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Become a Volunteer Tutor
Open a New Chapter in Someone’s Life!



YOU can make a difference in their lives!

OCO Literacy Volunteers is always looking for tutors in reading, math and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). According to the National Institute for Literacy, one in five American adults struggle with everyday reading and writing. They have trouble filling out a job application, understanding medicine labels or reading a story to their child. Tutoring allows you to share your joy of reading with another person, giving them the precious gift of literacy and helping them to achieve their goals.  All of our volunteers attend a training course that prepares them to teach a student.


Reading:  In-person training and online training for tutor volunteers is available. Tutors help adults with basic reading skills such as sounding out words and fluency.  You may also work with higher level readers who are improving their reading comprehension and vocabulary development skills.


ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages): Both in-person training and online training is available for tutor volunteers.   ESOL tutors help English language learners who were born in other countries and want to speak and understand English better.


Math: On-line math tutor volunteer training is available. Our students need help with basic math computation skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions.


Online Training: We offer Literacy New York’s tutor training program in reading, ESOL and math. The course contains videos, reading passages and quizzes about the material. 


After completing the training, volunteers are matched with a student whose literacy level and needs were assessed by our staff.  Tutors and students set up their own meeting times.  Tutors meet students at local libraries or other public areas.



Volunteer tutors are the cornerstone of Literacy Volunteers and this training covers a variety of topics to help the tutors work effectively with their adult learners. A support network of experienced tutors and LVOC staff are available to both learners and tutors.

For more information about the training or to inquire about OCO Literacy Volunteers, please contact us via email at or call 315-342-8839, ext. 201.

Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County, Inc. is a member agency of United Way of Greater Oswego County.