Share the gift of literacy.
Volunteers are the heart of our organization!
We rely on volunteers to implement our programs as well as help with our community events and fundraisers.
Volunteers make the mission and vision of OLC a reality!
Ozarks Literacy Council provides FREE tutoring for children and adults as well as classroom readers for preschool and elementary classrooms. In order to provide these amazing services FREE, we need volunteer tutors and readers!
Last year, OLC volunteers provided over 12,000 hours of service to the community.
Tutor training sessions, June 18 & July 23. 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
DO YOU HAVE 1 HOUR A WEEK TO CHANGE A LIFE? BECOME A VOLUNTEER TUTOR
Read more about the volunteer opportunities below.
BECOME A VOLUNTEER TUTOR
- At Least 18 Years Old
- High School Reading Level
- Able To Speak And Write Clearly
- Complete Tutor Training Session (One-Time)
- Pass Background Check As Related To The Tutor Duties
- Commit To At Least One Year Of Tutoring (but we’re flexible depending on situation)
Our next tutor training will be on March 12th at The Midtown Carnegie Library (397 E. Central). It will be from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. We will be providing breakfast snacks, coffee, water, lunch and all materials needed at that time. If you would like to attend please complete the form below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our upcoming training will be on April 30th.
READY TO BECOME A TUTOR
DO YOU LIKE TO READ TO CHILDREN?
READ TO A CLASSROOM AND SHARE YOUR LOVE FOR READING
Classroom readers model fluency, encourage imagination, and introduces students to different genres and authors. This year we are at Williams Elementary, #bookitmustangs. Volunteers read to a class on the third Wednesday of every month and send each child home with a free book. We also offer parent tips, class and individual incentives, and rewards for effort and enthusiasm.
BECOME A PRESCHOOL READER AND HELP DEVELOP A LOVE FOR READING EARLY
Our preschool program volunteers visit SPS Wonder Years classrooms four times during the school year to read, play an educational activity, and send each child home with a free book. Early literacy programs are important in growing readers and helping children be ready for kindergarten. The Ozarks Literacy Council (OLC) strives to make kids’ enthusiasm for reading expand beyond the classroom and into the child’s home. OLC volunteers visit a Wonder Years classroom in Springfield each quarter. Lessons for each visit are written to meet the developmental needs of students. In OLC’s 2020 Survey, 100% of parents reporting re-reading the books to their children and stated their child’s interest in reading had increased. (Wonder Years is a program for preschool children that will go to Kindergarten the following year.)
We currently have all the required readers for this program but if you would like to be contacted in August of next school year, please fill out the form below.
Register to be a classroom/preschool reader
Special Events & Community Fairs
Trivia Night,Run for Reading and the OLC-BEE are among OLC’s most exciting Special Events! Up to 30 volunteers are needed to help at each event in many areas from ticket sales, silent auction assistants, and so much more! Additionally, OLC works to get books in the hands of children by giving away free books at Community Events such as Seuss Science Day, Juneteenth, Grant Beach Neighborhood Night Out and more. We are always in need of outgoing volunteers who would like to help give out books and promote OLC programs. If you enjoy a hands-on experience, OLC would love to have your help! Check out more information on events page.