Volunteer

Become a Volunteer

Beaverton Literacy Council is an all-volunteer organization helping over 400 adult learners improve their English skills. We hope you will join this meaningful work!

Volunteer registration is always open. Although opportunities for new volunteers are limited until fall, filling in the form will get you on our mailing list. Then, we will let you know in July when volunteer registration opens for fall classes. Please click here to tell us about yourself and about how you would like to volunteer. Thank you!

On-line / In-person

For 2022-2023, we will offer online classes and, covid-permitting, will also offer in-person classes in Beaverton. Please register as a volunteer with us (above) to make sure you hear about BLC fall plans as they are finalized.

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 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 for 75 minutes twice per week. 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 or January through June.

  • 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.