Early Childhod

Family Book Club
Staying Closer In Touch: Volunteers work with incarcerated parents at 
Milan Correctional Facility.  Volunteers record parents reading a book aloud for their children.  The recording is burned to CD and mailed to the family's home. Time commitment: Once a week, every other week or once a month for one year. 

Story Time On the Farm: Volunteers read to children living on a migrant farm and help children select a book to keep.  Time commitment: One hour, 2-8 times during the month of August. 

Book Delivery Coordinator: Volunteers select, count, box, and deliver books to program partners in Washtenaw County.  Time commitment: Once or twice a month for at least 6 months.

Washtenaw Head Start
Story Time Volunteer:
  Volunteers read to preschool children.  Time commitment: drop in basis.

Success By 6

Parent Network Support: Volunteers help create packets of developmental information to be mailed to children’s homes or given at birth.  Time commitment: 1-2 volunteers to work about 5 hours a month.


Tutor: Volunteers assist students, ages 8-18, with various homework assignments in math, science, reading and math.  Time commitment: Unlimited volunteers for a drop in basis.

Family Learning Institute
Reading Tutor:
 Volunteers tutor a 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade student in reading. FLI provides materials and an individual instruction plan for your student. Time commitment: Once a week for one hour.


Jewish Family Services

Transportation Driver: Volunteers drive the JFS caravan taking elderly  and disabled clients to appointments, meetings etc.  Time commitment: One day a week, 6-8 hour shift.

Friendly Visitor:  Volunteers meet with an older adult to reduce isolation and loneliness.  Visit may include playing games, chatting, or taking short walks.  Time commitment: Once a week for 1-2 hours. 

Conversation Partner:  Volunteers assist in ESL classroom by leading small group discussions in English to help students practice vocabulary.  Volunteers may also tutor ESL students one-on-one. Time commitment: 2-3 hours per week.

Washtenaw Literacy
One on One tutoring: Volunteers h
elp adults who need to improve basic literacy or English as a second language skills. Must complete tutor training.  New tutors are supported by an individually assigned Mentor and are offered on-going optional workshops.  Time commitment: A year long commitment best supports the learners' progress.  

Group tutoring: Volunteers help adults learn English by participating or leading 90-minute ESL conversation groups held throughout the year. Training to facilitate groups is optional. Time commitment: 90 minutes weekly.

Leadership and Support Opportunities

Webmaster at Family Learning Institute:  Volunteer will research and identify software requirements and create, edit, and publish the Family Learning Institute website in a way that is compatible with our ISP (FutureQuest) servers. Low cost, ease of use (not having to know html), and PC-compatibility (vs. Mac) are priorities. The candidate may either stay on as webmaster or, if they desire a shorter time commitment, train staff how to edit, upload, and publish the site to the world-wide-web. Our current website, editing of which requires extensive html knowledge, is www.familylearninginstitute.org.  Time commitment: project based, with option to provide ongoing support.

Steering Committee Member at Literacy Coalition of Washtenaw County: Steering Committee members provide guidance and oversight for Blueprint to End Illiteracy implementation and draw in community connections and resources to carry out the Literacy Coalition's mission. They participate in monthly Steering Committee meetings, complete individual assignments between meetings, and attend or send representation to bi-monthly Literacy Coalition general membership meetings. Steering Committee members are elected to two-year terms by the coalition membership. To establish staggered terms, members elected any time in 2011 will serve through September 2013.  Time commitment: two years, with option for reelection.

Blueprint Committee Member at Literacy Coalition of Washtenaw County: Serve on one of four committees (Expand Services, Public Awareness, Resource Development, Data/Measurements) to accomplish identified tasks.  Time commitment: six months, with option to renew.

Want to volunteer in another capacity?  Email info@lcwconline to discuss possibilities.

Rotary Lifelong Literacy is a collaboration between Literacy Coalition of Washtenaw County and Rotary Clubs in Washtenaw County. Rotarians and other community members gain hands-on knowledge of literacy issues while volunteering with young children, school-age youth, or adults.