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Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. kicked off the 12th Annual 1200 Tutors in 12 Weeks campaign on International Literacy Day, Sept. 8, 2015. The campaign aims to recruit 1200 new volunteer literacy tutors across the state of Wisconsin by Dec. 1, 2015. The Portage County Literacy Council, which is a member of Wisconsin Literacy, is participating in the campaign to recruit tutors for adults that live and/or work in Portage County. Volunteers are needed throughout the county, including Stevens Point, Plover, Junction City, and Almond.
There are a lot of reasons adult learners come to their local literacy agency for help. Some want to improve their reading or writing so they can go on to a technical school or 4-year college. Some need to get their GED so they can qualify for a job. Others are immigrants or refugees who need to work on their English so they can get a better job or enter an occupational training program. The main way a literacy agency can help all those who want to learn is when people volunteer as tutors.
Those interested in becoming a volunteer literacy tutor at the PCLC can learn more at this link or by calling 715-345-5341. Most tutors volunteer one-to-two hours per week and help in the areas they feel most comfortable. Teaching experience is not required, just a desire to share the basic skills that are so important for adults to have a good quality of life and help their families in our community. The next new tutor trainings are September 30 and October 15.
The Portage County Literacy Council recently hired Kristy SeBlonka to lead the organization. Kristy has a background in community development and anti-poverty work, and has been a English language tutor for over 10 years. She and her husband have lived in Stevens Point for over five years. Welcome, Kristy!