The Washington Literacy Center is conducting classes virtually due to the
Coronavirus(COVID-19). Click here for more updates, information, and assistance.

Washington Literacy Center is the only professionally trained literacy program in the District of Columbia, but we still rely on our resourceful and dedicated volunteers to support our students through administrative tasks, one-on-one tutoring, and teaching supplemental classes such as Math, Driver’s Knowledge Classes, and Digital Literacy Classes.


Individuals, community groups, and corporate teams volunteering are essential to Washington Literacy Center's daily operations and amplify our community impact.


We are looking for volunteers interested in adult education to fill roles at WLC. All volunteers are required to attend a volunteer training, which takes between 2-4 hours. Some positions require a larger time dedication and others are less than a few hours per week. No matter how much time you have to give, there is something you can do to help Washington Literacy Center and our students.

To learn more about the opportunities that will help change lives, please email Ben Gerrard, Volunteer Coordinator, at ben.gerrard@washlit.org

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with WLC! Please complete this form, and we will be happy to work with you to find the right volunteer opportunity that matches your skills and interests.

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“If you want to touch the past, touch a rock.  If you want to touch the present, touch a flower.  If you want to touch the future, touch a life.” – Author Unknown

Susan came to the Washington Literacy Center in June 2018 seeking an opportunity to touch lives by volunteering to teach reading to our students. There were several students who expressed an interest in continuing their studies through the summer, so Susan was able to begin teaching right away.


Susan comes to the Washington Literacy Center as an attorney with experience as a law professor and Dean of Student Affairs for several law schools. Susan has a wealth of volunteer experience for various community-level organizations, including a “Read to Succeed” program for elementary school students in Orlando, FL. Susan was able to transfer her years of involvement in legal education coupled with her various volunteer experiences, to be a perfect fit for volunteering at Washington Literacy Center.


Susan is always enthusiastic and prepared when she comes to volunteer 2 days a week for 3 hours. She has effortlessly been able to utilize her previous employment and volunteer experience to working with our adult literacy students.


“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time volunteering at the Washington Literacy Center. Working with the students has been rewarding as I’m able to see their enthusiasm for learning. These are students who want to be here. It’s exciting to see my students succeed as they improve their skills. The success of my students inspires me, too.

The Washington Literacy Center relies on the support of our community. Make a donation today to help make reading a reality.


To read is to empower. To empower is to write. To write is to influence. To influence is to change. To change is to live.

- Jane Evershed