Become a volunteer
Beaverton Literacy Council is an all-volunteer organization helping over 300 adult learners improve their English skills. We hope you will join this meaningful work!
Volunteer registration is now open for fall 2021 classes! Please click here to tell us about yourself and about how you would like to volunteer. A volunteer coordinator will reach out to you over the coming weeks as we work on fall class assignments. Thank you!
2021-2022 BLC Online and In-person
For 2021-2022, we will offer online classes through Zoom. Over the summer, we evaluate conditions for restarting in-person classes at sites in Beaverton.
What's required for volunteers?
Volunteers work as class lead teachers or assistant teachers, and there are projects now and then for volunteers to help in non-teaching roles.
To volunteer in a class, we ask that you are a fluent, open-minded English speaker and that you want to teach students from many cultures and countries. You don't have to be a grammar expert or have extensive teaching experience, but you do have to love learning and helping others learn!
For teaching online, you will need a laptop or desktop computer with a stable wifi connection. (Sorry, tablets and phones are not optimal for teaching with Zoom.)
There's training too! We will hold live/Zoom-based training in the summer and fall. We also encourage volunteers to observe other BLC teachers, attend our volunteer Roundtable discussions, attend the Portland Literacy Council spring conference, and more.
A few more details
BLC Online classes meet twice per week. Each class session is either 75 minutes online, 90 minutes in-person evenings, or 2 hours in-person mornings. BLC students are also invited to attend online conversation or grammar enrichment classes that meet weekly.
You may choose to volunteer just once per week, working with a partner who will teach/assist the other day.
Classes run from mid-September through early June.
If you are unable to commit to the full year, we ask for a commitment of at least September through December.
Classes take the usual school holidays according to the Beaverton Public School calendar. If you need to miss class periodically, you can use our sub list to get coverage for your class.
All Beaverton Literacy Council students and instructors must be at least 18 years of age. With that exception, the BLC does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.