Who can volunteer with ESLC?

We strive for inclusivity and diversity in our volunteer pool.  Anyone who is proficient in English, reliable and punctual, and able to share one hour a week is eligible to tutor with ESLC. No experience with childhood education necessary! Minimum age requirement is 16 years old. All potential volunteers must pass a criminal background check before beginning. Volunteers interested in ESLC, but unable to commit to a weekly schedule can volunteer as substitute tutors, on the Board of Directors, or with a special project.

What does a tutor for ESLC do?

As a volunteer tutor with ESLC, you won’t simply be reading books to children or helping them with their homework. We provide essential supplementary instruction to struggling students, which means that, during each tutoring session, you will be following a detailed lesson plan which is focused on the specific problem areas for that child. Additionally, you will provide support and encouragement to your students. You will also be expected to communicate any problems, difficulties, or successes with ESLC staff.

My job keeps me very busy during the week, but I’m still interested in volunteering. Are there any opportunities for me?

Although tutoring only takes place during the week, ESLC is happy to accommodate the schedules of busy professionals. Forming a tutoring team with your coworkers is a great way to volunteer without making a large time commitment. A team of two or more members can share the time commitment by alternating weeks of tutoring. Tutoring teams make it possible for us to have a tutor at the same time every week, and for you to share the responsibility with others, so you’re not taking time out of your busy schedule every week. Contact us to learn more about corporate partnerships. Alternatively, you might consider being on our Board of Directors or participaticing in a special volunteer project.

Why do I need to be trained and how involved is it?

The term “tutoring” encompasses many techniques and strategies. ESLC uses specific methods and activities to teach children key literacy skills, and we need to make sure that all of our tutors are providing the same level of attention and instruction to all of the students we serve. The training covers the most common activities and materials that a tutor will encounter in a tutoring session, with special attention paid to how to follow the lesson plan. Training typically takes about two hours. There is an annual training in the fall and summer or one-on-one trainings can be scheduled as needed. We also provide optional topic-based trainings throughout the year.

What is the volunteer application process?

Fill out the online application. Once your application has been reviewed, you’ll be contacted for a quick screening, and if it seems like you’re a good fit, we’ll schedule training. After training, we’ll run a criminal background check and a site coordinator will contact you to confirm a start date.


I’m a student looking to get hours for service-learning. Can I do that with ESLC?

YES! In fact, about a third of our 250 tutuors annually are college and high school students who need to complete service learning hours. Tutors are expected to volunteer at the same time every week for at least one semester to complete their service learning requirements. We request that you committ to tutoring the whole semester even if you reach your allotted hour requirement mid-semester. You are only expected to stay through the last day of classes at your institution, but we always appreciate when tutors stay on until our semester is done. ESLC will work with you and your instructor to complete any necessary paperwork or course requirements. Special projects are offered upon request.

When and where do you tutor?

Generally, tutoring occurs in 30-45 minute sessions, Mondays-Thursdays, 8 am - 5 pm. See Our Locations for site information and Our Resources for site calendars. 

What makes ESLC different from other tutoring programs?

ESLC combines professional, licensed educators who write customized lesson plans with trained volunteer tutors. Lesson planners and volunteer tutors collaborate through detailed notes (and conversations) to provide the best services possible to each student. In fact, lesson planners depend on regular volunteer feedback in order to tailor lessons to a child’s interests and needs. For more information, view our informational video.