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. Our star tutors demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Are at least 18 years of age 
  • Are able to commit to tutoring for 2 hours a week (one 60-90 minute student session plus 30 minutes of prep) for a period of 6 months
  • Are able to explain things using simplified language
  • Are patient, compassionate, supportive, enthusiastic, and reliable
  • Are able to follow directions to ensure consistency of instruction
  • Have a valid email address and regular email access
  • Are willing to complete background screening

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.