“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Gandhi
We want you to be successful in your volunteer experience so it is important to find an opportunity that suits your schedule, interests and skills. As you read about the various volunteer opportunities, please take some time to consider the following:
At what times during the day or evening are you available? The opportunities listed include information about what times volunteers are needed. Some programs have specific times when they can use volunteers, others allow greater flexibility. School-based programs will be limited to school hours and sometimes after school, but other programs allow for the tutor and learner to find a mutually convenient time.
How long can you stick with the same volunteer job? Each program has different requirements of its volunteers – some would like you to commit to an entire school year, others may ask for several weeks. Be realistic when considering how much time per week you are able to give, and how long a commitment you’re able to make. Learners benefit from consistency, so try to be sure that you can honor the commitments you make.
Interests and preferences
The organizations listed on this site serve diverse populations, from preschoolers to incarcerated adults. Although the primary concern of the PLC is to promote early childhood literacy, we recognize that one size does not fit all. Consider not only the age of the person you’d like to work with, but also under what conditions: would you like to visit daycare facilities, or does working in an elementary school sound better? Some programs are very structured and others are less so. Some tutoring programs give tutors a script to follow, while others give tutors more flexibility to create their own lesson plans.
Are you ready to start?
You can find a listing of our partner organizations here.
We would be happy to help you find the right volunteer opportunity, just contact us!