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Volunteer | Tutor

Join Our Team as a Tutor!

Do you have a passion for reading and helping others?

  • Tutors work one-on-one with adult learners ages 18 and above

  • Sessions are 1 – 2 hours weekly

  • Tutor training and ongoing support is provided

  • Learning materials for adult learners and tutors are supplied

Learn more about tutoring an adult learner and transforming an adult’s life through literary skills. READ Ottawa uses the ProLiteracy curriculum. Attending a one time 5-hour training session is required. READ Ottawa holds at least four training sessions each year to give multiple opportunities for volunteers to receive training.


Want to register for an upcoming training session or talk to someone to learn more? Contact our Training Coordinator, Lynn Groothuis at!

Become a volunteer TODAY!

Call (616) 414-0295 for more information!

READ Ottawa Tutor Informational Meeting/Training

Our next training session will be under our EVENTS!


What does tutoring entail?

  • Attend literacy tutoring sessions for 1 – 2 hours per week with paired adult learner

  • Prepare lesson plans based on adult learner’s literacy goals and assist them achieve those goals

  • Meet in designated public places (i.e., library)

  • Attend a five-hour tutoring training session before tutoring

  • Attend at least two Tutor Learning Circle forums annually to receive additional tutoring support

  • Communicate with READ Ottawa staff as needed or when requested

  • Provide quarterly learner updates, paperwork, and other adult learner information upon request

  • Submit to a background check

  • Agree to and sign a letter of commitment

  • Complete and agree to a confidentiality agreement


*The ability to travel to tutor sessions in one or more of the following locations within Ottawa County, Michigan: Holland, Zeeland, Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, West Olive, Coopersville, Allendale, Hudsonville, Jenison

NO experience required to be a tutor! Just the willingness and passion to help someone with their adult literacy education needs. READ Ottawa provides all training and materials needed!


More Ways to Volunteer!


Projects & Collaborations

READ Ottawa partners with local organizations, agencies, nonprofits, and churches in order to serve our adult learners who struggle with illiteracy. We sometimes seek volunteers to help us with these collaborative projects. Please contact us if you are interested in learning about any upcoming projects we need volunteers for. You can also check out our Facebook page!


READ Ottawa is always seeking members from the community to join our three committees. Committees tend to meet bi-monthly for up to two hours in the evening or on an as needed basis. All committee members are expected to attend every committee meeting. Our committees are:
Outreach & Marketing
Fundraising & Events
Program & Operations

Board of Directors

​READ Ottawa has nine volunteer Board Members that steer the organization to ensure optimal operations and quality programming. All Board Members are required to serve on at least one of our committees, participate in tutoring or tutor training sessions, participate in community events, make contributions, and attend monthly board meetings in the evening.

Volunteer Support Staff

READ Ottawa has a group of talented Volunteer Support Staff that assist with crucial operations, programming, and other consulting services sporadically throughout the year. Our Volunteer Support Staff have been lending their time and experience to READ Ottawa for several years for free. If you are experienced with a skill set and think you would like to volunteer with us long-term in a non-tutor capacity, please reach out to us.

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