Educating Adults in Western Massachusetts since 1984


Join Our Volunteer Team!

The Literacy Project relies on over 80 community volunteers each year to take part in all aspects of our program, from tutoring students to maintaining our computers and fundraising. We are grateful for the thousands of hours and the rich variety of skills and talents our volunteers contribute every year. We invite you to join this dynamic and exiting team!

Ready to join us?  Here is more information for Prospective Volunteers:

If you already work with us, here are some Resources for Current Volunteers:

What Our Volunteers Say
Volunteering with The Literacy Project doesn’t just help the community – it’s a great way to build skills, meet new people, and try out teaching as a career.  Here’s what a few of our volunteers have said about their service:

"Tutoring was by far the most rewarding thing I have done in a while, and it was wonderful both to be able to help students and to find out more about members of the community.”  - a college intern in Amherst 

“It's an amazing program that treats the students like adults without belittling them.” – a volunteer in Ware

“I found this to be a lifechanging experience and have now embarked on a new career in teaching English as a Second Langauge as a result!” – a volunteer in Amherst

“Volunteering for The Literacy Project was one of the most worthwhile things I have done in my life.” – a volunteer in Amherst

 “Volunteering gave me a lot of insight into the Greenfield community and into the emerging issues in literacy/GED education.” – a volunteer in Greenfield

“I can’t thank you enough for giving me this opportunity.  I am a better person because of it and I have found new faith in life.” – a college intern in Ware

“The experience was extremely valuable.  Each individual came to The Literacy Project with an amazing life story, and they were an inspiration to me.” – a volunteer in Amherst

“It was very fulfilling.  I found myself relearning things I had forgotten and it was gratifying when a student would suddenly get it!”  - a volunteer in Orange 

“Literacy is such a gift – and the students are so motivated.  You can make such a difference by showing up and caring.”  - a volunteer in Amherst

“Here’s my advice for new volunteers:  be prepared to learn as much as you teach.”  - a volunteer in Northampton 

“I loved volunteering at The Literacy Project because of the first rate teachers and students.  It was great to see students and teachers inspire each other.  Under the direction of the teachers, a magical experience happened each week.” – a volunteer in Amherst   

For more information, contact Margaret Anderson, Volunteer Coordinator, 413-774-3934, ext. 15,




“Here’s my advice for new volunteers:  be prepared to learn as much as you teach.”  - a volunteer in Northampton