Click here to watch a video of LiteracyCNY volunteers describe their experiences.
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.
Click here to watch a video of LiteracyCNY Founder Ruth J. Colvin’s recent appeal for volunteers.
LiteracyCNY offers training for volunteers to work with adult literacy students:
* In one-to-one pairs
* In small group classes taught by credentialled instructors
* In oral English conversation practice groups
* In computer labs
Click here to watch a video of adult literacy students talking about their experiences.
For information about volunteer training opportunities, call LiteracyCNY Program Manager Robin Morgan at 315-471-1300 X173 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why volunteer at LiteracyCNY? 2015 SRC Summer Intern Sara Henderson has this to say:
The city of Syracuse is much different than the suburbs of Baldwinsville [where I grew up], from the variety of people, to the overall feel of the place. In my internship at LiteracyCNY, I’ve learned about the various walks of life including refugees who don’t know English, and the one in six adults in Onondaga County who have low literacy skills. I was surprised at information like this. I had never thought of adult education, but I never imagined it being such a problem, especially so close to home.
What LiteracyCNY does is help adults with literacy skills below the sixth grade level get back on their feet and obtain set goals. This can be help with reading and writing to find a job, to get their license, or even to just read their own mail. I had the honor of working with the most highly motivated student I’ve ever met. Theresa first came to LiteracyCNY with the reading skill of a third grader; she is now taking classes at the Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center in their High School Equivalency program. When I worked with her she read smoothly and efficiently. In addition to Theresa, I also got to work with English Language Learners. LiteracyCNY holds conversation groups where foreigners and refugees have the opportunity to practice and learn English and I had the opportunity to sit in on every one in the months of June and July. Their life stories and ah-ha moments in understanding our complicated native language gave me a pleasurable and memorable experience. Many students are motivated to improve and love learning new things, as well as the volunteers.
In my time at LiteracyCNY, I have had time to talk to about ten of around two hundred volunteers. Each one told me about their time tutoring or just helping out, and each one enjoyed every moment. I was happy to see the volunteers as enthusiastic and driven as the students. The workers and volunteers at LiteracyCNY work hard to see lightbulbs light up in their students head as they improve. Their dedication changes the lives of many adults in the city of Syracuse.
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 2016 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.
Don’t miss internationally acclaimed jazz musicians Ronnie Leigh and Marcus Curry – and celebrity emcees Ted & Amy from 93Q!
When: Friday, January 29, 2016. Doors open at 5 p.m. All volunteers will be required to arrive by 4 p.m.
Where: The Oncenter, 800 South State St., Syracuse NY. Parking will be available at a reduced rate in the Oncenter garage.
To volunteer: Contact Operations Manager Betsy Lang by email at info@LiteracyCNY.org or 471-1300 X172 by Dec. 31, 2015. All event volunteers will be required to attend event training.