Volunteer Voice

As a literacy volunteer, you are part of a dedicated, compassionate and creative community that is 3,655 strong. These are your stories.

Have a story of your own you’d like to share? We’d love to hear it! Simply fill out this form to share your voice, and we’ll highlight your experience in our monthly e-newsletter for adult literacy volunteers and here in the Volunteer Voice blog.

What is your name? Ree Ford

Where do you volunteer? I volunteer both with the Minnesota Literacy Council as well as with Hmong American Partnership.

What is your volunteer role? Community Outreach Intern (at the literacy council) and Study Lab Tutor (at HAP)

What is your name? Audrey Dombro

Where do you volunteer? I work as a community outreach intern [at the Minnesota Literacy Council] and I volunteer at Cedar Riverside Adult Education Collaborative.

What is your volunteer role? Classroom assistant in a low-level literacy class.

What is your name? Annie Schoonover

Where do you volunteer? The Minnesota Literacy Council main office and the Beginning ESL class at the Harmony Learning Center in Maplewood.

What is your volunteer role? I am a Community Outreach Intern for the Minnesota Literacy Council, as well as a one-on-one classroom tutor at Harmony.

What is your name? Evan Brewer

Where do you volunteer? Cedar Valley Learning Center in Apple Valley

What is your volunteer role? Teacher Assistant

What is your favorite thing about volunteering? Providing educational and emotional support to people who are living through these turbulent times is very important.

What is your name? Chueka Yang

Where do you volunteer? Minnesota Literacy Council

What is your volunteer role? Community Outreach Intern

What is your name? Sophie Liautaud

Where do you volunteer? Open Door Learning Center - Northeast

What is your volunteer role? One-on-one tutor

What is your favorite thing about volunteering? I love seeing students "get" the material. When concepts or vocabulary click with a student, they become thrilled! Being able to be a part of that learning process makes everything worthwhile.

New year, new blog features! After many successful years of our Literacy Leader feature, we've decided to introduce a new feature for 2018 called Share Your Voice so we can hear directly from you – our incredible volunteers. We know your time as a volunteer has an incredible impact on students and communities across the state. But how has being a volunteer had an impact on you? We’d love to know! This is your chance to share the joys, challenges and everything in between from your life as a volunteer.

What is your name? Christian McCleary

Where do you volunteer? YouthBuild

What is your volunteer role? Digital literacy volunteer

What is your favorite thing about volunteering? As a black male, my favorite thing about volunteering is being able to give back and provide resources to students of color who are unware of the resources that are out there, like résumé building, job training, college readiness, GED classes, and mentor programs – a lot students are unaware that these services are available.

What is your name? Kelly Rynda

Where do you volunteer? Hmong American Partnership

What is your volunteer role? Volunteer teacher

What is your favorite thing about volunteering? I love getting to know people I wouldn’t have met otherwise. The world is a big place and there’s so much to see and learn – volunteering is a way for me to meet a few more people and learn about their experiences.

Lincoln ABE – Mankato volunteer Jo Johnson has been volunteering in English language classes (ESL) for 17 years. She knew there was a need for adult literacy volunteers, and she was finally able to start volunteering after her retirement. Jo always suspected it would be a good volunteer opportunity for her, but she’s been pleasantly surprised by just how wonderful adult ESL has been.

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