Volunteer

GET INVOLVED

Volunteers are the heart of our organization! We rely on volunteers to carry out our programs as well as help with our community events and fundraisers. Last year, OLC volunteers provided over 12,000 hours of service to the community.

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!

Volunteers make the mission and vision of OLC a reality. 

Click on the volunteer opportunity below you'd like to learn more about 

DO YOU HAVE 1 HOUR A WEEK TO CHANGE A LIFE? 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)

Volunteer tutors meet once each week for an hour with their student.  Teaching someone to read requires perseverance, flexibility, and patience to work at the speed of the student. Although the experience can be challenging, the majority of our volunteers find tutoring very rewarding

Our next tutor training will be on Saturday, October 9th at The Midtown Carnegie Library (397 E. Central).  It will be from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The November training will be on the 6th.

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

DO YOU LIKE TO READ TO CHILDREN?

Reading Resource Plan

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.

Classroom Reader

BECOME A PRESCHOOL READER AND HELP DEVELOP A LOVE FOR READING EARLY

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.

We are still in search of readers for this school year 2022-2023. Please fill out the form below if you’re interested.

Preschool Reader Registration

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.