Tutor Spotlight
Tutor Spotlight

Tutor Spotlight

1. Introduce yourself:
My name is Heidi and I’ve lived in Charlottesville for over 20 years. Since volunteering within my community has always been an important part of my life, it was only a matter of time before I discovered Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle.

 2. Why did you choose to tutor at LVCA?
Mostly, my volunteer time had been spent working closely with children or the elderly. LVCA’s need for tutors to assist adult learners sounded like a new possibility. In addition, LVCA offered online training, which was very appealing in light of volunteer challenges created by the Pandemic.

3. What do you like about tutoring?
Tutoring adults so they might gain a better grasp of the English language and American culture allows me to share some of myself with some really brave and wonderful people. Building relationships with those who may not feel comfortable with or understand English allows me a chance to help our community become a more cohesive and friendlier place.

4. What is the biggest lesson you have learned from tutoring?
Respect and admiration for those facing challenges of relearning such basics as the English alphabet, or the mechanics of forming letters, or writing and saying words. I’m amazed every time a student attempts to say or write a word in English; it’s a huge deal and a humbling one.

February Training Dates 

We have new information sessions and tutor training sessions available now! Click the links below to register. Our student waitlist is growing, and we'd love to train new volunteers to help meet the needs of the adults who come to us for assistance. This is the perfect time to invest in becoming a tutor. 
Information sessions are one-hour workshops to learn more before committing to a training. Our next sessions are: 
  • February: February 24 6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. or February 25 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 
Training sessions are three 2-hour zoom sessions to equip volunteers for tutoring. Volunteers can tutor online, in-person, or a combination of both. Our next session starts next week: 
    • February: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
      • February 15, February 22, March 1 
      To register or for more information, visit literacyforall.org/tutors. If you have any questions, contact us at info@literacyforall.org.

      Participate in Wordplay this year! 

      Volunteer: It takes over 60 volunteers to help make the event a success. If you are interested please fill out this google form
      Register a team: Grab your friends and co-workers and make a team. For more information visit literacyforall.org/wordplay. The last day to register is February 25. 
      Purchase a raffle ticket: Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at our office (233 4th Street NW Suite 220) and at the event. We have some great prizes this year. Tickets are $5 each and $20 for 5. 
      Purchase an audience ticket: General audience tickets are available on the Paramount website and in our office. Tickets are $20 each. 
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