Wisconsin Literacy supports the recruitment, training and on-going work of volunteer literacy tutors in our state.
Wisconsin Literacy has 67 member agencies where you can be a literacy tutor for adult learners. To volunteer, contact a program near you.
Each fall, Wisconsin Literacy and its member agencies have a special 1200 Tutors in 12 Weeks campaign to recruit and train tutors at Wisconsin Literacy’s member agencies. Click here to find the contact information of a literacy agency in your area.
The 1200 Tutors in 12 Weeks campaign begins on International Literacy Day, which is September 8, and ends on December 1. This special campaign draws attention to the need for volunteer tutors and donations, but new volunteers and donations are needed year round and we encourage you to contact your nearest literacy agency, or make a contribution today.
The 2012 campaign brought new opportunities for 817 newly trained volunteer tutors to help adult learners meet their goals of increasing their literacy skills. The annual 12-week campaign, sponsored by Alliant Energy Foundation, American Family Insurance, Dollar General Foundation, Verizon, and We Energies, provides a venue for Wisconsin citizens to give the gift of literacy to their communities.
“We applaud these individuals for answering the call to help individuals improve their reading, writing, computer, math or language skills,” said Michele Erikson, executive director, Wisconsin Literacy. “Their efforts will help adult students succeed and, in turn, strengthen their communities.”
A growing number of professionally trained volunteer tutors play an important part in helping dislocated workers re-enter the workforce. In smaller, more individualized settings, Wisconsin Literacy’s member agencies offer basic skills to help adults get back to work with improved computer and math skills and basic literacy services. With adequate preparation, adult students are encouraged to enter the Wisconsin Technical College System and/or to explore career pathways.
Wisconsin Literacy provides support to 67 adult and family literacy agencies comprised of more than 3,000 volunteer tutors. The statewide coalition encourages the public to consider the gift of literacy to more than 1.5 million Wisconsin residents in need of literacy services. Most tutors volunteer one-to-three hours per week, often providing life-changing results for adult learners.
“At a time when our state is looking more closely at ways to improve reading for K-3rd graders, as well as transition adults to college and career opportunities, our 67 member literacy agencies located throughout Wisconsin offer a way to be part of the solution to building stronger communities through literacy,” Erikson said.
For more information about how to get involved, as well as a list of member agencies, visit our Find a Program page or call 608.257.1655.