Last week, I saw a notice in the paper that the local Community College was holding an informational tea for potential volunteer literacy tutors. I decided to volunteer (hoping that it would be an advantage if the CC ever had a paid position open). The other volunteer was a retiree with back problems, so robust health is not a requirement. I encourage anyone with sufficient time and energy to check if your community needs literacy tutors. Your local community college, library, Secretary of State’s office or high school would be likely places to know. My community’s literacy program is affiliated with ProLiteracy Worldwide. I assume any affiliated program would be similar. The requirements are: have a high-school diploma or GED complete the training program volunteer at least one hour per week report your hours monthly You get to specify: what hours you are available what subject(s) you are willing to tutor whether you will be a classroom assistant, small group (book club) leader and/or one-on-one tutor what gender(s) you will tutor whether you will tutor smokers and/or non-smokers All training and materials are provided free of charge. There are people available to provide additional advice & support, as needed. The only thing it will cost you is transportation expense. (I live within walking distance).