NOTICE: Due to the recent increase of COVID cases in our area, Literacy Services has suspended in-person tutoring for the month of January. Virtual volunteer opportunities are still available and we will continue to hold virtual volunteer orientations throughout the month. We hope to resume in-person tutoring in February if the situation improves.

From tutors who work one-on-one with our students, to those who support our events and fundraising activities, we're grateful for the generosity, dedication, and commitment of all our volunteers. Our volunteer program is comprised of a diverse group of respected and engaged volunteers who increase our capacity to fulfill our mission with their gift of service. For more information about volunteer opportunities, call us at (414) 344-5878 or email volunteer@literacyservices.org.

What does it take to be a tutor?

Each of us has our own set of unique skills, but not all of us have the combination of skills needed to be an effective tutor. We use a matching process to determine if someone would be a good fit. The first step is to begin to evaluate your skills, abilities, and interests to see if they match the qualifications we seek in tutors. Use the following questions to gauge if you are a good candidate for tutoring:

  • Are you 18 years of age or older and have some college experience?
  • Are you able to commit to tutoring for at least one 90 minute session a week for a period of 6 months?
  • Are you able to explain things using simplified language?
  • Are you patient, compassionate, supportive, enthusiastic, and reliable?
  • Are you able to follow directions to ensure consistency of instruction?
  • Do you have a valid email address and regular email access?

How do I apply?


When you are ready to apply, please complete and submit an online volunteer application.


After you apply, we'll contact you for specific training in your desired area of volunteering.