Harriet Ray wins volunteer award with United Way Southwest Virginia
Harriet Ray wins volunteer award with United Way Southwest Virginia

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.”
–Margaret Mead

  Volunteers are used for teaching:

Reading
English
Basic Computer Skills
English as a Second Language

These volunteers are matched with a student for one-on-one tutoring. They usually spend from 1 to 1 1/2 hours per session learning to read or to use the computer.

We ask that reading/writing tutors be willing to dedicate at least a year to the student. Tutors for computer skills will need to dedicate about two months to see a student through a course. The only other requirements for our tutors is that they are at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED.

How to Become a Volunteer!

H.E.L.P. is always looking for new volunteers to help with reading, computer, or family literacy programs. These volunteers should have empathy and compassion and be willing to dedicate one to two hours a week to help improve the lives of their neighbors.

To volunteer, just fill out the Volunteer Application and email it helplit@embarqmail.com or mail it to P. O. Box 2044, Abingdon, VA 24212. Once it’s received, you will be called by our Executive Director for an interview and then be put on a list for tutor training that is held about three times per year. If you’ve had Laubach training or have teaching experience, you may be matched with the student without first having the training.

Volunteer Application