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Current Volunteer Needs

volunteerBefore beginning as a volunteer at Literacy Advance, you'll need to register - if you haven't already done so, you can read the Volunteer FAQs, or request further information about joining our wonderful group of volunteers.

Our current needs (click on any title for details):

Admin/Office/Student Help

Can you lead Student Registration sessions?

student registrationOur Student Registration sessions are important first steps for any new adult student wishing to take free classes at Literacy Advance. In a 2-hour session, new students fill out basic paperwork, learn about Literacy Advance, and take a short placement test (CASAS appraisal) to help us work out their literacy level and place them in the correct class.

Student Registration sessions include a PowerPoint presentation, to add the crucial visual element for our students who struggle with English, and plain language paperwork. We also have translations of important information, with multiple languages available, allowing most students to take home a summary of the most important points in their first language.

We're looking for new leaders! Can you spare a few hours to help new students come aboard? Training is provided, and staff are always close by to help if there are questions. We hold multiple New Student Registration sessions per week, but how often you get involved is entirely up to you.

Read a full role description here, and get in touch with Maxine, the Volunteer Manager, if you have questions or would like to get started:, or 713.266.8777. 

Alumni Group Leaders & Helpers

Looking for expressions of interest

alumniOur Alumni group, for graduated ESL students, has been quiet of late - and we want to change that. We're looking for volunteers interested in either leading or helping coordinate this group.

Structure is flexible;  we're hoping that the group could meet once or twice a month. In previous years, the group has met either for conversation or for a fun activity, such as a free day at a Houston museum, or similar.

We hope that leaders and helpers will have been involved as volunteer tutors at Literacy Advance, so if that's you, and you think this sounds interesting, please call 713.266.8777 and ask for Diana, our Transition Coach, or email her:


Can you help at the Wilcrest front desk?

front desk help

Can you help us out in the new year?

Light duties (answering phones, greeting people as they come in), friendly atmosphere, and training provided. Spanish speaker preferred, but not necessary.

NOTE: You don't need to be able to do the full time listed - please just tell us what part of the time you could do! We're very flexible!

Most pressing needs right now:

Monday mornings

Tuesdays after 1pm

Wednesdays after 1pm

Thursdays after 1pm

If you can spend even a couple of hours a week with us, we’ll pour you a fresh cup of coffee! Please contact Maxine at 713.266.8777 or

family literacy

Volunteer for a Family Literacy Event!

family literacyOur Family Literacy program is bustling, and we always need volunteers!

Help us with literacy activities for the students (pre-kindergarten through 5th grade), distribute free books to the children, or register the families as they arrive. 

Most events begin between 5pm and 5:30pm; volunteers arrive between 4pm and 4:30pm.

All volunteers will need to complete a Criminal Background Check before being involved (Literacy Advance will cover the costs for this).

Upcoming events:

  • will be listed soon!

Family Literacy Events get quiet over summer, but look out for fall dates coming soon.

If you're interested in volunteering for an event, please contact us for more information, or call 713.266.8777 and ask to speak to Khushboo.

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We want to spread the word about our adult students and their many achievements, our dedicated volunteers and their hours of service, and the long-lasting good that can occur when the two get together.

Literacy Ambassadors connect Literacy Advance to the Houston community by inviting new people to Story Time tours, to spend one hour learning about Literacy Advance through the stories of our learners, our volunteers, and our many supporters.

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