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Volunteer Opportunities-York County Literacy Council (YCLC) credits its success to our volunteers.  Without their dedication and assistance, YCLC would not be able to help York County residents improve their literacy skills.  In 2012/2013, 311 volunteers provided 14,700+ hours of service to YCLC programs.

 Hear what a volunteer tutor has to say on this video:

Volunteer tutors spend about 1.5 hours per week working with their student.  They always meet in a public location; usually a church or library.  Tutors can select if they want to work with a native born, English speaking student or an English as a Second Language Student.  Tutors also have input on what level student they want to work with.  Many of our students have goals such as: obtaining a driver's license, improving employment opportunities or reading to their children.  YCLC is an affiliate of York County Library Systems and we have a small resource library on site. Tutors receive guidance and support from our program coordinators throughout the time they are tutoring.  We ask tutors to commit to one year of volunteering to provide some consistency for our students.




 (15 hour trainings are free- 2015 dates may be changed as necessary)


Tutor Training Dates 2015

March: 9 AM to 5 PM- York Office – 800 E. King St. YORK

Saturday, March 7 & Saturday, March 14


April: 6 PM to 9 PM- York Office – 800 E. King St.  YORK

Wednesday April 1

Monday, April 6

Tuesday, April 7

Monday, April 13

Wednesday, April 15

May: 10 AM to 5 PM- – Hanover Office – Guthrie Memorial Library Hanover

Saturday, May 2 & Saturday May 9



August: 1 PM to 4 PM- York Office – 800 E. King St. YORK

Monday, August 3

Wednesday, August 5

Monday, August 10

Wednesday, August 12

Monday, August 17


October: 6 PM to 9 PM- York Office – 800 E. King St.  YORK

Tuesday, October 6

Wednesday, October 7

Tuesday, October 13

Tuesday, October 20

Wednesday, October 21


November: 10 AM to 5 PM – Hanover Office – Guthrie Memorial Library Hanover

Saturday, November 7

Saturday, November 14



A Note from a YCLC Tutor.....


                             Rosemary Sieffert and Hortensia Pol

If you can spare two to three hours a week and want the satisfaction of helping someone achieve a better life, then becoming a tutor for the York County Literacy Council might be for you.  You don’t need any prior experience because training and teaching materials are provided for you, and there is always someone available to answer questions you may have. Meeting with your student once a week is a good experience because typically students are motivated to learn, and it is extremely rewarding seeing your student learn how to read better as time goes by. It is exciting seeing someone understand something for the first time because he/she can read better, and you begin to see hope in their eyes for a better job and future one day. You also get to meet some really great people and learn about other cultures because your student might originally be from another country or have a different heritage than your own.  Some students who are trying to prepare for GED testing may need not only tutoring in reading and writing, but also tutoring in math, social studies, and science which can make the tutoring sessions varied and interesting should you desire to branch out in this way. I highly recommend becoming a tutor for the York County Literacy Council because you will receive far more than you give out, and you will make a difference in your community one person at a time.     Rosemary



 Volunteers may tutor, serve on committees and help with events.....




 "Volunteers are not paid, not because they are worthless.....



But because they are Priceless."




Many volunteer opportunities are available:
Weekly                              Monthly                       Occasionally



Weekly Commitments:


Literacy Tutor -     After completing an 15-hour certification course, tutors are matched with a student to meet weekly for 60-90 minute a public location.  Tutors assist Adult Reading and English as a Second Language students to improve their basic literacy skills by preparing lessons, giving homework, and encouraging their student through the learning process.  Tutor Requirements are:  High school diploma or equivalent; sensitivity, patience, and reliability; and completion of a preliminary interview and certification course.  Tutors select Adult Reading Student or English as a Second Language Student.  They also select their tutoring times, location and reading level of their student.   Next Trainings: Please call for trainings-  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED



Front Desk/Receptionist - Primary duties including answering  incoming phone calls and greeting visitors.  May also assist office staff with various clerical duties including copying, faxing, and typing.  Could be a commitment of one morning a week.




Monthly Commitments:


Committee Members - YCLC is always looking for your expertise and experience to enrich our programs and functions.  The Administrative, Governance, Fund Development, Personnel and Marketing Committees, meet on a monthly basis.   Gala & Silent Auction and Book Sale committees meet on an as-needed basis. 

Computer Lab Assistant - Volunteers help students use various educational software and guide through trouble spots.  Volunteers can help in the lab the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Tuesday of the month from 4-7pm.  Call to find out which Tuesday is available!



Occasional Commitments:


Annual Meeting - Help to set-up, greet attendants, and serve food.  Our Annual Meeting is held in November.

Book Sale - assist with set-up, sale and clean-up.

Buck A Book® - Volunteers are needed to stuff envelopes, deliver and pick up envelopes at county schools, process information, and help with data entry.

Bulk Mailings - Assist with collating, stuffing, labeling and sorting various bulk mailings.

Partners in Conversation - Meet with an ESL student to help them practice and improve their conversational skills and learn about each other's cultures.

Recognition Picnic - Help to set-up tables, greet students and volunteers, and serve food.  The picnic is held in June.


If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, please call Rita Hewitt at 717-845-8719, or email




Please click here to download volunteer interest form

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