Tutor Spotlight: Fred McManus
Fred McManus always knew he would tutor. He would see people working with students in the libraries in and around Syracuse, and thought “it was a shame” that so many people in this country were struggling with illiteracy.
In 2014, he decided to get involved. After completing his training, he had a choice: to work with English language learners, or native English speakers.
“I chose ESL [English as a Second Language], thinking that I could learn from the students,” he explained.
Today, Fred helps lead Conversation Groups at LiteracyCNY on Tuesdays, and at the Dr. Weeks Elementary School every week. He also tutors a student in a one-on-one setting in his free time. For him, working with these students is both a rewarding and enriching experience.
“In conversation group, I get exposed to a lot of different people from a lot of different places. They teach me a lot about the world, about how courageous they are and what they had to go through to get here, and about how hard they work. They have a tremendous work ethic. They want to learn.”
When asked what the most interesting thing a student has ever said to him, he responded with a smile, “Do we have to take a break?”
Adult literacy makes our community stronger! The possibilities are endless for an adult learning to read, write and speak English. Getting involved with LiteracyCNY promises to be one of the most fulfilling experiences you will ever have.
LiteracyCNY offers training for volunteers to work with adult literacy students:
* In one-to-one tutor-student pairs
* In small group classes taught by credentialed instructors
* In oral English conversation practice groups
* In OCM BOCES and Syracuse City School District adult classes helping struggling students
For information about volunteer training opportunities, call LiteracyCNY Volunteer Coordinator Caroline Bianchi at 315-471-1300 X177 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office and Event Support
Provide assistance with preparing bulk mailings, data entry, answering the telephone, compiling workshop manuals, copying, and updating mailing lists. To inquire about volunteering in our office, call LiteracyCNY Operations Manager Betsy Lang at 315-471-1300 X172.
Do you have a special technical skill (e.g. Human Resources, Legal, Information Technologies) or talent (e.g. Graphic Arts, Writing and Editing, Fund Raising)? We are always looking for capable and interested people to join our Board of Directors to lend their expertise to our staff. To express interest, please send an inquiry and resume to our Executive Director, Marsha Tait, at mtait@LiteracyCNY.org.
Save the date for 2018 LiteracyCNY SCRABBLE Mania!
SCRABBLE Mania is an evening of food, fun, music, local celebrities, and competitive team SCRABBLE playing — all for the great cause of promoting adult literacy in our community.
When: Friday, February 2, 2018. Doors open at 5 p.m. All volunteers will be required to arrive by 4 p.m.
Where: Sky Armory, Syracuse NY. Parking will be available at a reduced rate in the adjacent garage.
To volunteer for SCRABBLE Mania: Contact Operations Manager Betsy Lang by email at info@LiteracyCNY.org or 471-1300 X172 by Dec. 31, 2017. All event volunteers will be required to attend event training.