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Washington Literacy Center has a team of professionally-trained adult learning specialists. However, we still rely on our resourceful and dedicated volunteers to support our students. Whether through administrative tasks, one-on-one tutoring, or supplemental teaching, our volunteers are the backbone of our instruction. 


Individual volunteers, community groups, and corporate teams are essential to Washington Literacy Center's daily operations and strengthen our community impact. No matter how much time you have to give, you can do something to help WLC fulfill our mission to the community. 


To help change lives, please email Ben Gerrard, Volunteer Coordinator, at, or complete this form, and we will be happy to work with you to find the right volunteer opportunity that matches your skills and interests. 


We appreciate your interest in volunteering with WLC! 

Digital Literacy Tutor

(posted November 17, 2021)


The WLC is currently seeking volunteers to tutor our computer literacy classes at the Architect of the Capitol in the Senate Durbin Building on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 9 pm to 10 pm. We are seeking volunteers to help out either one or two days per week, as schedules allow.

Virtual Tutor

(posted November 17, 2021)


We also have virtual opportunities to tutor low-literacy learners assisting with their homework assignments in the afternoons or evenings.

If you are able to assist, please reach out to Ben Gerrard at as soon as possible as the need is current.


Volunteer Spotlight
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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

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