Volunteers – What to Expect

Tutors are given 10 hours of certified training by a Literacy WV and ProLiteracy certified trainer in Labach Way to Read and the Wilson Reading System. English as a Second Language tutors use the Wilson Reading System and receive additional training. An inventory of books specific to this group is maintained. Tutors receive an overview in learning styles and an overview of the specific characteristics of our clientèle. The tutors turn in monthly activity hours to the literacy office.

Success is paramount for students returning to their education. Student and tutor set realistic, reachable goals, arrange a weekly schedule, a meeting place, and receive materials. Student and teacher reassess their goals regularly to encourage progress.

Our program outcomes are only achieved through the success of our students. The majority have been unsuccessful with their educational experiences for a variety of reasons, and usually have several issues they are dealing with. It is important to identify these issues and make appropriate referrals. Testing may reveal a long-term disability that we are not trained to handle. Regular contact with the Family Resource Network keeps us aware of services available in the community that can help these students.

Once a student approaches us for tutoring, we test him for an initial assessment. The results determine the best match of student and tutor. Many of our students are in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Our ESL students have come from Europe, Asia, and Latin America. They run the gamut from college educated to only a year or two of elementary school in their native land. Tutoring these students can be a culturally enriching experience.

If you would like to volunteer as a tutor, please call us at 304-757-1550, or email us at putnamliteracy@yahoo.com

Literacy Volunteers of Putnam County is housed at St. Timothy's in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, Hurricane, which donates space to our organization. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit affiliated with state and national organizations, Literacy West Virginia and ProLiteracy of America.

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