If you can read this, you are just the person we are looking for! Call Sarah at 231-766-5040 and start making a difference today.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Read Muskegon. We wouldn’t be able to provide our services without their dedication and enthusiasm. You don’t have to be a teacher or have a background in literacy to be a tutor, our staff will provide you with all of the training and support that you’ll need.

Please consider volunteering in one of the following ways:

  • 1-1 Tutors – You will work one on one with an adult who is struggling to read, helping them to identify and reach real life goals such as obtaining a GED, applying for a job, or reading with their child. 1-1 tutors meet weekly with their learner and we ask that you make a minimum of a one year commitment.
  • Literacy Lab Volunteer – You will provide literacy support to adults at these drop-in programs which are house in Head Start centers, adult education programs, and public schools. This opportunity has a more flexible time commitment.
  • Exit Program- This is a class taught by a Read Muskegon employee that works with men from the Muskegon County Jail that are currently incarcerated. The class is goal-oriented and teaches family literacy as well. Volunteers in this class help the teacher with lessons, games, activities, and more!
  • Michigan Works Class- This class is also taught by a Read Muskegon employee. The learners are adults with children and are in the PATH program at Michigan Works. This class focuses on goal-oriented learning as well as a family literacy component. Volunteers in this class help the teacher with lessons, games, activities, and more!
  • Jail Programs: We have two classes within Muskegon County Jail: one for men and one for women. These volunteers need to be passionate, understanding, and forgiving. These classes run similar to MI Works and EXIT where there is a Read Muskegon employee and volunteers in this class help the teacher with lessons, games, activities, and more.
  • Event/Workshop Volunteer – Assist our staff with fun events such as family literacy nights, ABC’s of Cooking classes, or the Holiday Literacy Village.

To serve as a volunteer we ask that you meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Agree to a criminal background check
  • Attend a Volunteer Orientation & Training
  • Cultural sensitivity to people of diverse backgrounds

Orientation & Training Calendar

2017 Training Dates:

Feb. 6th and 7th

April 3rd and 4th
June 5th and 6th or 6th and 7th
All trainings are from 5:45pm-9pm and will be held at Read Muskegon’s offices. 

Before taking this training you must go through an hour-long orientation. This training is for anyone interested in volunteering for Read Muskegon. During this training you will learn about all of our different programs, how to teach someone how to read, how to tutor adults, as well as different strategies, tips, and tricks. Please RSVP and/or sign up for an orientation by contacting Sarah at 231.766.5040. RSVPs are mandatory in order to plan for food and materials.