See below for a full list of volunteer opportunities
For information contact the Executive Director Joan Ricci  

Next Tutor Training starts in July
Daytime - Mondays and Tuesdays 9:30 - 12:00
July 23rd, 24th, 30th, 31st, August 6th, 7th 
 For further information or to register:
call (508) 226-3603

or email
 Other Volunteer Opportunities


Availability after 5pm in the evening – Monday, Wednesday, every other Thursday

Answer phone and make appointments, talk to students coming in to practice English

Graphic Arts

Help develop flyers for outreach and special events

Website management

Help update the website

Board of Directors

Meets 10 times per year, 2nd Thursday of each month 6 – 7:30 (no meetings in July and December)

Workshop facilitator

Run 1 -2 hour workshops for small groups of students on specific topics – workshops can be repeated

Suggested topics include use of smartphone and email, resume writing, job interview practice, Rosetta Stone, Duolingo, college applications and financing info, online job applications

Building and grounds

Painting, Landscaping, installation and removal of window air conditioners (small) general cleaning and maintenance


Help with Tech plan, Update Ipads, update desktop computers, train staff on use of Ipads and Smart TVS

A Sense of Service

Richard has been giving back his entire life and has had a diverse career path since graduating from Providence College. He has taught Math, been a payroll supervisor, worked as Quality Control Technician and was a Director at a Human Services organization.

He feels that these experiences including what he does currently as a special needs bus driver, helping the elderly with financial assistance and being a teacher’s assistant for 1st graders, all give him a wonderful perspective on tutoring.

The most recent recipient of the Donna Morse Award, given to a person who exemplifies her vision of opportunity for all, humbles Richard and all he could say is that “It was a surprise.”

Richard learned about tutoring opportunities at the Literacy Center as many had before him.  He saw a the big sign out in front of the building.  After taking the training he was off and running. He is so passionate that he now tutors five people in High School Math. “It’s just wonderful to watch people advance.” Believing in their development is his key to being a great tutor.  “You encourage students through showing them their progress.” He acknowledges that it takes patience. “Everyone is different they have to be self-motivated.” No matter the student’s pace, the personal satisfaction he feels is the same.

Although Richard has a history of service he understands that tutors do come from all walks of life.  He encourages people to try giving it a shot.  His advice,” “Come to the training, see if it satisfies your need, meet the staff, they are wonderful, Joan (Ricci, Executive Director) is terrific, Jennifer (Orellana, Career and Educational Counselor) is nice and some of the staff that are no longer here were great. Try it out, see if you have a feel for it, if you don’t just walk away."

His call to have others explore the possibility of tutoring is based on the reward he feels. If you feel as though helping others may also provide you with that same sense of accomplishment, then contact the Literacy Center at (508) 226-3603.






There are many other ways to volunteer at the Literacy Center.
Work with students 1-on-1 or in small in groups in one of the following areas: Reading, Writing, Math, Computers, Career Exploration, English Pronunciation and Conversation, Citizenship or High School Equivalency Prep.
Teacher's Aide
Tutor students in class as a Teacher's Aide.

Reception Desk / Clerical Assistance
We always need help at the reception desk.

Board of Directors
10 meetings per year. 

Fundraising Committee
Help with annual events and new fundraising ideas. Annual events include the Family Mystery Night in the Fall, the annual fund drive in December and the International Tasting in the Spring.

Building and Grounds Committee
Help care for our beloved old mansion and yard.

"I began tutoring at The Literacy Center two years ago because I wanted to help others. What I've found is that the experience has helped me just as much. Working with so many diverse people has made my life richer and I feel much more connected to my community as a result."

- Beth, Tutor