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 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 Training

2023 Information Sessions

Literacy Outreach needs your help! Volunteer to tutor essential literacy or English language skills to an adult learner. All you need is a desire to help, the ability to read and speak English, and three hours per week. Please join us at an upcoming information session to learn more. Information sessions are being offered in-person and via Zoom.

Please join us at any of the following information sessions.


Please join us at any of the following information sessions.


January 10, 2023 
5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Glenwood Springs Library
815 Cooper Avenue

January 11, 2023
5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
Rifle Library
207 East Avenue

January 12, 2023
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Carbondale Library
320 Sopris Avenue

January 19, 2023 
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Parachute Library
244 Grand Avenue Way

For more information contact programs@literacyoutreach.org or call 970-945-5282 or 970-309-3983.

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

Training sessions are held periodically throughout the year. We host 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.