For Volunteers

Volunteers are a key resource to the success of Adult Learners in Massachusetts. As a volunteer, you’ll provide educational and motivational support to members of your community. Adult Education programs value volunteers from all linguistic, professional and cultural backgrounds. Use your skills and expertise to get to know members of the Adult Education community in your area by volunteering.

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What do volunteers do?

Volunteers in adult education contribute in so many ways! Here are some examples of what you can do as a volunteer:

  • Tutor students one-on-one or in small groups
  • Collaborate with a teacher as a classroom assistant
  • Support special events and program management
  • Provide tech support to students and teachers
  • Teach a digital literacy class

Why volunteer?

  • Make a difference in your community
  • Grow your skills as an educator
  • Meet and connect with people in your community
  • Grow your leadership skills by collaborating with staff and other volunteers
  • Learn about adult education and adult education programs
  • Earn community service credit

When are volunteers needed?

Needs, roles, and schedules vary by program: some programs are looking for support for morning, afternoon, evening, or weekend classes; others will connect you with a student and let you find a time that works for both of you. Reach out to a program in your area for more information.

How much of a time commitment is needed?

The time commitment varies with each program. A typical minimum time commitment for a volunteer is 2-5 hours per week over a period of 3-12 months.

Will they train me?

Most programs offer training that is specific to your role, and many will continue to provide on-the-job support and mentorship once you’ve been placed in a volunteer role. Volunteering at an adult education program is a great way to grow your skills as an educator!

How do I start?

Online: Click on Find A Program to begin searching for a local program online. Follow the instructions to complete your customized search and use the contact list to call the appropriate programs and make an appointment with their volunteer coordinator.

By Phone: Call the Massachusetts Adult Literacy Help Desk at 1-800-447-8844. Help desk staff will provide you with several referrals to appropriate local programs. Next, call the programs to make an appointment to visit the program or to sign up for their volunteer training.

Resources and Support
Educators and volunteers working in adult education programs should check the SABES website for professional development opportunities and additional resources.
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