Literacy Volunteers of Bangor Looking for Tutors for New Training Session

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Improved literacy skills open doors. Literacy Volunteers is looking for volunteer tutors to help area adults open doors to a better future.

An estimated 20% of our local population lacks the literacy skills needed to get better jobs, help their children with homework, and participate fully in our community. Literacy Volunteers provides free, one-on-one trained tutors to adults who request them. Tutors help with basic literacy, English language instruction, and/or high school equivalency preparation.

If an adult finds the courage to ask for help, but must wait weeks or months to be assigned a tutor, the motivation may falter. So, new volunteer tutors are vital.

A new Tutor Training course starts Thursday, March 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up for the first session, Introduction to Literacy. This seminar helps volunteers decide whether this volunteer opportunity is a good fit for them.

The training that follows includes just four weekly evening sessions in either Basic Literacy or English Language Literacy on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

All sessions take place at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor. A contribution of $35 helps defray the costs of the textbook and materials. Scholarships are also available.

For more information on the tutor training and schedule, visit or call Literacy Volunteers at 947-8451.