Resolve to Change a Life in 2023: Become a Literacy Volunteer!

DCLC Press Release
December 12, 2022

As 2023 approaches, why not resolve to help others improve their lives by becoming a volunteer literacy tutor or volunteer classroom aide with Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC)?

Volunteering your time, knowledge, and energy to help an adult improve his or her basic skills can be an uplifting and meaningful experience. Volunteer tutors provide one-on-one literacy tutoring to adults in either Adult Basic Education (ABE) or English as a Second Language (ESL). Volunteer classroom aides work with one of DCLC’s instructors, usually in an online class, to help adult ABE or ESL students with guided practice, projects, and other learning activities. Online and in-person volunteering options are available.

Volunteering with adult literacy students not only results in gratifying personal rewards, but it also helps strengthen the entire community.

Just ask Volunteer ESL Tutor Philip Sheau (on right in photo), who tutors Lawrence Adedipe online (on left). When Lawrence declared that he was interested in becoming a U.S. citizen, Philip started using the 100 study questions found on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website in their lessons. When Lawrence seemed ready to take the test, Philip encouraged him and mentioned the value of being a citizen in time to vote in the November elections.

Lawrence seemed noncommittal. But then in September 2022, Lawrence surprised his tutor with the news that he had passed the citizenship test. Lawrence invited Philip to the swearing-in ceremony in Philadelphia.

Said Philip, “It was an absolute surprise to me, and I felt much joy and happiness for him as well as a sense of accomplishment for both Lawrence and me.”

Volunteer tutors meet their adult students twice a week at a mutually convenient time, either online or in a public place such as a local library. DCLC provides free training to volunteer tutors and volunteer classroom aides, as well as free tutoring materials and ongoing support. Volunteer tutors and classroom aides do not need to know a language other than English, and no previous teaching or tutoring experience is required.

Founded in 1975, Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) provides free literacy services to local adults, including online and in-person classes and tutoring in basic adult literacy (reading, writing, and math), ESL, GED preparation, and digital skills. DCLC also offers free career services to help adults obtain full-time work.

If you have patience, compassion for others, and a lifelong love of learning, consider sharing your talents by becoming a volunteer tutor or classroom aide in the coming year. For additional information about training dates, the application process, and volunteer expectations, visit . Make this your year of service and commitment. Become a literacy volunteer!

DCLC News: DCLC Offers Free Employment Services & Digital Literacy to Community Members

Employment Coach and participant
Employment Coach Wilma Guzman-Perez (right) of the Immigrant Employment Program reviews job opportunities with Olouchegoun “Champs” Linkpon (left).

Instruction is just the beginning. Sure, local adults come to Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) to study for their GED or to learn English if they are from another country, but DCLC also offers some free programs that may be less familiar to county residents.

In conjunction with the Delaware County Workforce Investment Board, DCLC offers these free programs that help increase the literacy and employability of our entire county.

Back to Work provides free job-search help to Delaware County residents age 40 and over who have received Unemployment Compensation in the last year. Employment Coach Elaine Herbert guides participants through all steps of the job search, helping them find jobs that match their skills. Put her expertise in salary negotiations and career trends to work for you. Get started by completing an interest form.

Immigrant Employment offers free job-search help to immigrants living in Delaware County. DCLC employment coaches can help you look for jobs, complete applications, create a resume, prepare for interviews, and more. Some translation services are available. Get started by completing an interest form.

Digital Literacy Classes provide structured small-group classes to help Delaware County residents learn and practice basic computer skills. These classes are offered at Upper Darby libraries, at DCLC’s building in Chester, and at the Career Link in Chester. Please call the location where you’d like to attend to learn more and register.

  • PA Career Link in Chester, Monday mornings, 610-447-3350
  • Upper Darby Municipal Library, Tuesday mornings, 610-734-7649
  • Upper Darby Sellers Library, Wednesday afternoons, 610-789-4400
  • Upper Darby Primos Library, Thursday mornings, 610-622-8091
  • Delaware County Literacy Council, Friday mornings, 610-876-4811

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