GET INVOLVED

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.

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

Tutor Requirements

  • 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 Saturday, December 4th at The Midtown Carnegie Library (397 E. Central). It will be from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The January training will be on the 22nd. 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 jandrus@ozarksliteracy.org

READY TO BECOME A TUTOR


Tutor Registration

Tutor Information

What is the best way to contact you? *

I identify my gender as *
Vaccine Status
Race/Ethnicity *
Employment Status *
Education *
Note: for tutor/student matching process

Availability - We make every effort to match you with someone with similar preferences.

Tutors/Students must meet in public locations such as the OLC office,online, libraries, businesses, churches, etc.
Tutors/Students must meet in public locations such as the OLC office,online, libraries, businesses, churches, etc.

What days are you available to meet with a student? *

Check all that apply

What day(s) would you prefer?

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What times of day can you meet with a student? *

Check all that apply

Are you flexible in the days and/or times you can meet? *

Would you be interested in tutoring online? *

Training for tutoring online would be provided.

Student age preference: *

Student gender preference: *

Would you consider tutoring someone with a disability? *

Would you consider tutoring with more than one student? *

This would not be until after you have worked with one student and are comfortable taking another student.
Would you consider tutoring someone who is not vaccinated? *

How did you learn about Ozarks Literacy Council? *

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.

Preschool Reader Registration

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Special Events & Community Fairs

Pizza and Pasta Bowl, Trivia Night, Barnyard Bash 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 CandyLand, Back to School Bash, 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.