading tutors.

/Courtesy of the Literacy Center of West Michigan

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Literacy Center of West Michigan

1120 Monroe Avenue NW, Suite 240
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

On Wednesday, January 7 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. the Literacy Center of West Michigan will host a volunteer tutor orientation for individuals who wish to become involved. 

Volunteering with the Literacy Center involves a minimal commitment of two hours a week where tutor and learner meet at a mutually convenient location to work on reading, writing and speaking skills. The learner commits to work on various homework activities outside of the allotted tutor session. 

"There is a tremendous need for literacy services in our community and often the needs of adults are overlooked," says Valerie Emmenecker, Program Manager. "The Adult Tutoring Program provides one-on-one assistance to those reading below the fninth grade level in English. These individuals are parents to children in our local schools. They struggle to help their kids with homework or read bedtime stories. They are hardworking employees in area businesses, and they are unable to read crucial materials such as safety manuals. They come to the Literacy Center with the desire to better themselves through literacy and education."

According to Emmenecker, tutors typically report that they learn as much or more from learners, as many of them come from around the world with cultural expertise and knowledge that they enjoy sharing. 

"The dedication on behalf of both parties is truly inspiring. The adult learners make tremendous sacrifices in order to pursue their individual goals and dreams," says Emmenecker. "Tutors open their hearts and minds when developing a partnership with a community member in need."

There are consistently 50 or more learners waiting for a tutor at any given time that current volunteer corps cannot keep up with. The Literacy Center is always actively recruiting volunteers. Individuals interested can sign up on the website or by calling 459-5151.

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