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Empowering People Through Literacy

As a ULA volunteer I have been working with two people who wanted to learn to read and write English.  Although they have been in the United States almost 20 years, they predominantly speak Spanish.  They also wanted to speak English more fluently.  It has been a pleasure to see their confidence increase as an English-speaking person.  One of them has now been asked to be the translator between an English-speaking boss and Spanish-speaking employees.  Because they are highly-motivated to learn, they have been able to learn new vocabulary, grammar, and verb tenses quickly.  They are beginning to read more fluently, and comprehend the material.  The ULA tutoring program is a wonderful asset to non-English speakers and I have enjoyed being a part of this vital program.

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Volunteer

Volunteers are an essential part of the Ulster Literacy Association story.  Our mission is supported by a dedicated network of individuals donating their time as tutors, intake and assessment coordinators, and office administrators. 

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A number of volunteers offer their professional skills to ULA, as well.

Our volunteer tutors, like our learners, come from a variety of backgrounds.  No teaching experience is necessary.  Our tutors come from all corners of Ulster County.  They are men and women, retired and employed.  If you are interested in sharing your love of reading and writing with an eager and motivated learner, then we need your help.  Many of our tutors find the role as tutor to be rewarding, interesting and satisfying.

Find out about becoming a tutor

Give us a call at 331-6837 and we will happily tell you when the next upcoming tutor training is scheduled, explain more about our programs and services, or answer any other questions you may have about our organization.

To become a tutor, one needs to be a high school graduate or hold a High School Equivalency Diploma and be 18 years of age.  New tutors complete a certification course before being paired with a learner.  Ulster Literacy Association's certification of new tutors carries with it certification by ProLiteracy Worldwide (a merger of the former organizations Laubach Literacy Action and Literacy Volunteers of America).

To get started, please call our office at 331-6837 to register for an upcoming Orientation.