Literacy Volunteer Directory

Literacy Volunteer Directory


Table of Contents:

The following information was gathered from each organization’s website.


A. The Literacy Project (Northampton)

B. Center for New Americans (Northampton)

C. Voices from the Inside (Chicopee, Springfield, South Hadley)

D. Jones Library (Amherst)

E. Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County (Pittsfield)

F. The Literacy Network of South Berkshire (Lee)

G. Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts (LVM) (Pittsfield, Worcester)

H. Springfield Literacy Volunteers (Springfield):


For a list of additional organizations, go to this online directory:


A. The Literacy Project (Northampton):

The Literacy Project provides education in basic skills for adults at community learning centers throughout western Massachusetts.

A community-based non-profit formed in 1984, The Literacy Project (TLP) covers a 1,100 square mile region, serving Franklin and Hampshire Counties, and western Worcester County.  Classes are offered in Greenfield, Orange, Northampton, Amherst, Ware and Warren.  We serve over 400 students each year with a staff of approximately 20. They offer academic classes in adult literacy and GED preparation & transitions programs to help students pursue college, vocational training and work.


Once a week, for 1-3 hours a session for at least 6 months or two school semesters. If you can’t make the commitment but still want to help, call the volunteer coordinator to discuss possible options.

The Literacy Project offers individualized training, primarily on-line. It does not need to be completed prior to volunteering; the LP asks that you complete the training within the first six weeks of tutoring. A background in teaching is not required.

Contact Info:

For more information, contact Margaret Anderson, Volunteer Coordinator, 413-774-3934, ext. 15,

The Literacy Project, Northampton

James House Community Learning Center

42 Gothic Street, Northampton, MA 01062




B. Center for New Americans (Northampton):

Center for New Americans (CNA) is a community-based, non-profit adult education center that provides the under-served immigrant, refugee and migrant communities of Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley with education and resources to learn English, become involved community members and obtain tools necessary to maintain economic independence and stability. CNA teaches English, provides help with Immigration and Citizenship and provides support services.


Center for New Americans and its students benefit greatly from the involvement of community volunteers.

Volunteers work one-on-one with learners or assist in the classroom to help students to build language skills, gain cultural knowledge, and work toward meeting their own individual goals. No experience or foreign language skills are necessary. Extensive training and ongoing support are provided.

 Contact Info:

Information for volunteering: Peg at 413-587-0084, ext 15 or

James House

42 Gothic Street, Northampton, MA 01060



C. Voices from Inside (Chicopee, Springfield, South Hadley):

Voices from Inside provides writing workshops to women who are – or have been – incarcerated. We sometimes provide workshops to girls and women who are at risk for incarceration. In addition, we bring the women we work with into the community for conversations, presentations and performances so that they can share their writing and interact with the community.

We regularly offer workshops at:

 – Western Mass Regional Women’s Correctional Center in Chicopee

– Western Mass Correctional Alcohol Center in Springfield

– After Incarceration Support Service

– Robert F. Kennedy Program for Girls in South Hadley


Voices from Inside runs on volunteers. Although we have the equivalent of one paid staff member, we have about twenty volunteers who lead writing groups and serve on committees.

Contact Info:

For more information, email


D. Jones Library (Amherst):

The Jones Library E.S.L. Center is an award winning program providing volunteer tutors, tutoring space, study materials, computer-assisted instruction, citizenship classes, English classes and referrals to adult immigrants in the Amherst area.


If you can meet with an adult immigrant twice a week; speak English fluently and clearly; are a supportive listener; enjoy learning about other cultures; attend 4 training sessions (or have prior experience/training); and can volunteer for at least 9 months or two semesters; then consider volunteering as an E.S.L. tutor at the Jones Library.

E.S.L tutors help adult immigrants learn to speak, understand, read, and write English to meet self-identified goals and become linguistically self-reliant. They help newcomers to access the information and services they need to live safe and productive lives, to raise healthy families, and to become full participants in the community.

 Contact Information:

Applications are available at the Jones Library or online.

43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 259-3093

Lynne Weintraub, OR


E. Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County (Pittsfield):

Founded in 1980, Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County (LVBC) is located at the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s public library. Trained and qualified volunteers provide one-on-one tutoring to adults in basic reading and writing, and in conversational English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). Tutors meet students for two hours of instruction each week in the library at a time that’s mutually convenient, and scheduling is flexible. Instruction is individualized to reflect the needs, abilities and goals of each leaner. Lessons may focus on such topics as reading and completing forms, English needed for a job, writing a letter or reading to a child. As their skills improve, these adult students gain confidence and are able to take on more challenging jobs, become better role models for their children and more engaged citizens and members of our communities.


Volunteers don’t have to have prior teaching experience, and it’s not necessary for a volunteer to speak a foreign language to help a student learn to speak or read English. All volunteers complete 18 hours of training, held in six sessions of three hours each, over a period of three weeks. You will learn about teaching techniques, materials and lesson planning. Once you’ve completed the training you’ll be matched with a student. We ask that you make a 6-9 month commitment to the program, giving two hours of tutoring and an hour of prep time each week. Tutors and students meet at the Pittsfield public library at a time that’s mutually convenient.

 Contact Info:

Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County

One Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Phone: 413.499.9487



F. The Literacy Network of South Berkshire (Lee):

Our mission is to make one-on-one instruction in basic academic skills accessible to adults living in southern Berkshire County. Through the use of community volunteers trained by Literacy Network staff, we provide instruction on a confidential basis in reading, math, obtaining a high school equivalency diploma, and learning English as a second language. All services are provided without charge and tailored to the individual student’s learning needs. We are committed to making learning a lifelong endeavor enriching the lives of both individual learners and our communities.


Tutors do not need to speak another language or have prior teaching experience. We provide 3 training sessions and offer ongoing support to our tutors.  Our tutors and students meet weekly in public locations throughout South County. Tutors need to be high school graduates and18 years of age or older. Commitment of an hour a week, for about a year, is desired.

Contact Info:

100 Main Street, Lee, MA 01238



G. Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts (LVM) (Pittsfield, Worcester)

LVM is Massachusetts’ leading provider of literacy tutoring for adults and has a network of 12 programs throughout the state. Each local LVM program sponsors additional services and activities based on the needs of the local community.


Volunteers attend a 2-hour orientation and an 18-hour training before being matched to tutor for 2 hours per week for 9 to 12 months. LVM’s professional staff provides ongoing support and sponsors activities to help both the student and tutor succeed and achieve the student’s goals.

Volunteers must be over age 18 and have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Contact Info:


LV of Berkshire County

One Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Karen Wallace



LV of Greater Worcester

3 Salem Street, Worcester, MA 01608

Laurie Tigan




H. Springfield Literacy Volunteers (Springfield):

Springfield Literacy Volunteers is a program sponsored by the Springfield City Library, offering individualized instruction in English as a second language or basic literacy to support adults in our community so they can achieve their goals as parents, workers, and community members.


Basic Requirements for Literacy Volunteers:

– At least 18 years of age

– Able to read/speak English fluently

– Be dependable and optimistic

– Commit to two hours per week for six months

– Complete required training

– Pass CORI background check

Contact Info:

For more information, contact Raeshaun Holmes, Coordinator at Read/Write/Now at 413-263-6839 or by using this form:


220 State Street, Springfield, MA 01103




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