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Volunteers Needed

Hosted by: East Central Area Literacy Council


Ongoing Opportunity


Contact coordinator for times


Virtual Opportunity


Alice Whalen

About Volunteers Needed


The East Central Area Literacy Council in partnership with East Central College is seeking individuals interested in serving as tutors for adult education and English language acquisition classes offered in Rolla, St. James, Cuba and Sullivan.

No special academic degrees are required to be a tutor. People who can read and write, are willing to be trained, have patience, and are interested in helping others qualify to tutor.

Tutor training sessions will be held on Thursday July 28, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at East Central College at 2303 North Bishop, Rolla, MO, or Wednesday, August 3, 9 a.m. until noon at the First Baptist Church located at 801 Cedar Street, also in Rolla.

“For the English Language Acquisition program we need to prepare tutors to work with adults who are learning and developing the language skills necessary for living and working in the community, stated Diane Crowder, literacy council board member. “Tutors will work one-on-one with individuals who either desire to acquire English language skills or prepare to take the test to earn citizenship. ELA tutors need to be fluent in English and sensitive to cultural differences.”

“At this time we have 22 people enrolled in the English Language Acquisition classes we are offering three mornings a week in Rolla,” noted Alice Whalen, director of adult education and literacy at ECC. “In order to accommodate more students we desperately need additional tutors.”

She stated that tutors are also needed for AEL classes held Monday and Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Cuba and AEL classes held Tuesday and Thursday evenings at ECC’s facility at 2303 North Bishop.

“Our volunteer tutors have the opportunity to work with adults on reading, math, writing or high school equivalency test preparation,” Whalen said. “Following their three hours of training and orientation, the volunteers are making a commitment of just a few hours a week to tutor someone.”

To reserve a seat at either tutor training session or to learn more about the free AEL and language acquisition classes offered throughout the region, call 573-719-1323 or email

Application Process

Call 573-719-1323 or email and let us know which month you would like to attend and whether a day or evening schedule works best for you.

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