Literacy Outreach’s goal is to involve as many volunteers as humanly possible in support of literacy education in Garfield County. Our volunteers come from throughout the county and include male and female, young and old, employed, unemployed and retired, native English speakers and non-native speakers. Volunteers help with every aspect of running the program. Volunteers who do not have the time to tutor are given many opportunities to help in significant ways.

Volunteering is a great way to make friends, develop useful new skills, impact others well being, and gain experience that helps develop your career. It is also extremely satisfying. Please help us, help them.

Thinking of Tutoring?

Literacy Outreach tutors adults in basic literacy skills. Basic literacy skills might include reading, writing, math, or English as a foreign language. Tutoring is provided through a one-on-one or small group interaction. Volunteers also help the student with skills related to personal literacy needs and goals such as letter writing or job applications. The minimum commitment for tutoring is to meet once a week for six months. Tutoring sessions generally last an hour and a half. Most tutors spend about three hours per week volunteering. Training is provided for all volunteers.

Literacy Outreach learners want to improve their lives by increasing their literacy skills. Energized and invigorated with a sense of hope, they register to learn to read, write, compute basic math or speak English. Then they wait. Determined to improve their lives, sometimes learners wait as long as one year for the opportunity to work with a volunteer tutor. Waiting too long can make all good intentions go away. We currently have a waiting list of over 100 learners countywide. Please help us, help them.

Learn More About Becoming a Volunteer!
Upcoming Volunteer Tutor Information Sessions

2018 Information Sessions

Glenwood Springs
Glenwood Springs Branch Library, 815 Cooper Avenue
September 11, 2018            6:00-7:00 p.m.

Carbondale Branch Library, 320 Sopris Avenue, Carbondale
August 21, 2018      6:00-7:00 p.m.

Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Avenue, Rifle
August 28, 2018       6:00-7:00 p.m.

Parachute Branch Library, 244 Grand Valley Way
September 13, 2018     6:00-7:00 p.m.

Silt Branch Library, 680 Home Avenue
August 14, 2018           6:00-7:00 p.m.

New Castle
New Castle Branch Library, 402 West Main St.
August 7, 2018              6:00-7:00 p.m.


Other Volunteer Opportunities

If you don’t have time to volunteer weekly, we are always looking for motivated people to help us in other areas. Do you like to organize? We need your help! Do you like to proofread? We need your help! Do you like to bake cookies? We need your help! Help for one day or lead the team.
Please call the office to learn more or attend any of our information sessions.
(970) 945-5282


Upcoming Training and Information Sessions

Training sessions are held periodically throughout the year. We host a training every time we have four new volunteers. Days and times vary. Join us for an information session. Can’t make one of the dates listed above? Call to schedule an appointment.