GREENSBORO, N.C. -- If you can read, you can volunteer! Just a few hours of your time can make a huge difference in some else's life.

Reading Connections, the largest community-based adult literacy agency in NC, provides free literacy services to adults in Guilford County who wish to improve their basic reading, writing, math, and English language skills through trained volunteers working as one-to-one tutors and small group instructors.

A free three-part training will be offered in October for those who wish to become volunteer tutors in High Point or Greensboro.

Orientation –– Thursday, October 13 from 5:00-7:00pm
Session I –– Monday, October 17 from 5:00-8:00pm
Session II –– Wednesday, October 19 from 5:00-8:00pm

All sessions will be held at the High Point Public Library located at 901 N. Main Street.

The training will include an introduction to the agency, requirements for becoming a tutor or instructor, the four components of reading, working with different learning styles, lesson planning, and much more.

Around 1 in 5 adults in Guilford County – about 75,000 individuals – lack the basic skills to fill out a job application or read a children’s book. Another 25% cannot read at a high school level.

Adults with low literacy are more likely to be unemployed and to live in poverty. Reading Connections provides programs focused on basic reading and writing, math, GED preparation, essential employment readiness skills, basic computer use, family literacy, and English skills for speakers of other languages.

Last year, more than 825 students were served by Reading Connections, but the need remains critical.

Currently in Guilford County, there are more than 65 people waiting for a tutor. Please consider sharing your strengths with Reading Connections and volunteer. Volunteers can be matched with students individually or in small groups.

To register for training or for more information, call Laura Mims at 336-230-2223, or e-mail

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