Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline

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  • Over 1.1 million workers in Massachusetts have less than a high school diploma and/or limited English skills, and can't compete in our state's rapidly changing economy.
  • Mothers who are enrolled in adult education programs are more involved in their children's education.
  • Adults with low literacy skills are half as likely as their more educated neighbors to vote.

Courtesy of the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education.

What Are Some Reasons to Volunteer?

  • Help a parent learn how to read so they can help their children.
  • Help an adult prepare to take the GED© or HiSET® (high school equivalency test).
  • Help someone improve their skills so they can get a better job.
  • Help newcomers learn to speak English.
  • Make a difference in your community.

When Are Volunteers Needed?

Volunteers are needed for daytime and/or evening sessions, depending on the particular program. Some programs need volunteers for weekend class times as well.

How Much of a Time Commitment is Needed?

The time commitment varies with each program. A typical minimum time commitment for a volunteer is only 2-5 hours per week over a period of 3-12 months.

How Do I Start Volunteering?

Online: Click on Find A Program to begin searching for a local program online. Follow the instructions to complete your customized search and use the contact list to call the appropriate programs and make an appointment with their volunteer coordinator.

By Phone: Call the Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline at 1-800-447-8844. Hotline staff will provide you with several referrals to appropriate local programs. Next, call the programs to make an appointment to visit the program or to sign up for their volunteer training.

Resources and Support

Educators and volunteers working in adult education programs should check the SABES website for professional development opportunities and additional resources.

Still Need Help? Give us a call! 1-800-477-8844