Your time and skills make a huge difference. 

CLA member organizations work to push the envelope on literacy in Chicago with groundbreaking work every day – and you can help. Below, find out more about ways to volunteer with the organizations of the CLA.

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English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutors and Citizenship Preparation Tutors

The Chinese Mutual Aid Association is seeking volunteer English as a Second Language (ESL) and Citizenship tutors to work one-on-one or in small groups with adult English language learners during the mornings, afternoons, evenings or on Saturdays. Tutoring sessions are 2-3 hours long, once or twice a week, depending on the tutor/client schedule.

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Small Grant Volunteer Visits Program

The Chicago Foundation for Education recently awarded more than $117,000 through our Small Grants program to 246 CPS educators – and now we are recruiting volunteers to visit the classrooms of these award-winning teachers!

As a Small Grant visitor, volunteers arrange classroom visits directly with the teachers they will be observing. Our team will conduct an orientation for new volunteers where we will review responsibilities and expectations. We ask for a commitment of at least two classroom visits, and these must be completed between March and June.

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Study Group Coach Grant Reviews

The Chicago Foundation for Education’s Study Group Coaches lead small peer groups that focus on specific teaching methodologies, instructional strategies, and/or student projects.

Dozens of educators apply for CFE Study Group Coach Grants, and we need volunteers to help review their proposals and select our 2020-2021 Study Group Coaches.

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Volunteer Tutors

Literacy Chicago seeks volunteer tutors to work with English as a Second Language students or native speaking adults with reading and comprehension skills. Tutors meet with their students once or twice a week for at least an hour, and commit to a minimum of 6 to 9 months to work with a student.

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