Officials at LearningQuest say they are in desperate need of volunteers to help people learn to read.
According to a news release from the organization, formerly known as the Stanislaus Literacy Center, more than 50 adults have asked for help with reading. These include a 65-year-old woman born in Korea whose school was destroyed in the Korean War and who moved to the United States at the age of 41; a 33-year-old man born and raised in Modesto who earned a high school diploma but still can’t read or write beyond the sixth-grade level; and a 21-year-old woman who left high school when she got pregnant before her junior year and who needs help preparing for her GED test.
Volunteers are asked to meet for at least 90 minutes twice a week in a public location. Students are matched with volunteers who have similar availability.
Anyone interested in helping one of these people or someone like them can attend a new tutor orientation session and training, set for Jan. 21 and Jan. 25 respectively. The orientation is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the training is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A materials fee of $10 can be waived upon request. The sessions are offered at LearningQuest, 1032 11th St., Modesto.
To sign up for the orientation and training, call (209) 558-4505. More information about the programs, how to volunteer or make a donation can be found at www.lqslc.com.